Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is riding the gravy train these days. This includes his own TV show titled, originally enough, The Jeff Dunham Show. This low budget Comedy Central show was picked up by The Comedy Network and will air Tuesdays at 10 P.M. starting October 27th 2009. This is not an especially good sketch comedy show but it is not that bad either. This show is aimed at an adult audience, preferably rednecks.
How do you get a ventriloquist his own TV show? You have him and his puppets leave the studio for some encounters with real people in a series of short sketches.
There are moments in the Jeff Dunham Show that made me uncomfortable such as the pilot episode where Walter says, “Holy crap. What has happened to this world. You’re on TV, there’s a Black man in the White House. I have lived too friggin long.”
The pilot episode has Walter and Jeff Dunham consulting a therapist because they always seem to argue. Turns out the therapist is gay and this is sort of a biggish deal. A better bit is the fake commercial for the Ahmed the Terrorist stand-up comedy DVD “You might be a terrorist if….”
Another sketch has Peanut hitting the dating scene and meeting semi-celebrity Brooke Hogan. This is pretty much a disaster. So is the skit involving the dreadful Bubba J going to a gunshop and taking a gun safety lesson.
The Jeff Dunham Show is not something you want to make sure you stay home for or even set your DVD recorder to but if you happen to catch it it is fun enough to watch. You might want to catch it soon as I am betting it will not last that long.
Other Jeff Dunham Reviews
Arguing With Myself: Disappointing, uselessly blue and risque performance from an excellent ventriloquist who is better than that
Spark Of Insanity: The good Jeff Dunham DVD
Jeff Dunham Very Special Christmas Special - The Comedy Network Dec. 5th 20th 22nd 25th 2008: Very good comedy Christmas show by ventriloquist
Very Special Christmas Special DVD: The ventriloquist, Peanut, Walter, Jose Jalapeno et al in a longer version of the Comedy Central Christmas Special
The Jeff Dunham Show DVD: This situation comedy lasted all of 7 episodes for obvious reasons.
Controlled Chaos: Could have been good but just redneck racist by the end.
Minding the Monsters Blu-ray: This is the ventriloquist s best show ever.
Achmed Saves America: 60 minute cartoon about Achmed coming to America. Pretty good.
All Over the Map: Ventriloquist on an entertaining world tour.