Jeff Dunham

JeffreyJeffDunham (born April 18, 1962) is an American ventriloquist, producer, and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including The Late Show with David Letterman , Comedy Central Presents , The Tonight Show and Sonny with a chance . He has six specials that run on Comedy Central: Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself , Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity , Jeff Dunham Very Special Christmas Special , Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos , Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters , and Jeff Dunham: All over map . Dunham also starred in Jeff Dunham Show , a series on the network in 2009. [1]

His style has been described as “a dressed down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder.” Describing his characters, Time magazine said: “Everyone is politically incorrect, unjustified insulting and bad tempered.” [2] Dunham has been credited with reviving ventriloquism, [3] and to do more to promote the art form than any since Edgar Bergen. [1]

Dunham has been called “America’s favorite comedian” by, and according to concert industry publication Pollstar , he is the top-grossing standup act in North America, and is among the most successful acts in Europe as well. From November 2009, he has sold over four million DVDs, an additional $ 7 million in merchandise sales, [4] and received over 350 million hits on YouTube as of October 2009 (the start of Achmed the Dead Terrorist in the Spark of Insanity was ranked as the ninth most-watched YouTube video at the time). [1] A Very Special Christmas Special was the most watched telecast in Comedy Central history, with its DVD selling over 400,000 during the first two weeks. [5] ranks Dunham as the third highest-paid comedian in the US behind Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock, [4] and reported that he was one of the highest earning comics from June 2008 to June 2009 earn about $ 30 million in this period. [6] Dunham also makes occasional acting roles.


Dunham was born in Dallas, Texas April 18 1962. [7] [8] [9] When he was three months old, he was adopted by real estate appraisers Howard Dunham, and his homemaker wife Joyce, who raised him in a devoutly Presbyterian household [9 ] in an affluent Dallas neighborhood as an only child. [10]

He began ventriloquism 1970 at the age of eight, when his parents gave him a Mortimer Snerd dummy for Christmas, and an accompanying how-to album. [8] The next day, he checked out a how-to book on ventriloquism from the library, [1] [9] and declared in 2011 that he still had it, remarking that he was “a thief in the third grade.” By fourth grade, Dunham decided he not only wanted to be a professional ventriloquist, but the best ever. [9] Dunham started practicing for hours in front of a mirror, studying routines Edgar Bergen, and how to play Jimmy Nelson Instant Ventriloquism , [1] find ventriloquism to be a learned skill, like juggling, anyone with a normal speaking voice can acquire. [11] Dunham has explained that, as an only child, he had to be alone, resembled his loneliness to a “warm blanket” which he can explore their own thoughts and ideas, which prepared him for the loneliness of living alone when he later moved to Los Angeles as a struggling comedian. [9]

When Dunham was in the sixth grade, he began to participate in Vent Haven Convention in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, an annual international meeting of ventriloquist which includes competitions, where he met Jimmy Nelson personally. Dunham has missed only one convention since 1977. The organizers of the convention declared finally Dunham a “retired champions”, eligible to enter any more contests, as other participants were too intimidated to race against him. Vent Haven Museum devotes a section to Dunham, along Señor Wences and his idol, Edgar Bergen. [1]



Dunham began performing for audiences as a teenager, [8] in different places such as school, church, and during his job at Six Flags. Through his middle school years, he began to perform for banquets attended local celebrities such as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, has developed his style lampooning those he performed for, using puppets to say things too risque for him to say without them. [1] Dunham television debut came in 1976, when still prepubescent performer attention of Dallas reporters like Bill O’Reilly, who interviewed Dunham for a local news article. [9] Dunham later was advertising Datsun dealer in Dallas and Tyler, while still in high school. [1] [9] While emceeing a high school talent show, he acted with a heckler, and won over the rest of the crowd. [9] During this period he became so associated with his craft that he and one of his dummies “cowrote” a column in the school newspaper, and he would pose with their dummies for yearbooks [1] as a cheap way to acquire professional photos of her action advertising purposes. [12] He was voted most likely to succeed, and in 1980, after he graduated from high school, gave Dunham yourself a career goal to get, within ten years, an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , who was seen as the “Holy Grail “for comedians. [9]

