There aren’t many times when you can ask someone, “Who’s that guy playing at the AT&T Center” and have them say, “Oh, he’s a ventriloquist.”
In fact, there may only be one guy who fits this bill: Jeff Dunham.
Dunham made her debut after receiving a model for a year under the Christmas tree. Most kids would probably tire of the toy on or around December 26, but not this one.
Dunham rose through the ranks as a ventriloquist, eventually visiting comedy clubs, and his career seems to have no ceiling.
Slate hailed him “America’s favorite comedian” and Weather the magazine summarized him as “a dressed up, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder”.
Psychological professionals might scoff at the idea that such a diagnosis exists, but when someone’s alternate characters include American archetypes like a grumpy old man (“Walter”), a “hyperactive lunatic” (” Peanut”) or a NASCAR enthusiast (“Bubba J”), they likely meet the clinical criteria.
But beware: Dunham is not Uncle Joey of Full house. Its characters get edgy, so parents are advised not to assume that just because they’re puppets, they’re kid-friendly.
$53.50, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 10, AT&T Center, One AT&T Center, (210) 440-5000, attcenter.com.
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