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Sunday To-Do: Jeff Dunham

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM

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JEFF DUNHAM
5 p.m., Verizon Arena. $42.50.

Last year, Forbes listed ventriloquist Jeff Dunham as the third highest-earning comedian in the U.S., behind Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock. His 2008 Christmas special on Comedy Central owns the record as the most watched program in network history. One of his YouTube videos, the introduction of a puppet called "Achmed the Dead Terrorist," a skeleton with a turban whose main gag is saying "I keel you," is currently the 10th most watched video on the website. "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," the Dallas-born comedian told The New York Times last year. Which is another way of saying he — like perhaps his closest comedy analogue Tyler Perry — is the master of toothless, lowest common denominator comedy; he's a fart joke, a soft peddler of anti-political correctness. If that's not your comedy sweet spot, he's profoundly unfunny. Either way, one thing's for sure: Dunham's laughing all the way to the bank.

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