That year, Dunham began attending Baylor University, hoping to graduate with a degree in communications, while performing around the campus.[9] He would also fly around the country on weekends, [1] making up to 100 private shows per year, [9] entertaining corporate clients such as General Electric, whose CEO Jack Welch, mocked during his routine. [1] By his junior year in college (1983-1984), Dunham was making $ 70,000 a year, and as word spread of his action, he landed featured spots open for Bob Hope and George Burns, although he still regarded his action as commodity, because he has no knowledge of stand-up comedy outside his Bill Cosby albums. [9]

He caught a break in 1985 when he was asked to join the Broadway show Sugar Babies with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, who replaces an outgoing amount of action. For naive and devoutly-up Dunham, Broadway was a new world filled with beautiful showgirls and crusty stagehands, and his first taste of the entertainment industry egos came when Rooney called Dunham in his dressing room, and told me he was there for one reason alone: to Rooney could change their costumes. [9] He performed at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island .These early experiences, which he used characters like José Jalapeño on a Stick, taught him the value of changing their actions regionally as pepper jokes that worked well in Texas was not so well received by the audience in Long Island. After graduating from Baylor University in 1986, [11] he continued honing his act in comedy clubs in the southwest with new characters such as peanut and José Jalapeño, but struggled against the notion that he intends from other comedians that he was not a true comedian because he relied on props.

His experience at catching a Rising Star in New York served as a bitter confirmation was ventriloquists were the comic food chain, as Master of Ceremonies at the club gave Dunham little respect. According to Dunham, after he came to the club in the evening and informed the ceremonies that he was a ventriloquist, responded emcee with scorn, says Dunham that he would get a late time slot, and after this time slot came and went, kept pushing Dunham scene until Dunham left club. [9]

In late 1988, knew Dunham his career went as far as it could go in Texas, and he moved to Los Angeles, California, [8] [9] has never, as he commented, “a real job”, [ 13] much to the concern of their parents, who assumed he would demote his action to local venues such as church groups. When he first arrived in Los Angeles, comedy into his act bombed. Dunham attribute their underdeveloped comedy, explains that while the characters’ personalities were developed at that time, his jokes are not. In addition to this, the comedy world is not welcome to the ventriloquist, and his manager, Judi Brown-Marmel, do not use the word “ventriloquist” when finding reservations for him, chooses to present him as a comedy duo. After Dunham became friends with Mike Lacey, owner of The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, gave Lacey Dunham steady torn at the club, where Dunham tightened its action by observing the techniques of comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, and take the advice of colleague Bill Engvall, moving away from his G-Rated material against edgier, more adult themes. [9]


At the end of 1988, Dunham told by James McCawley, a talent booker for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , that Dunham would get a spot on the coveted programs. Although the 26-year-old Dunham was elated that his 10-year goal arriving two years early, McCawley canceled later, Dunham appearance after going with Roseanne Barr, a public performance of Dunham Dunham day before scheduled Tonight Show taping.McCawley informed Dunham on the day of the planned taping that he had been wrong in his first assessment of Dunham, who he said was not ready for The Tonight Show . Dunham continued to tighten their act in Los Angeles clubs, performing the same six-minute segment with peanuts nine times McCawley in the coming months. Finally, at the Ice House in Pasadena in April 1990, after Dunham made the same segment, informed McCawley Dunham that he would finally get his Tonight Show appearance. Dunham and Peanut appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson April 6, 1990, along with guests Bob Hope and BB King. [9] After his bit, he was invited to sit on Johnny Carson’s couch, a sign of acceptance on the Carson show. [9] After sitting down next to Carson desk, pulled Dunham out Walter, who told Carson sidekick Ed McMahon, “Stop sending me your whole damn week.” At the time, Dunham saw his Tonight Show appearance as a major breakthrough, but was frustrated at his parents’ initial disapproval of Walter the use of the words “hell” and “damn”, [9] and he would toil in obscurity for another twelve years continues to stand up in places such as the Improv chain, and appearing in small roles on TV. [4] One of these, for example, a 1996 episode of Ellen , where he appeared with Walter. [1] Dunham also appeared with Walter in a TV commercial for Hertz. [14] Dunham acts on the Tonight Show total of four times, as well as related video locations as hot country nights appearing in a segment medReba McEntire. This exposure helped make Dunham a large theater headliner, a rare feat for a ventriloquist, but in the mid-1990s, his television appearances fallen, and with them, so did his stage audience. [9]

