Jeff Dunham is a comedian and ventriloquist who has achieved a great deal of notoriety. Wait, so they’re not a ventriloquist or a comedian, are they? Even Dunham himself doesn’t appear to be aware of the situation. Before he begins releasing his series of famous stooges in each of his comedy releases, he does a strong bit of straight comedy that sets the stage for the rest of his performance. This is the time when he is free to speak jokes about his family and personal life, gags that will later serve to tease his chest full of characters. Due to the fact that he laughs quite a bit during thais introductory part on a regular basis, I was curious as to whether or not he would consider accepting a unique offer that consisted just of a stand-up routine. We now have the solution to this problem.
My conversation with Dunham on his newest book, “Me, The People,” took place not too long ago. In light of the fact that he has spent the better part of the past three decades working in the entertainment industry, he has never actually produced a stand-up comedy show, I inquired as to whether or not he had ever given the idea any consideration. His response was as follows:
I have no doubt in my mind that you are getting down with the person who brought you, and I seriously doubt that anyone will come to watch me perform if I’m simply standing there. However, I enjoy doing it since you are correct in saying that the majority of the stand-up comedy now decides what occurs in the rest of the show… But I don’t think I’ll ever do stand-up alone since ventriloquism is what brought me to where I am today. It’s just too much pressure. And I believe that the audience, it is what they receive for their money.
This reveals Dunham’s self-awareness. His characters are famous like him. Some may recall Walter, Peanuts, and Jose Jalapeno before their creator. Not all of Dunham’s characters are successful, as he recently informed us. He creates charming little mannequins that bring in the crowds, and he won’t stop.
He told a Paul Rubens anecdote to emphasise the importance of luring puppets to his shows:
I remember when the Pee-Wee Theater was huge in Dallas, where I grew up, but I was in Baylor down south when I heard he was at a comedy club. People were upset because he came in as Paul Rubens and not Pee-Wee.Vi. Why come to you, they asked.
Dunham never forgot Paul Rubens’ harsh reaction and still applies what he learned. Rubens seems to have learned from this, since he is still pulling everything he can out of the character and is pursuing a “black” appearance with Uncut Jewels. People will be upset if you leave out an iconic character like Pee-Wee from a live show.
Dunham stands up before his concerts to save money on warming up. Added:
I also considered economics. First, I appreciate touring alone in my own bus. I don’t like sharing my tour bus with the warm-up. Indeed. I paid these guys a lot to open for me. Wait, I’ll be there for 15, 20, 30 minutes. Why warm up?
Obviously. Warming up costs money. Jeff Dunham’s stand-up is such an effective part of his show that it’s ridiculous to think he started to save money and get a tour bus. Gabriel Iglesias told us he had to pay a huge fine after his last special offer.
Jeff Dunham’s new special “I, the People” will air on Comedy Central on November 25. Many more comedy puppet shows will air in 2022 and 2023.