Jeff Dunham Unleashes Ignorant Puppet On 'Leno'
Standup teases upcoming Comedy Central show with his heeeelarious suicide-bombing doll
Video: See the trailer for "The Jeff Dunham Show"
So it was a given that I wouldn't be the target audience for Comedy Central's "Jeff Dunham Show," which is slated to premiere on Oct. 22.
And after witnessing the puppet-sodomizing standup's routine on "The Jay Leno Show" last week, which featured his turban-wrapped, suicide-bombing, skeletal-stereotype sidekick "Achmed," my hesitation has been all but cemented.
Nevermind that Dunham's self-titled cable show itself appears to be some half-assed conservative cross-breed between "Crank Yankers" and "Wonder Showzen" (but with visually stunning vocal acrobatics!), but his "Leno" routine in particular was so brazenly witless that it simply made the "comedian" look insensitive, not subversive.
If you're not familiar with the shockingly popular funnyman's (his last Comedy Central special was the network's most watched ever) entire roster of taxidermy stereotypes, it includes a pimp named Sweet Daddy Dee, disembodied Mexican pepper named Jose Jalapeno and beer-bellied redneck named Bubba J, among others. All of whom become unwilling vessels for Dunham's mind-bogglingly surface, joyless dissections of race, class and cultural relations.
A la fellow inexplicable phenomenon Dane Cook, Dunham's routines demonstrate merely that he understands certain paradigms and patterns exist in human nature, without the slightest offering of insight into their origins, repercussions, ironies and absurdities. Sadly, however, he seems to be successfully targeting a demographic of self-congratulatory ideological moderates who equate unapologetic exploitation of our differences with cathartic analysis. Not to mention exonerating himself from accusations of inappropriateness by drawing attention to the equal-opportunity nature of his routine, like a guy who back pedals from offensive remarks by pointing out how diverse his friends are.
As for Dunham's chosen medium of ventriloquy, there's a reason that role playing through inanimate objects is an exercise primarily recommended for nursery school students and participants in self-rehabilitating reality shows.
Not to mention that "Arrested Development" (via the Peter Pan-ish Gob and his exaggeratedly urban puppet Franklin) long since assassinated both the comedic hopelessness of ventriloquy and delusional sense of purpose that's embarrassingly transparent when digesting Dunham's cumbersome act.
Unfortunately, his poor-man's Triumph the Insult Dog creation, aka Achmed, and the rest of Dunham's, er, colorful cast will be a recurring character on his half-hour program, ensuring that we have another pop-cultural dummy to articulate our barely concealed prejudices besides this guy.
I have to say that his performance on Jay wasn't his best. But I love the guy. We see comedians southern comedians making fun of rednecks and we find it funny, African Americans making fun of themselves and other races and we find it funny. Latinos making fun of everyone and it's okay. So confused terrorrists are off limits now?
Listen personally my family thinks Jeff D. & Friends R hillarius, would love 2 B able 2 C him live sometime. But I was not very impressed with his 1st show last week hopefully it will get better or I will not watch it. As 4 this article please get a life & get that stick out of Ur A$%! this man is funny U just nned 2 learn 2 B a bit more open minded!!!!!!!!
My perspective may not be popular, but it apparently isn't alone.
A lot of these comments remind me of an Everybody Loves Raymond episode, where the family were offended by cutting remarks from the puppet....The 'dummy' is not real, folks...they may be Dunham's comments coming from the puppet, but that makes the remarks detached from him, and using ventriloquism is not only a great talent, but if you cannot appreciate the satire involved, you won't understand the humor either...
Hey, Scared of You....good to see you again !!!
Thanks for the spirited opinions, and don't forget to weigh in on my latest topic, characters who make great show unwatchable:
While I may not be a huge fan of Jeff Dunham I still find bits and pieces of his act to be funny. While I find this article to be a pointless rant about a harmless comedian. I would rather watch a comedian I do not enjoy rather than read this extremely negative article.
Don't like it well then grow up and change the channel like I do. Instead of making an article about how you find his creative expression and comedy distasteful.
Ugh, I am right there with you, Kenny. Your review made me laugh as I completely agree!
P.S. To you folks saying that he must not have a sense of humor, I would guess you're incorrect. I have a great sense of humor and love many comedians (Daniel Tosh, David Cross, Lynn Koplitz and many others) but Jeff Dunham's comedy is not for me.
This is the definition of racism from Merriam-Webster Dictionary
1 : a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
2 : racial prejudice or discrimination
So in order to be a racist, one must believe that differences in color or ethnicity determine capacity for intelligence or social standing. Also to be a racist, one must discriminate against or have prejudice toward a particular gene pool.
Simply pointing out differences and having fun with stereotypes, doesn't automatically make you a racist unless you actually believe that those differences make a person inferior to one race or another.
Learn to enjoy differences, find the humor in Jeff Dunham and Chris Rock. Get real and grow a sense of humor and not be so sensitive. Living life like that can make one very unhappy and unable to get along with others of all races creeds and colors. We all need to be more like a dog. Dogs don't care about color ,weight, height, ability, intelligence, or social status. If a dog can love unconditionally, why cant we?
I agree with beeblebrox...if you knew you were going to like it and had your mind made up why write the article? Of course as with all other reviewers, I read the article just to laugh at the fact that someone gets paid to sound superior by hating something a vast majority of the people like and always seems to think there has to be some deeper meaning to everything besides just enjoying it. I just recently found out about Jeff and love him. Yes it isn't politically correct but maybe if the world lightened up on the whole PC thing and just learned to laugh at themselves the world would be an easier place to live in. In other words...SILENCE INFADEL!!