2nd Annual Patriot Comedy Event featuring Jeff Dunham
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His television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history his DVD sales have reached seven million units his videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide.
No wonder Time Magazine wrote that he is “the most popular comedian in the United States” and Forbes named him to its Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers three years running.
Today Jeff Dunham is a phenomenally successful global entertainment brand.
Dunham has of course plenty of help on-stage: his entourage of signature characters who are there to challenge and chastise his every sentence. There’s Walter the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling NASCAR-loving and resolutely red neck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeño the spicy pepper from South of the border; the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist; the almost as dead long-lost son of Achmed AJ; and Peanut’s own ventriloquist dummy: Little Jeff. They may have all been conceived and hand crafted by Dunham but his characters who are anything but dummies have now taken on a life of their own each with their own legion of fans.
Dunham’s fascination with ventriloquism began at age eight. It was his parents who gave their son a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy and an accompanying instructional record album.
By the time he was ten Jeff was performing anywhere he could find an audience. After graduating from Baylor University he moved to Los Angeles and soon became a sensation on the national comedy club circuit. Multiple performances on just about every stand-up comedy show known to man followed as well as frequent guest appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.
In 2006 Jeff’s self-produced Arguing With Myself his first one-hour prime time special premiered on Comedy Central. The audience reaction was explosive. Almost immediately fans were posting clips across the Web views rocketed into the tens of millions and Jeff Dunham became a comedy phenomenon reviving a lost art with new levels of comedy and a contemporary voice.
In 2007 Dunham’s self-produced Spark of Insanity his second Comedy Central special again premiered to record ratings and million plus DVD sales. Amazon’s consumers rated Spark the best DVD of the year. In 2008 his third television event A Very Special Christmas Special premiered with 6.6 million viewers to become the cable channel’s most-watched program ever.
Jeff’s most recent stand-up special Controlled Chaos made an unprecedented multi-territory broadcast and DVD release in a dozen countries upon its U.S. bow on Comedy Central on September 25 2011. 5.5 million people tuned in to watch the special on Comedy Central making it the third most watched program in the channel’s history and over 100 000 DVDs were sold within the first week.
Today Dunham’s global appeal is undeniable. He was named top-grossing live comedy act in the world in 2009 and 2010 by Pollstar the concert industry trade magazine. He has sold-out stadium-sized shows across three continents from the United Kingdom to Sydney Toronto to Copenhagen. He sold-out an 8 000 seat hockey arena in Helsinki Finland on Easter Sunday and Dunham doesn’t speak a word of Finnish. Or Swedish. Or Norwegian. Or Afrikaan which are the official languages of some of the countries he has visited. There is universal appeal to Dunham’s relationship with his characters that transcends any small gaps in language translation.
All of Dunham’s specials have been released on broadcast DVD and mobile platforms in Canada UK Benelux Scandinavia Italy France Spain Australia New Zealand and South Africa. The DVD of A Very Special Christmas Special topped the Danish entertainment chart and Spark of Insanity hit the Top 5 of DVD charts in Holland (#2) and South Africa (#5). Spark of Insanity is the most viewed show ever on Comedy Central Holland and in the United Kingdom Controlled Chaos was the best-selling DVD in 2011 by a non-British comedian. In South Africa where Dunham’s first tour in 2010 packed some of the nation’s largest venues overall sales of the three titles have exceeded 100 000 units surpassing any other international comedian.
His limited-series commitment The Jeff Dunham Show premiered as the highest rated series in Comedy Central history with 5.3 million viewers in its initial airing. The DVD was released in May of 2010 and sold more than 100 000 units within the first four weeks.
In late 2010 Dunham released his highly anticipated autobiography “All By My Selves: Walter Peanut Achmed and Me ” which immediately landed on the New York Times best-seller list. Dunham’s personal story is often interrupted by his characters who are quick to dispute Dunham’s recollection of their history together.
Dunham has also made many cameo appearances across television and film from the Emmy-winning comedy series "30 Rock " to the Jay Roach-directed comedy "Dinner For Schmucks ” starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd.
At the end of 2011 The Bio Channel’s premiere of Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy became the network’s number one broadcast of all time.
Just as Dunham has maintained full control over the world of characters that he has created he has built an independent company that produces and finances all Dunham projects across all distribution platforms including live television film merchandise and home video. He maintains a highly interactive relationship with his fans via JeffDunham.com and many social networking platforms including over 6.5 million fans on Facebook. His content partnerships include YouTube (where his Achmed clip is in the top five videos of all time designated as a favorite) Amazon.com and iTunes.
