Jeff Dunham

On a recent visit to The Late Show, Jeff Dunham was introduced by David Letterman as "a man who has twice won the prestigious Ventriloquist of the Year Award," to which the crowd tittered. However, when Dunham came out with his Walter character, he killed, as usual. Ventriloquism may not be the hippest art form on the cusp of 2009, but Dunham notes, "There's actually, in the last few years, been a lot of exposure for ventriloquism. I don't know why. Terry Fator won America's Got Talent, former Soap star Jay Johnson has a Broadway show that has gotten very nice reviews." Dunham also reveals, "Johnson and I went to the same high school, and we live about four miles from each other out here in L.A." Dunham's style has changed little, though he and his cast of characters always have new material. "If anyone saw the show last time I was there, I think it's probably 85 percent different now." Jalapeño, for example, is talking about immigration. A lot of Americans are concerned because they think too many Mexicans are coming here and taking American jobs, to which Jalapeño replies, "That's not true. If we want American jobs we go to India."
Wed., Dec. 31, 7 p.m., 2008

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