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Jeff Dunham returns to Verizon Arena

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM

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Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who Pollstar named the top-grossing comedian in 2009, is bringing a new show called "Controlled Chaos" to Verizon Arena next year. The show's slated for 8 p.m., Friday, March 9 and tickets, which run $43.50, are available via the Verizon Box Office and Ticketmaster.

Dunham is bringing along several new characters, according to Pollstar.

Two new characters will be making their Dunham debut. “Achmed Junior” is described as the “not-as-equally skeletal son of Achmed The Dead Terrorist” while “Little Jeff” is a mini-version of Dunham himself.

Here's what I wrote in a preview of Dunham's show last year at Verizon.

In 2009, 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 in 2009. 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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