In 2012 Jeff packed arena-sized venues on his new Controlled Chaos live show. He recently made his fourth trip to Europe this spring stopping in the U.K. Germany and Belgium and will return to South Africa and Australia this summer.
As an entertainer Jeff Dunham has truly impacted popular culture and his character catchphrases such as Achmed's "Silence! I Keel You!" and José Jalapeño’s "On A Steek!'" are now part of our vernacular much to the delight of multi-generational audiences worldwide.
Billy Gardell stars in the CBS Hit television series MIKE& MOLLY as Officer Mike Biggs. MIKE & MOLLY garners approximately 13 million viewers every week. In addition he will be hosting the new syndicated "Monopoly Millionaires' Club" which premiers in 2015.
Before Mike and Molly Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed television series “Lucky.” His other television credits include “Yes Dear” and “Judging Amy ” on the Network “My Name is Earl ” “The Practice ” “Monk” and “Gary the Rat.”
He made his major motion picture debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in “Avenging Angelo ” and had a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brother’s film “Bad Santa.” He also appeared in “You Me & Dupree” plays Umpire Haze in the baseball feature “Undrafted” and appears in the upcoming Clint Eastwood directed film “Jersey Boys.”
Gardell took the long road to Hollywood stopping at every small town lounge military base and comedy club along the way. His comedy act took him to Los Angeles where his dedication to acting along with touring as a stand-up comedian allowed him to grow consistently in both arenas. His stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman.
As a standup comic his comedy specials "Billy Gardell: Halftime " premiered on Comedy Central and "Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs" premiered on Showtime. In addition he makes regular appearances on "NFL Today" on CBS Sports.
A native of Pittsburgh who currently lives in Los Angeles Gardell loves Steeler football stand-up comedy and his wife Patty and son Will.
BERT KREISCHER is a standup comic who performs to sellout crowds across the country. He is the host of the Travel Channel's Trip Flip and previously hosted Hurt Bert and Bert the Conqueror. He is a regular guest on The Joe Rogan Experience and The Rachael Ray Show and has appeared on Late Night With David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His one-hour special Comfortably Dumb appears on Comedy Central and his brand new book Life of the Party Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child in which he shares the hilarious and outrageous stories that define his comedy and inspired the movie National Lampoon’s Van Wilder was just released.
Ian Bagg started his comedy career in his native country Canada. He proceeded to do all the show business things that every successful Canadian entertainer does. He went to a “Hockey Night in Canada” game on a Saturday night performed at the “Montreal Comedy Festival ” kissed a fish in New Foundland and a “Comedy Now” special on CTV. So what does a Canadian do when he has done it all? He boards a train to New York City lives in a youth hostel and ends up on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien ” “The Late Late show with Craig Ferguson” and “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” It is not always fun and games. He was forced to do “Make Me Laugh ” “Showcase Comics with Louie Anderson ” “Fridays” on NBC and the “Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.” His new one-hour special “Ian Bagg: Getting to F*cking Know You” premiered on Showtime in April 2013.
Bagg has acted in Tim Robbins’ “The Cradle will Rock ” “MVP 2 ” and “MXP”. Fun fact: he’s the the only known comic to have worked for famed director/producer Judd Apatow and not become a multi-billionaire. Life has been amazing for Bagg being on such diverse platforms as the History Channel the Food Network the Biography Channel and being the first ever Canadian to meet three US presidents– Ronald Reagan Jimmy Carter and George Bush…although only one was in the White House at the time while he met one on a plane and the other at a hockey practice.
While working red carpet interviews Ian has pissed off Brad Pitt been hit with a champagne bottle and asked for chocolate covered pretzels by Alec Baldwin. You probably wonder what kind of man does this and without imploding? The answer is a man whose dog survived a three- story fall and who’s been known to think he is twelve–but may actually be twenty-nine or seventy-two.
Ian went to school to be an explosives engineer but a lucky chance at an open mic made him the volatile one. He may be in your area sooner than you think because this man-child does over 100 000 air miles a year…or you could listen to his radio/podcast show on XM Radio channel 160 or The Toadhopnetwork (The Ian Bagg Show.) He has performed 2 successful half-hour specials “Comedy Central Presents” and HBO’s “A Comics Climb” and has been seen on “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution.”
“Anyway you get to know him you will remember him” ~ Ronald Reagan
Found on www.ianbagg.com