Jeff Dunham is an American comedian and ventriloquist. His style of comedy has proved very popular and has landed him in several shows, including Sonny With a Chance, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and Comedy Central Presents.
With the success of his shows and his fan base, he has also received six Comedy Central Specials Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Madness, Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos, and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special.
His Comedy Central Special, A Very Special Christmas Special, was the most-watched central comedy show in television history. Within the first two weeks of its release, the DVD sold nearly half a million copies. He then starred in a short-lived comedy sketch show, The Jeff Dunham Show, which did not go very well and was canceled after seven episodes.
As for his humor, his characters are all politically incorrect and very bad-tempered, but somehow Jeff Dunham manages to prove his skills as a comedian and actor. He is also credited with the revival of ventriloquism and the appreciation of this art.
Slate.com once called him “America’s Favourite Comedian”. He is also referred to as one of the highest-earning comedians in North America and the highest-earning American comedian in Europe. He has sold over four million DVDs and sold goods worth over $7 million, which makes sense considering that his videos have had over 350 million views on Youtube. Some of his videos have found their way into the list of most-watched videos on YouTube.
Jeff is currently considered one of the greatest American comedians in recent history, alongside Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. From 2008 to 2009 Jeff allegedly earned 30 million dollars, which makes him one of the comics with the highest sales this year. He also made it into the Guinness Book of Records for holding the record for “Most tickets sold for a stand-up comedy tour. He was able to set this record during his “Spark of Insanity” tour, during which he performed at 386 venues around the world.
But he is more than just a comedian, he is also an actor and has appeared in several films and television series, which has expanded his repertoire. Jeff Dunham is undoubtedly one of the most talented performers of our time, having succeeded in portraying his comedy in an essentially forgotten form of entertainment until he revived it.
Bio & Age
Jeffrey Dunham was born in Dallas, Texas, on April 18, 1962. He was adopted by Howard Dunham – a real estate appraiser – and Joyce Dunham, a housewife, when he was only three months old. He grew up in their Presbyterian household and wealthy neighborhood. He was also her only child.
Jeff started ventriloquism when he was only eight years old after his parents bought him a doll and a “How-to” album for Christmas. The very next day he looked at a ventriloquism manual from the library, which he has not returned to this day. Already at a young age, he decided that he didn’t just want to be a good ventriloquist, but the best there ever was. This led to him performing for hours in front of the mirror. He also studied the routine of the legendary comedian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergan to perfect his performance. Jeff often compared ventriloquism to juggling and said it was a learned skill.
Jeff began attending Vent Haven ConVENTion, an annual international gathering of ventriloquists, in the sixth grade to improve his ventriloquism skills. It is safe to say that his years of dedication have paid off.
Jeff Dunham’s Family – Daughters, Sons, Wife & Divorce
Jeff Dunham began dating Paige Brown in 1992 and in 1994 the two married and he adopted Bree, their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. They had two other children together – Ashlyn, born in 1995, and Kenna, born in 1997. Unfortunately, Jeff’s performances and travels strained his marriage and he filed for divorce in 2008.
In 2009 he began a relationship with Audrey Murdick, a competitive bodybuilder, nutritionist, and personal trainer. The two got engaged and married in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 it was announced that Audrey was expecting twin boys. In October 2012 she gave birth to Jack Steven and James Jeffrey.
Jeff Dunham currently has an applaudable net worth of $45 million. The actor and comedian have worked for years and built a respectable craft to be worth so much. As a result, he is currently one of the richest comedians in the world. He is certainly proof that hard work pays off.