Four years ago, Jeff Dunham was a working standup comic, headlining the Punchline with his cast of puppets. Then he nabbed a Comedy Central special that struck a chord. He released a DVD that sold millions. His audience grew exponentially larger.
YouTube came along and video of his dead terrorist Achmed character (”Silence! I keel you!”) in 2007 has since received a whopping 101 million page views:
Soon, he was doing 2,500 seat theaters, now 12,000-seat arenas. He even has his own Comedy Central show. It’s been quite a ride for a ventroliquist who struggled for years to break it big.
Now Dunham is so busy, his most valuable commodity – his voice – is being rationed. In fact, I couldn’t do a phone interview with him. The man’s too busy even for a live online chat. So I got an email interview. And even then, I was limited to four questions.
So this is it. It’s not nearly as interesting as a real interview would have been, but it’s the best I could get:
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