Dunham moved back to the clubs, more than 200 performances per year. In order to maintain a connection with his fans, he would use the question cards he had the audience fill for their performance to build a database, which was tailor-made for the burgeoning World Wide Web.Although he was voted Funniest Male Standup at the American Comedy Awards 1998, held his club work him away from his wife and daughters, between two and three weeks each month, which put a strain on his marriage, and made to pay bills for their expanded family difficult. In 2002, Dunham was hoping to get more TV work, to raise its profile and relieve his standup schedule. Such exposure was elusive until a successful appearance on The Best Damn Sports Show Period , where Dunham and Walter made jokes at the expense of the co-hosts Tom Arnold, Michael Irvin, John Salley and John Kruk, generating laughter from them, and give Dunham much – needed exposure. In 2003, Dunham was the predecessor to replace Jimmy Kimmel on Fox NFL Sunday , but the host Howie Longoch Terry Bradshaw was not receptive to the idea that upstaged by a doll, and that Dunham says it, does not provide a welcoming atmosphere Dunham, or allow him to speak much during his appearance. [9]


18 July 2003 Dunham appeared on Comedy Central Presents , his first solo appearance on Comedy Central. During his half-hour piece, he lifted José Jalapeño on a Stick, Walter, an early version of Melvin the Superhero Guy and peanuts Dunham had begun goods in a series of dolls. The appearance was successful, but Comedy Central resisted giving Dunham more talk, feeling that he was not a good fit for them. [1] In 2005, Dunham decided to play in financing his own comedy DVD, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with myself , which was taped in Santa Ana. [9] Dunham director, Judi Brown-Marmel, lobbied the network to air, pointing at Dunham’s appeal and merchandising profits, and claimed that the network needed more varied content. Surprised at the high ratings of the first Blue Collar Comics concert film of the same year the network began to reconsider its brand. In late 2006, Comedy Central aired argue with myself , draw two million viewers when it aired, [1] and sell two million DVDs. [9]

In 2007, Dunham appeared as The Amazing Ken with José Jalapeño on a Stick in Larry the Cable Guy feature film Delta Farce . His second special,Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity , taped påWarner Theater in Washington, DC the same year. It served not only to cement Dunham status, but to introduce his most controversial character, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, who became a viral Internet sensation. A clip of Achmed from Insanityattracted over 140 million hits on YouTube, [9] making it the ninth most viewed videos on this website in October 2009. [1]

In 2008, Dunham characters crossed language barriers, with their special dubbed for audiences in different countries such as France, and Dunham attract requests for performances in South Africa, Australia, Norway, Denmark, China and the Middle East. [9] Jeff Dunham Very Special Christmas Special was taped at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that year, and premiered on Comedy Central November 16, 2008 is seen by 6.6 million people. [1] It became available on DVD and Blu-ray on 18 November 2008. [15] The special primary was the highest rated telecast in Comedy Central history. [2] [16]

In September 2008, reached his career new heights when he started performing in arenas filled with tens of thousands of people. Dunham was somewhat wary of such large venues, but adjusted by adjusting the time of his often rapid exchange of the dolls, so that the audience furthest away from the scene could have time to react. [9]

In addition to his comedy special, Dunham also released his first music album, Do not Come Home for Christmas , November 4, 2008. [17] It contains original Christmas songs and a parody of “Jingle Bells” by Achmed the title of “Jingle Bombs”. All songs, with the exception of “Jingle Bombs”, was written and accompanied by Brian Haner, who came Dunham act as “Guitar Guy”. His first appearance on screen was in Jeff Dunham Very Special Christmas Special . [ Citation needed ]


In March 2009, Dunham signed a multi-platform deal with Comedy Central. It includes fourth stand-up special to air in 2010, DVD, consumer products partnership, a 60-city tour beginning in September 2010 and an order for a television series called Jeff Dunham Show which premiered October 22, 2009. [ 5] [18] Despite being the most watched premiere in Comedy Central history, and above the average grades than other shows on the network from the beginning, the show was canceled after just one season, including bad reviews, declining grades and higher production costs than other Comedy Central shows . [19] [20]

Dunham appeared in a guest role with Bubba J on NBC’s sictom 30 Rock , playing a ventriloquist named Rick Wayne and his dummy pumping from Stone Mountain, Georgia. [21] In November 2009, Dunham also starred with Walter in “Hart to Hart”, an episode of the Disney Channel seriesSonny with a Chance , as the two security guards. He appeared in the 2010 Steve Carell / Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks , as Lewis, with a new doll named Diane. [22]

His fourth special, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos , premiered September 25, 2011 on Comedy Central. His fifth special, Minding Monsters , which was taped in Savannah, premiered on Comedy Central on October 7, 2012. [23] [24] his sixth special, all over the map , which was taped in various international cities, premiered on Comedy Central November 16 2014.

