Jeff Dunham is the most popular comedian in America. Of course, you probably know his puppets better than you know him.
Dunham's a talented ventriloquist and his puppets, from Achmed to Peanut, have garnered him millions of DVD sales and hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.
Here's a quick look at Dunham's puppets, which he crafts himself.
“I do everything from materials used, to complication of movements, to what type of paint and how it's applied,” Dunham told us in a 2009 interview. “I construct the characters myself, and much blood, sweat and angst is put into every one of them.”
Most, if not all, of the characters may appear during Dunham's show at CenturyLink Center Omaha tonight.
Peanut: A fuzzy purple whatever is a funny little screwball and one of Dunham's longest-running characters.
Little Jeff: Little Jeff is a dummy that is operated by Peanut, who figured he could be a better ventriloquist than Dunham himself. The dummy is modeled after Dunham and is meant to be his opposite.
Jose: Jose is a jalapeńo pepper. On a stick.
Walter: You've never met a curmudgeon quite like Walter, who's angry about just about everything. “Shut the hell up!” is his favorite thing to say.
Bubba J: He loves NASCAR, beer and being unemployed.
Achmed: The bug-eyed skeleton is a failed (and dead) terrorist. That's right: he's nothing more than a talking, goofy skeleton.
Achmed Junior: Achmed's long-lost son is only half-dead (he sort of looks like a zombie). As it turns out, AJ turned into a kind, caring kid, which is greatly upsetting to his father.
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