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Date of Birth 18 April 1962Dallas, Texas, USA
Birth NameJeffrey Dunham

Mini Bio (1)

Jeff Dunham was born on April 18, 1962 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jeffrey Dunham. He is an actor and writer, known for Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity (2007), Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008) and Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself (2006). He has been married to Audrey Dunham since October 12, 2012. He was previously married to Paige Brown.

Spouse (2)

Audrey Dunham (12 October 2012 - present)
Paige Brown (19 May 1994 - 2010) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

An award-winning ventriloquist.
Two of his characters are apparent homages to characters performed by previous famous ventriloquists. "Bubba J" strongly resembles Mortimer Snerd, performed by Edgar Bergen. "Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick," who has a face but no body, is similar to the disembodied head in a box performed by SeƱor Wences.
Has three daughters: Bree Dunham(adopted), Ashlyn Dunham, and Kenna Dunham, all from his first marriage.
June 2009: His rep has confirmed that he and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce.
"Achmed, Jr." is often referred to as A.J.
"Peanut" is his only puppet not hand made by himself.
Received first puppet, at age 8. Was a Christmas gift from his parents.
Parents are Joyce Dunham and Howard Dunham.
When he was in the process of making Achmed, Jeff Dunham was originally going to call him Phil.
He owns the 1989 Batmobile from Tim Burton's Batman.

Personal Quotes (19)

I'm a geek to the bone.
I try to make the majority of my audience laugh. That's my audience. They'll laugh at the dead terrorist.
A comedian needs to have his own filters, needs to know his audience, how far he can push things.
I've skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly, and my wife. As a standup comic, it is my job to make sure the majority of people laugh, and I believe that comedy is the last true form of free speech.
As humans we like to laugh at our fears, we like to whistle in the dark.
But the mechanics of learning to 'throw your voice' are pretty simple. Anyone with a tongue, an upper palate, teeth, and a normal speaking voice can learn ventriloquism.
When I was eight years old, I got a dummy for Christmas and started teaching myself. I got books and records and sat in front of the bathroom mirror, practising. I did my first show in the third grade and just kept going; there was no reason to quit.
Growing up doing those Kiwanis Clubs, doing those Cub Scout banquets, doing those church shows, I learned to find that sensibility that most people could laugh at - that all ages and demographics could laugh at.
Stand-up comedy is tough right now. Anybody can come to a concert, tape you, and put you up on the Internet. You either fight it or embrace it.
I've always said that instead of watching a guy juggle seven things amazingly I would rather see a really bad juggler who's really funny.
The best place to find material is in real life. I've always maintained that it's not until the mid-20s that you have enough of a life to draw from. There's nothing better for a comic than to go through some bad stuff - and some good stuff, like getting married.
My mother and my father have always supported me. Now in their eighties, they actually clamor onto the tour bus with me once or twice a year so they can watch the performances and hear the crowds. Traveling with eighty-something-year-olds on a tour bus... there has to be some sort of reality show in that.
It's strange because even in the vaudeville days, ventriloquists were never the main attraction. They were the guys brought out to stand in front of the curtain while sets were being changed. Ventriloquism wasn't even celebrated as an art until Edgar Bergen came along in the 1930s.
In 1980, when I graduated from high school, my goal was to be on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson at least once before our ten-year class reunion. Our class reunion was in June of 1990, and I was on 'The Tonight Show' in April 1990, so I made it by a few months.
I had a happy, dramafree youth, growing up in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. The only thing that was slightly unusual compared to most of my friends was that I was an only child... I don't think that's why my parents gave me a dummy, at least they've never copped to it.
When I was in third grade I taught myself ventriloquism... What's hard is to learn to be an entertainer and make people laugh. I was a few years out of college before I felt I had enough material. Then in 1988 I moved to L.A. and started to do some shows at comedy clubs.
We just got a tour bus. I didn't know tour buses could be this nice. It's just me, Brian Haner the guitar guy, the tour manager and a writer. We laugh ourselves silly. Apparently we're going to have a road dog, a miniature pincher. It's the smallest they've ever seen. How masculine am I going to look, working with dolls and a miniature dog?
Up until college age I was using the typical little-boy dummy that sits on the knee and makes woodpecker jokes. My first original character didn't happen until later, and that was Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick.
The only way a ventriloquist speaks differently is that he forgoes using his or her lips, and learns to reproduce sounds using the tongue, upper palate, and teeth only. Those 'difficult' letters are B, F, M, P, V, W, and Y.

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