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The first book from one of the most popular comedians of the twenty-first century
There are many sides to the comedic genius of Jeff Dunham, who has risen in recent years to become a genuine entertainment phenomenon, having sold more than four million DVDs and who performs sold-out shows across the world. It's all because Jeff Dunham is not just one of the funniest humans on the planet but the ringleader of a cast of comedic characters like Walter the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR loving and resolutely redneck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; Jose Jalapeno, the spicy pepper from south of the border; and the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist. There is no wonder why Time Magazine calls him the most popular stand-up comedian in the U.S.
He has rocketed into the pantheon of top comedians thanks to a dynamic combination of humane warmth, a keen sense of the humor to be found in everyday life, a sharp wit, and a cutting- edge sensibility. Political correctness is not in his-or his characters'- vocabulary, and millions of fans love him for it.
All by My Selves is Jeff's story, a comedic memoir that takes us behind the curtain to explain how he turned a tired, vaudevillian art form into something truly modern and hip. Not only will Jeff show how he developed his characters and how his act has evolved, but he'll also share details of his life as a working comedian and family man on the road. Best of all, Jeff's story will be vetted by his characters-they'll tell the real story, all the hilarious details Jeff himself is too modest to include.
"Dunham is the most successful comedian working in America."
-New York Times Magazine
"In the last few years, Jeff Dunham has become something akin to a rock star. For the first time since the heyday of Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy and "The Ed Sullivan Show," nearly a half century ago, ventriloquism has moved back into the entertainment mainstream, and Dunham is leading the way."
-The Los Angeles Times
"The country's most popular stand-up comedian."
"Easily one of the funniest stand-up comics alive."
-Dallas Morning News
"One of the most popular acts in the country"
-The Boston Globe
"The most popular standup comic in the US." -Time
His YouTube videos have been viewed more than 400 million times by fans all over the world. He has played to sold-out venues across North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia. He has sold more than six million DVDs, Forbes has ranked him in their Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers for two years running, and he has been the top touring comedian in the United States for the last two years. Whether he's breathing life into an old curmudgeon, an over- caffeinated purple maniac, or a screaming, skeletal, dead terrorist, Jeff Dunham is the straight man to some of the funniest partners in show business.
All by My Selves is the story of one pretty ordinary guy, one interesting hobby, one very understanding set of parents, and a long and winding rode to becoming America's favorite comedian. With wit, honesty, and lots of great show business detail, Jeff shares all the major moments in his journey. From the toy dummy he spotted at a toy store when he was 8 years old to playing to arenas filled with screaming fans, Jeff takes readers behind the curtain to explain how he turned an old fashioned art form into something truly modern and hip. Best of all, Jeff's story is accompanied by asides and interruptions from his characters-who share all the hilarious details Jeff himself is too embarrassed to include.
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Dunham is the straight man to some of the funniest partners in show business. "All by My Selves" is the story of one pretty ordinary guy, one interesting hobby, one very understanding set of parents, and a long and winding road to becoming America's favorite comedian.
"The most popular standup comic in the U.S." --Time
Whether he's breathing life into Walter, an old curmudgeon; Peanut, an over-caffeinated purple maniac; or Achmed, a screaming, skeletal, dead terrorist, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is the straight man to some of the wildest, funniest partners in show business.
All By My Selves is the story of one pretty ordinary guy, one interesting hobby, one very understanding set of parents, and a long and winding road to becoming America's favorite comedian. With wit, honesty, and lots of great show business detail, Dunham shares all the major moments in his journey to worldwide fame and success.
About the Author
Jeff Dunham is a comedian and ventriloquist whose record-breaking specials on Comedy Central launched a global phenomenon of sold-out live concerts, DVD sales and consumer products. A frequent guest on The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman, he remains the only person to ever win the prestigious Ventriloquist of the Year award twice. In 2009, he was named the top grossing live comedy act in the world by Pollster, and Time Magazine called him the most popular comedian in the United States. In 1980, his high school chose him as Most Likely to Succeed, but he's pretty sure that playing with dolls doesn't really count. Dunham regularly plays to arena- sized crowds in North America, Europe and Australia. He has three beautiful daughters and lives in Los Angeles.