28 March 2014, the Country Music Television premiere Achmed Saves America , an animated movie with Achmed the Dead Terrorist. [25]

Dunham seventh special, Unhinged in Hollywood , premiered September 17, 2015. Instead of the premiere on Comedy Central, the special place was broadcast on NBC. [26]


In January 2008, Dunham was voted by fans Top Comic in Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Showdown”. He is the only person ever to win the “Ventriloquist of the Year” twice nominated “Comedian of the Year” by the TNN Music City News Country Awards, [13] and has drawn praise fromthe Dallas Morning News for its technology and timing. [13] Critics who Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter , accused Dunham characters to be racist caricatures, sexist and homophobic. [4] [27]

In 2008, a TV commercial for a ringtone that featured Dunham character Achmed the Dead Terrorist (see following character) was banned by the South African Advertising Standards Authority after a complaint was filed by a citizen that the ad was offensive to Muslims, and portraits all Muslims terrorists. Dunham responded that “Achmed makes it clear in my act, he is not a Muslim.” However, the ASA noted that the name was Achmed Arab origin and was one of the names of Muhammad. Dunham said, “I’ve skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly, and my wife. As a standup comedian, it’s my job to make most people laugh, and I think comedy is the last true form of expression … I’m considering renaming Achmed ‘Bill’ ‘ , he added. [28] [29] Dunham has admitted that he does exhibit particular sensitivity to the “conservative country audiences,” or those characterized by “basic Christian values”, as they are one of his biggest constituencies, and part of his upbringing. [1]

Dunham was heckled and criticized for mocking television critics during the July 1, 2009 press tour to promote his then upcoming Comedy Central television series, The Jeff Dunham Show , as well as Comedy Central programming chief Lauren Correo. [1] [30] In October 2009, Jeff Dunham Showhad a good first grade, but was not liked by critics, [31] some of which have either questioned the wisdom to translate his action in a series, or quoted Dunham, his former Special or ventriloquism itself as reasons not to like the show. [32] [33] [34] [35]

JP Williams, producer of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour has argued that Dunham’s act is not funny on its own merits, and that his materials get a bigger reaction because of puppet characters than it would otherwise collect himself. [1] Blue Collar veteran Bill Engvall, a friend of Dunham, insists otherwise, says Dunham is inherently fun with or without puppets. [9]

In a 2014 exhibition in Malaysia, the Government requested that he not use or name Achmed of his show. Because of the restriction, but to avoid disappointing fans, Achmed was renamed “Jacques Merde, the dead French Terrorist” (Jacques Merde means “Jack Shit”). [36] [37] [38]


In 2003, BRASMA Publications released Dear Walter , a collection of questions posed by Dunham fictitious curmudgeon live performances, authored by Dunham and Walter Cummings. [39] His autobiography, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me , was published by Dutton in November 2010. [12]



Not to be confused with Walter (Muppet).

Walter is a retired, grumpy old man with his arms always crossed in discontent. Dunham was inspired to create Walter when he saw Bette Davis’sista appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , give her honest, unfiltered frankness Walter and patterning Walters frown on Dunham’s own. [9] He has a brash, negative and often sarcastic view on today’s world. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a former welder, and “not one iota” on anyone, especially his own wife, and some audience. Walter appeared in all four of the Comedy Central specialerbjudanden.Han have been married for decades. When Dunham asks him if he remembers the happiest moment in his life after Walter explains that he has been married for forty-six years, Walter responds “forty- seven years ago!” Dunham created Walter puppet itself, both the first sculpture and silicone mold, although he gradually began to use professional effects company for the later stages of their subsequent dolls. [40]


Peanut is a hyperactive, [1] purple shell “woozle” [41] with white fur covering most of his body, a tuft of green hair on top of his head, and a sneaker on his left foot. Dunham explains in arguing with myself that Peanut is from a small Micronesian island, and that they met in Florida. Peanut humor is not based on a particular subject or stereotype, as the other characters, and has been described as “the poor kid”. [2] He often makes fun of Dunham, and torments and mocks José Jalapeño on a Stick. Touching his unusual appearance and personality, he asks Dunham in arguing with myself , after Dunham denies ever done drugs, “How the hell did you come with me ?”


