Jeffrey “Jeff” Dunham (born April 18, 1962) is an American ventriloquist, producer, and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents, The Tonight Show and Sonny With a Chance. Dunham also starred in The Jeff Dunham Show, a series on the network in 2009.
His style has been described as “a dressed-down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder”. Describing his characters, Time magazine said, “All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.” Dunham has been credited with reviving ventriloquism, and doing more to promote the art form than anyone since Edgar Bergen.
Achmed the Dead Terrorist
This video is the 1st where he introduced his crazy character Achmed The Dead Terrorist. Achmed is the skeletal corpse of an incompetent suicide bomber, whom Dunham uses to satirize the contemporary issue of terrorism. He is known for yelling, “Silence! I kill you!” to Dunham and people laughing in the audience. Achmed first appeared in Spark of Insanity, and has since appeared in every Dunham special since then. In Spark of Insanity the audience learns several things about Achmed. When Dunham says that Achmed must be dead because he’s a skeleton, Achmed responds, “It’s a flesh wound.” When Dunham inquires as to how he died, Achmed explains his incompetence with explosives, while also casting aspersions on Dunham’s sexual prowess by saying that they both suffer from “premature detonation”. Although he frequently mentions working for Osama Bin Laden, Achmed denies being a Muslim and says “Look at my a**! It says ‘Made in China’!”. He says he is afraid of Walter, partially because he’s “one mean son of a bitch” and finds Walter’s flatulence to be more potent than Saddam Hussein’s mustard gas. In Very Special Christmas Special, he sings a song called “Jingle Bombs”.