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    His television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, his DVD sales have reached six millions units, his video have received a half billion views on Youtube, and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold out arenas worldwide.
    No wonder Time Magazine wrote that he is « the most popular comedian in the United States » and Forbes named him to its Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers two years running.
    Today, Jeff Dunham is a phenomenally successful global entertainment brand.
    Dunham has, of course, plenty of help on-stage: his entourage of signature characters who are there to challenge chastise his every sentence. There’s Walter, the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR-loving and resolutely red neck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper from South of the border ; and the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham, but his characters, who are anything but dummies, have no taken on a life of their own, each with their own legion of fans.
    Dunham’s fascination with ventriloquism began at age eight. It was his parents who gave their son a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy and an accompanying instructional record album.
    By the time he was ten, Jeff was performing anywhere he could find an audience. After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Los Angeles and soon became a sensation on the national comedy club circuit. Multiples performances on just about every stand-up comedy shows known to man followed, as well as frequent guest appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
    In 2006, Jeff’s self-produced Arguing With Myself, his first one hour prime time special, premiered on Comedy Central. The audience reaction was explosive. Almost immediately, fans were posting clips across the Web, views rocketed into the tens of million, and Jeff Dunham became a comedy and a contemporary voice.
    In 2007, Dunham’s self-produced “Spark of inanity”, his second Comedy Central special, again premiered to record ratings and million plus DVD sales. Amazon’s consumer’s rated “Spark” the best DVD of the year. In 2008, his third television’s event, “A Very Special Christmas Special” premiered with 6,6 million viewers to become the cable channel’s most-watched program ever.
    Today, Dunham’s global appeal is undeniable. He was named top-grossing live comedy act in the world in 2009 and 2010 by Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine. He has sold-out stadium-sized shows across three continents, from the United Kingdom to Sydney, Toronto to Copenhagen. He sold-out an 8 000 seat hockey arena in Helsinki, Finland on Easter Sunday, and Dunham doesn’t speak a word of Finnish. Or wedish. Or Norvegian. Or Afrikaan, which are the official langages of some of the countries he has visited. There is universal appeal to Dunham’s relationship with his characters that transcends any small gaps in language translation.
    All three Dunham specials have been released on broadcast, DVD, and mobile platform in Canada, UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, New Zeeland, and South Africa. The DVD of “A Very Special Christmas Special” topped the Danish entertainment chart and Spark of insanity” hit the top 5 of DVD charts in Holland (#2) and South Africa (#5). “Spark of insanity” is the most viewed show ever on Comedy Central Holland, and at one time only two American comedian titles had reached the top 20 on the UK charts. Both were Jeff Dunham specials.
    His limited-series commitment, “The Jeff Dunham Show” premiered as the highest rated series in Comedy Central history with 5,3 million viewers in its initial airing. The DVD was released in May of 2010 and sold more than 100 000 units within the first four weeks.
    In late 2010, Dunham released his autobiography, “All by My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me”, which immediately landed on the New York Times best-seller list. Dunham’s personal story is often interrupted by his characters who are quick to dispute Dunham’s recollection of their history together.
    Dunham has also made many cameo appearances across television and film, from the Emmy-winning comedy series “30 Rock”, to the Jay Roach-directed comedy “Dinner For Schmucks”, starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.
    In 2011, he will launch a new world-wide tour (with some surprising additions to his on-stage family) while maintaining his live appearance commitment at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
    Dunham maintains a unique multi-year, multi-platform distribution arrangement with Comedy Central, content partnerships with Youtube (where his Achmed clip is in the top twenty most all-time viewed and video designated as a favorite), and iTunes.
    Just as Dunham has maintained full control over the world of characters that he has created, he has built an independent company that produces and finances all Dunham projects across all distribution platforms, including live, television, film, merchandise, and home video. He maintains a highly interactive relationship with his fans via and many social networking platforms.
    As an entertainer, Jeff Dunham has truly impacted popular culture, and his character catchphrases, his such as Achmed’s “Silence! I Keel You!” and José Jalapeño’s “On A Steek!” , are now part of our vernacular, much to the delight of multi-generational audiences worldwide.


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