José is a talking jalapeño pepper on a stick wearing a small sombrero. José, who speaks with a thick Spanish accent, usually paired with peanuts, which often makes fun of José uses speaking Latino stereotypes when they do so, and make fun of his being on a stick. [42] Although José was not Dunham first doll, was the first to Dunham made himself. [43]


Bubba J is a beer drinking redneck Dunham describes argue with myself and A Very Special Christmas Special as “white trash trailer park”, and who Dunham use of humor centered on such stereotypes. For this purpose, he often jokes involving Bubba J love to drink beer and NASCAR, and his low intelligence. Touching such stereotypes, Bubba mentions in arguing with myself that he met his wife at a family reunion, and remember seeing her with a corn dog in one hand and a beer in another, and leaning against a Ferris wheel, “which makes it lean “. [42] Although he did not appear on stage, Bubba has a prominent role as backstage security guard in the Controlled Chaos .


Dunham introduces cute dad Dee in arguing with myself as his “new manager”. He calls himself a “pimp”, which he says stands for “player in the management profession.” According cute dad, because he’s a pimp, that makes Jeff “ho”. When Dunham items, Papa Dee out that Dunham makes people laugh and feel good for a living. When Dunham agrees that this is the case, dad says Dee, “a ho.” When Dunham asks what he would say if he told me that he was a comedian just because he enjoyed it, Daddy Dee responds: “You a stupid ho. ” [42] Very unlike Bubba J, he hates NASCAR.Sweet Dad tombstone presented in the beginning of the special developed monster . As revealed in the DVD release, this means that he will no longer be used. [ Citation needed ]


Melvin wears a blue superhero costume, and is used to make fun of superheroes. When asked about his superhuman powers, he shows that he has X-ray vision, and added: “I love looking at boobies!” He does not seem to have any other forces, however: When Dunham asks how far he can fly, he responds, “How far can you throw me? “And when asked if he can stop a bullet like Superman, he answers,” Yes. Once”. Dunham describes Melvin as unimpressed with the other super heroes: When told Superman can leap tall buildings in a single bound, Melvin dismisses him as a “showoff” claimed that he can just walk around them, noting that Aquaman has the same powers as SpongeBob SquarePants, claiming that flash super speed derived from methamphetamine to Hulk’s renowned ability to become stronger as he gets angrier only reflect “every white trash guy on Cops “, and make insinuations omtvivelaktiga relationship between Batman and Robin minors. First appearance Melvins screen was in July 2003Comedy Central Presents episode, where he had small, black, beady eyes. By his next appearance in the Spark of Insanity , he had been modified to have the big, blue, crossed eyes. He has a huge nose, which he claims is his symbol, and whose similarity in shape to that of a penis is referred to in the act. Dunham sculpted the current version of Melvin master himself, and hired a power company called Renegade Effects Groups to create rubber molds and complete doll before its installation mechanics itself. [40] Melvin tombstone presented at the beginning of the special expanded monsters . As revealed in the DVD release, this means that he will no longer be used.


Achmed is the skeletal corpse of an incompetent suicide bomber, who Dunham uses to satirize the contemporary issue of terrorism. He is known to shout, “Silence! I keel you! “Dunham and people laughing in the audience. Achmed first appeared in the Spark of Insanity , and has since appeared in every Dunham special since. The Spark of Insanity teaches the audience several things about Achmed. When Dunham says Achmed must be dead because he’s a skeleton, Achmed replies “It’s a flesh wound.” When Dunham asks how he died, says Achmed their incompetence with explosives, while casting suspicion Dunham sexual prowess by saying that the both suffer from “premature detonation.” Although he often mentions working for Osama Bin Laden, denies Achmed be a Muslim and says, “Look at my ass! It says “Made in China” “He says he’s afraid of Walter, partly because he is” a mean son of a bitch “and finds Walters flatulence to be more potent than Saddam Hussein’s mustard gas. The Very Special Christmas Special , he sings a song called “Jingle Bombs”.

