The Jeff Dunham “Still Not Canceled Tour” will stop in Rochester with a one-night only event on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office and can also be purchased online at https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00005D53F9645A2F.
A quick glance of Jeff Dunham’s childhood photos reveals the milestones of youth —birthdays, graduations, awkward first dates … very awkward first dates. Nothing unusual — except for the fact that in almost every photo, he’s joined by a dummy seated on his lap. Literally.
Luckily for Dunham — and the millions of fans who continue to be entertained by his suitcase posse worldwide — those early wooden characters were a hint of the spectacular career to come.
Sold-out global concert tours. Ratings-shattering broadcast specials. A best-selling author. A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A few Guinness Book of World Records set for good measure.
Jeff Dunham, the only child of a real estate appraiser and homemaker, raised in a Dallas suburb, at the age of nine received a toy ventriloquist dummy for Christmas, began to practice, and started dreaming of characters who could say what nobody else would dare.
The little boy who fell in love with Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd was soon charming and disarming classmates, appearing at Kiwanis Clubs and Scout banquets, doing TV commercials for Texas car dealerships, and was on his way to national appearances while still in high school. By the time he attended Baylor University, he was earning $70,000 a year for having public conversations with himself.
Later came the comedy club circuit, larger and larger venues, and ultimately sold-out concerts in the same arenas as Taylor Swift and Metallica. Dunham holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-Up Comedy Tour: his Spark of Insanity Tour racked up almost two million tickets across almost 400 venues worldwide.
No wonder the man Slate called “America’s favorite comedian” and TIME cited as “a dressed-down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder” is able to say the things you-wouldn’t-dare with his cadre of characters who tap into almost every aspect of American life. Whether the cranky old man Walter, who doubled as Wonald Grump and Ben Hiden during the last election, the hyperactive and crazy Peanut, the self-explanatory Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick, the redneck cliché NASCAR-loving Bubba J, the utterly befuddled Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and Url, the basement dwelling social media smart-phone addict, Dunham allows each to speak their mind, regardless of how much they embarrass their co-star in the process.