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November 4, 2009 | Greg Braxton
In the last few years, Jeff Dunham has become something akin to a rock star. The 47-year-old entertainer routinely sells out concert halls and arenas at home and abroad, travels in a decked-out touring bus and just launched a new weekly cable television show. He can thank a bunch of dummies with names including Bubba J, Walter and Achmed the Dead Terrorist for his astonishing success. For the first time since the heyday of Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy and "The Ed Sullivan Show," nearly a half century ago, ventriloquism has moved back into the entertainment mainstream, and Dunham is leading the way. With his tousled-hair guy-next-door look and a comedy routine that mixes raucous banter with his dummies' riffs on life, the Encino resident's rise has gone mostly unnoticed by the national media.
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November 4, 2009 | Greg Braxton
In the last few years, Jeff Dunham has become something akin to a rock star. The 47-year-old entertainer routinely sells out concert halls and arenas at home and abroad, travels in a decked-out touring bus and just launched a new weekly cable television show. He can thank a bunch of dummies with names including Bubba J, Walter and Achmed the Dead Terrorist for his astonishing success. For the first time since the heyday of Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy and "The Ed Sullivan Show," nearly a half century ago, ventriloquism has moved back into the entertainment mainstream, and Dunham is leading the way. With his tousled-hair guy-next-door look and a comedy routine that mixes raucous banter with his dummies' riffs on life, the Encino resident's rise has gone mostly unnoticed by the national media.
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May 14, 1992 | GLENN DOGGRELL, ASSISTANT SAN DIEGO ARTS EDITOR
Jeff Dunham just wanted to do something different. Even though the ventriloquist-comedian was a huge fan of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, he felt he could do something more. So, about four years ago, he came up with Peanut, a woozle, and Walter, a crank. Peanut is light purple with a splotch of green hair and one red high-top tennis shoe--or as Walter describes him, "a Muppet on heroin." Walter is human, almost. Neither creation will be mistaken for the wooden Charlie.
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October 25, 2009
Karen O : We came down in the middle on Spike Jonze's visually arresting but uneven adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are," but one thing we are certain of is its appropriately feral soundtrack, led by this singer from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Joined by a children's choir and a host of fellow indie rockers from the likes of Liars and Deerhunter, Karen O's raucous mood music sounds how wild childhood feels. 'Searching for Michael Peterson' : We've never been brave enough to surf anything larger than our sofa, but this documentary about the troubled '70s surf icon makes us wish we were.
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May 28, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham prides himself on growth. Unlike too many performers in the field, the Dallas native constantly turns his act over, separating the lemons from the laughs. The show you saw a year ago is not the show you'll see now. Thursday night at the Brea Improv was Exhibit A. He was last there eight months ago, and that show was splendid. This show is even better.
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August 19, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
Jeff Dunham is hoping his newest character, Bubba, doesn't end up in the attic. That's where the ventriloquist/comedian exiles the puppets who don't work out for one reason or another. Fans of Dunham know Peanut and Walter, the two most successful characters in his stable of performers, but for every puppet that works, there are at least two that don't, he says.
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August 29, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
As a comedian, Jeff Dunham holds a unique distinction: He's the only comic who, at the conclusion of his debut on "The Tonight Show" last year, has had the audacity to tell Johnny Carson: "It'll be a cold day in hell before I come back to this show!" Of course, while the words came out of Dunham's mouth, they actually were uttered by the disgruntled Walter, Dunham's permanently scowling curmudgeon of a dummy whose catch phrases are "Who the hell cares" and "I don't give a damn."
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May 26, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, Glenn Doggrell writes about comedy for The Times Orange County Edition.
As someone who flies constantly and is on the road about 40 weeks a year doing 250 to 300 dates, comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham shouldn't be surprised by much. Or so you'd think. But one incident in Alabama a while back left him muttering. He was putting his bags through the X-ray machine at a little airport in the middle of nowhere, and as he always does, he was packing his main men (Peanut and Walter) on board with him.
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February 1, 2001
ANAHEIM 9pm Pop Music Social Distortion wraps its sold-out nine-night stint at the new House of Blues in Anaheim with two final shows tonight and Friday. Die-hards can hope for last-minute ticket cancellations to one of these must-see shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2009
Karen O : We came down in the middle on Spike Jonze's visually arresting but uneven adaptation of "Where the Wild Things Are," but one thing we are certain of is its appropriately feral soundtrack, led by this singer from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Joined by a children's choir and a host of fellow indie rockers from the likes of Liars and Deerhunter, Karen O's raucous mood music sounds how wild childhood feels. 'Searching for Michael Peterson' : We've never been brave enough to surf anything larger than our sofa, but this documentary about the troubled '70s surf icon makes us wish we were.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2001
ANAHEIM 9pm Pop Music Social Distortion wraps its sold-out nine-night stint at the new House of Blues in Anaheim with two final shows tonight and Friday. Die-hards can hope for last-minute ticket cancellations to one of these must-see shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham prides himself on growth. Unlike too many performers in the field, the Dallas native constantly turns his act over, separating the lemons from the laughs. The show you saw a year ago is not the show you'll see now. Thursday night at the Brea Improv was Exhibit A. He was last there eight months ago, and that show was splendid. This show is even better.
NEWS
May 26, 1994 | GLENN DOGGRELL, Glenn Doggrell writes about comedy for The Times Orange County Edition.
As someone who flies constantly and is on the road about 40 weeks a year doing 250 to 300 dates, comedian-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham shouldn't be surprised by much. Or so you'd think. But one incident in Alabama a while back left him muttering. He was putting his bags through the X-ray machine at a little airport in the middle of nowhere, and as he always does, he was packing his main men (Peanut and Walter) on board with him.
NEWS
August 19, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
Jeff Dunham is hoping his newest character, Bubba, doesn't end up in the attic. That's where the ventriloquist/comedian exiles the puppets who don't work out for one reason or another. Fans of Dunham know Peanut and Walter, the two most successful characters in his stable of performers, but for every puppet that works, there are at least two that don't, he says.
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September 24, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for O.C. Live!
When ventriloquist Jeff Dunham added a curmudgeonly old character named Walter to his act three years ago, he figured Walter would be worth maybe a two-minute bit. But the dummy with the perpetual scowl and the sour-grapes attitude advanced almost immediately from cameo to starring role. How sour is Walter? He's the kind of guy who, having just come back from his second honeymoon at Disneyland, grumbled that "they should turn 'It's a Small World' into an international shooting gallery."
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May 14, 1992 | GLENN DOGGRELL, ASSISTANT SAN DIEGO ARTS EDITOR
Jeff Dunham just wanted to do something different. Even though the ventriloquist-comedian was a huge fan of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, he felt he could do something more. So, about four years ago, he came up with Peanut, a woozle, and Walter, a crank. Peanut is light purple with a splotch of green hair and one red high-top tennis shoe--or as Walter describes him, "a Muppet on heroin." Walter is human, almost. Neither creation will be mistaken for the wooden Charlie.
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