In June 2009, the sketch where Dunham introduced Achmed gathered nearly 200 million views. [2] [44] The large, round eyes articulated dolls and Achmed Achmed Junior is constructed of the same effects artist who created the dinosaurs eyes for the Jurassic Park films. [9] The character popularity leads to a starring role in Achmed Saves America , an animated film that premiered on Country Music Television in March 2014. In the film, which depicts the mishap that led to the character skeletonization, Achmed himself in an American town called America Ville as he plots to blow up before developing an affinity for American culture. [25] [45]


Little Jeff is a miniature East Coast version of Jeff himself. He appeared in Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos as a puppet Peanut used when trying to do ventriloquism as Jeff. Peanut named the doll “Little Ugly Ass Jeff.” Peanut repeatedly called him extremely ugly and he had little Jeff calls him “Handsome peanut”. He apparently hates his other self. Minding the Monsters, when Peanut pretending to be a superhero named Batnut and had Jose as his sidekick, Ruben, said the Little Jeff was their archenemy. Little Jeff was bought out and he was dressed in clothes with a bunch of L’s (which stands for Loser). Peanut then said, “Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the loser !!!!” According to peanuts, can Little Jeff reject women with a single sentence: “. I am a ventriloquist “His secret hiding place was the closet and his arch-enemy was Al E. Money, a play on” maintenance “.

He made another appearance in the Unhinged in Hollywood, where this time he was puppeteered by Jeff instead of peanuts and he also had a different voice than he did in his previous performance. Jeff announced Little Jeff ventriloquist dummy, which he sold along with a DVD and a book on how to do ventriloquism from Jeff. Little Jeff added to the “guys in the Trunk”. [46]


Diane first appeared with Dunham in the 2010 movie Dinner for Schmucks as “Debbie”, his character “wife”. She made her stand-up debut in Dunham’s Identity Crisis Tour 2010. [47]


Achmed Junior alien son of Achmed. His features were designed by Mad magazine illustrator Tom Richmond, [9] and first appeared during Identity Crisis Tour 2010, and makes his first screen appearance in Dunham fourth special, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos . Like his father, is Achmed Junior victim of a bomb, which resulted in the destruction of half of his face and body. He speaks with a British accent, because he grew up in Britain after the accident. Much to his father’s dismay, he expresses an attraction to Dunham male stage hands, Marnell, who constantly came on the scene as Achmed kept losing balance on the stand and eventually Marnell took duct tape. He does not want to be a suicide bomber. [48]


Other characters that Dunham has expressed includes a miniature doll with peanuts s, and an invisible worm in a bottle of tequila, which both have used, for example, in his appearance on A & E’s An Evening at The Improv . [49]


Dunham met his first wife, Paige Brown, at the Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach, Florida. They began dating in December 1992. In May 1994, Dunham married Brown and adopted her one and a half year old daughter, Bree. Their daughters Ashlyn and Kenna is born in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Dunham time away while performing proved to be a strain on the marriage, [9] and in November 2008 he filed for divorce. [1] [2] [9] [12]In mid-2009, Dunham was in a relationship with fellow Texan, Audrey Murdick, a certified nutritionist, personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder, [9] [12] and December 25, in 2011 they became engaged. [50] On 12 October 2012 the couple married. [51] On May 14, 2015 announced Dunham, via Facebook, that he and Audrey were expecting twins. [52] In October, she gave birth to James Jeffrey and Jack Steven. [53]

In addition to building dummies he uses in his act, Dunham returned too ancient them as a hobby, such as Judge, a 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) mechanized dummy was built in 1941 to operate the plate on a girls softball game, which went unused and packed away 50 years before Dunham acquired in early 2008. [1]

Dunham has harbored a love of helicopters since childhood and are fond of building and flying his own kit helicopters from Rotorway helicopter kits. At the time he wrote his autobiography in June 2010, he began building its fourth movement. [9] [10] [12] He is an aficionado of muscle cars and Apple Inc. products. [12]

According to the July 16, 2012, TV documentary, The Batmobile , Dunham owns a replica of the Batmobile used in the Tim Burton film Batman .