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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday To-Do: Jeff Dunham

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JEFF DUNHAM
7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena, $44.25.

I am a devout lover of comedians, especially those who've challenged the status quo and First Amendment, such as the late Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, George Carlin and Sam Kinison, coincidentally all deceased. I'm not, however, too keen on plagiarizing bastards such as Carlos Mencia, Dane Cook and Denis Leary. But I digress. What little I've seen of Jeff Dunham disappoints, mostly because of his dependence on gender and ethnic stereotypes delivered through puppets, and the terminal lack of originality coming from them. Walter is a retired, grumpy old man who hates his wife. Achmed the Dead Terrorist is a turban-wearing skeletal remain of a suicide bomber. Melvin the Superhero Guy uses his X-ray vision to see thorough bras, and Bubba J digs NASCAR and crappy beer. But what the hell do I know about funny? Larry the Cable Guy's making a fortune off shticks, so Dunham's show could draw a hefty crowd as well. So if you've got a sweet spot for a ventriloquist whose gimmick is to use puppets with least-common-denominator personalities, then Jeff Dunham's "Spark of Insanity" show may just suit your fancy.

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