Jeff Dunham is an American comedian and ventriloquist. His comedy genre proved to be very popular and landed him several shows including Sonny with a Chance, Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show and Comedy Central Presents.
With the success of his shows and his fanbase, he also received six special comedy specials Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map, Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Madness, Jeff Dunham: Manding the Monsters, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos, and Jeff Dunham’s Christmas Special.
Its comedy central special, A Very Special Christmas Special, was the most-watched comedy central telecast viewing in history. It also sold nearly half a million copies in the first two weeks of the DVD release. He then starred in a short-lived sketch comedy show, The Jeff Dunham Show, which did not do very well and was canceled after seven episodes.
For his style of humor, his characters are always politically incorrect and very moody, but Jeff Dunham makes it all work, showcasing his acting and performing skills. He has also been recognized for his responsibility in reviving the art of ventriloquism and the appreciation of this art.
Slate.com called him “America’s Favorite Comedian”. He is also considered one of the highest-grossing comedians in North America and the highest-grossing American comic in Europe. He has sold more four million DVDs and over $7 million in merchandise sales, which makes sense considering his videos on youtube have had over 350 million views and some of his videos have been added to the video list most viewed on YouTube.
Jeff is currently ranked as one of the greatest comedians in recent history, alongside Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. From 2008 to 2009, Jeff earned $30 million, making it one of the highest-grossing comics of that year. He also landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the record “Most Tickets Sold for a ‘Stand-Up’ Comedy Tour.” He was able to catch this record during his Spark of Madness tour which saw him perform in 386 venues around the world.
More than a comedian, he is also an actor and has appeared in several films and television series, expanding his repertoire. Jeff Dunham is undoubtedly one of the most talented performers today because he managed to deliver his comedy in a form of entertainment that was essentially forgotten until he resurrected it.
Bio & Age
Jeffrey Dunham was born on April 18, 1962 in Dallas, Texas. He was adopted by Howard Dunham – a property appraiser – and Joyce Dunham, a homemaker, when he was just three months old. He grew up in their Presbyterian home and in their affluent neighborhood. He was also their only child.
Jeff got into ventriloquism when he was just eight years old after his parents bought him a modeling album and how-to guide for Christmas. The very next day, he glanced at a how-to book on ventriloquism that he hadn’t yet returned to the library. From a young age, he decided that he not only wanted to be a good ventriloquist, but also the best ever. This led him to play for hours in front of the mirror. He also studied the routines of famous comedian and ventriloquist Edgar Bergan to perfect his act. Jeff has often compared ventriloquism to juggling, saying it’s a learned skill.
Jeff began attending Vent Haven ConVENTion, an annual international meeting of ventriloquists when he was fresh out of sixth grade to improve his ventriloquism skills. It’s safe to say that his years of dedication have paid off.
Jeff Dunham’s Family – Daughters, Sons, Wife and Divorce
Jeff Dunham started dating Paige Brown in 1992 and in 1994 they married and he adopted Bree, his one and a half year old daughter. They had two more children together – Ashlyn, born in 1995, and Kenna, born in 1997. Unfortunately, Jeff’s time playing during his trip and his travels put a strain on his marriage and he filed for divorce in 2008.
In 2009, he began a relationship with Audrey Murdick, a competitive bodybuilder, nutritionist and personal trainer. The two got engaged in 2011 and 2012 and married. In 2015, it was announced that Audrey was expecting twins. She gave birth to Jack Steven and James Jeffrey in October 2012.
Jeff Dunham currently has an acclaimed net worth of $45 million. The actor and comedian has spent years working and building a respectable profession that is worth it. He is currently one of the richest comedians in the world. He is certainly proof that hard work pays off.