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Dunham and his dummies in South Africa

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Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is touring South Africa again this month, see him performing to sold out audiences across the country during his last tour in 2010.  Dunham included SA in his 2010 world tour plans due to his visible popularity with South African YouTube viewers.  Cranky Walter, Achmed the terrorist and crazy Peanuts share their feelings about touring here and in their usual manner – do not mince their words.

Jeff Dunham is doing it again in 2012. With Johannesburg tickets sold out and only limited tickets available for Sun City, Durban and Cape Town, an extra show has been added to the Cape Town run of his latest international tour “Controlled Chaos” to meet the overwhelming demand at the box office.

Dunham’s global appeal is undeniable. 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.  A video of Jeff featuring his character Achmed the Dead Terrorist remains in the top ten most “favorited” and 40 most “liked” of all time on YouTube.

Jeff’s latest, much-anticipated fourth stand-up special, Controlled Chaos, became the third most watched program in the history of Comedy Central within days of airing.

A spokesperson from Comedy Central Africa refers to Jeff Dunham as “Comedy Royalty”.
“We are thrilled to host him on his sell-out tour to South Africa!  Comedy Central has dedicated the whole of June to Jeff Dunham; tune in to Comedy Central on DSTV channel 122  to watch all Jeff’s blockbuster comedy specials as well as his award-winning show ‘Controlled Chaos’ as part of Jeff Dunham June mania”.

With two new characters, fans in Cape Town, Durban, Sun City and Johannesburg, can see firsthand why he has been voted “the most popular comedian in the United States.”

Along with two new characters, fans will still get to see 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; and the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist.   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.

21 September 2010
 

Debbie

This guy must make a dummy of malema. It will be a little monkey with a dummy in its mouth and a nappy.

28 September 2010
 

Lolla

Debbie just think what uproaring that will be, funny Put him and Trevor Noah together he is also fun, and trevor already makes fun of malema.

28 September 2010
 

Frenchie

For some reason, I cannot download this video. It shuts itself down after a few seconds. What a shame. I adore Jeff Dunham.

28 September 2010
 

Maddox

Its ashame I also cannot look at the video and it is not my computer. I saw him in concert.AWSOME

28 September 2010
 

Tam

Unable to view video. It doesn’t stay loaded. Glitches in and out.

28 September 2010
 

Mark Richardson

I can’t get this to load, I wish I could….

28 September 2010
 

Gwen

This guy is as good as Shari Lewis of years ago. That is a big compliment from me. Never thought anyone would ever be as good as her. Keep us laughing, Jeff!! Yes, I’m a little older than you. ha

28 September 2010
 

Crystal

I had the pleasure of seeing Jeff and his friends in D.C. back in January of this year(I got tickets for Christmas). I absolutely adore Jeff Dunham and his posse! They always seem to put a smile on my face no matter how bad I’m feeling. I will definitely go to one of his shows again!

28 September 2010
 

Jan Martin

I can’t view it either ….. keeps turning off and on and I LOVE THIS GUY!

28 September 2010
 

Pamela

I can’t view it either. Too bad, I love Jeff and the whole gang

28 September 2010
 

Faye

I love this guy also but the video cuts in and out to can’t hear but a couple of word and then cuts out so sorry he is so good

28 September 2010
 

Pamela

I can’t load it either….. BUT I will be seeing Jeff and gang in Charleston, SC the 9th of October!!!! YIPEEEEEEE This guy is the funniest, most clever and MUST have a split personality to be able to talk for three people, in 3 different dialics, speeds and all are coherent…. all at the same time!! SHEER Genius!!! Can’t wait. GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE SHOW NOW!!

28 September 2010
 

Marisa

Can’t view it either. Too bad.

28 September 2010
 

Bronwyne

Jeff Dunham show was awesome in Cape Town, South Africa……. Brian Hayner (guitar guy) was just as awesome. Thanks to them for fantastic laugh and enjoyable time. Come to South Africa again guys!!!

28 September 2010
 

Leonard Bower

What a crock of ****,touring South Africa it’s a joke why ho why do all the greats miss out on a city called PORT ELIZABETH not everybody has the time or money to fly to one of the other destinations,I would like to know who is responsible for organising his tour so I can give them a piece of my mind,promise to be polite.
PE is the friendly,windy CITY but it seems as if it’s the arse end of SA and not worth visiting,even with all are game parks and entertainment centre’s,very disappointed in him not giving us the time or effort to come here as i am a fan and would have bought enough tickets for all my friends.
All i can say is shame on all the people involved with his tour
Len Bower

28 September 2010
 

Todd Nowland

Me neighter..wont load to bad jeff is awsome!

28 September 2010
 

Shelley

Saw the first show in Sun City and it was awesome. Hope he does more shows again in the future!

28 September 2010
 

Elschen Cresswell

My husband and I went to go watch Jeff’s show in Cape Town (South Africa). It was AWESOME !!!! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – can’t wait to buy the DVD!

28 September 2010
 

chris

you’re very lucky cristal. unfortunately i live so far from where he goes i hope to be able to see one of his shows one day in malta he’s awesome !

28 September 2010
 

Ana

you just have to wait more longer. it doesn’t show the bar if is downloaded but just wait like 10 min i think then is ok to watch

28 September 2010
 

Hendrik

we also went to see the show on Saturday in Cape Town. It was a truly great experience! Thank you FNB for the invite. Thanks guys for a COOL show, and ditto to Bronwyn’s comment.

28 September 2010
 

Shalini

I also attended the first show at Sun City – is was awesome. Please can anybody advise if a DVD will be available for purchase. Jeff Dunham is a legend in the making.

28 September 2010
 

Marianna

Great show!! Please come back to South Africa for another show. Please don’t leave us out.

28 September 2010
 

John

Seen him in TORONTO 09. In Hamilton dec 11 2010. 2nd row floor seats NICE….. Well worth the $….

28 September 2010
 

cheryl

it did the same for me too bad he is my favorite!! saw him in pa in august!!! my stomach muscles hurt for days!!

28 September 2010
 

Engela

Best show ever!! please came back to SA

28 September 2010
 

Karen

I could not get the video to load yesterday but had no trouble today.

28 September 2010
 

Nessa

I agree that it sucks to live in a small town and not have the artists come to it, but what about the towns that aren’t near a bigger city? They don’t get people to visit there either. I used to live in a little town that you had to travel five hours before you would hit a city that only a few artists would come to. It’s not fair, but they have to go where the money takes them.

29 September 2010
 

Robert

As an artist, I feel I should mention here that it’s not a matter of fairness or of money (We do a LOT of free concerts). It’s about time. There is a lot that goes into putting on a show and there is only so much time to do it. You therefore need to ensure that you have the maximum exposure for the time allotted for your fans. If we had a choice to perform to 100,000 people or 100, given the same amount of time needed to do the show (set up, advertising, marketing, checks, performance, breakdown, etc), which do you think is going to happen? I really DO feel badly for the hundred who miss the shows, but is it fair to the 100 THOUSAND that we put our time into such a smaller venue and then can’t do the larger show? It just doesn’t make much sense to do that, does it?

In today’s culture of easy information, the folks who cannot make it to the shows can STILL enjoy the performances to some degree via CD’s, DVD’s, Internet, etc., so they are not completely locked out. There are fan sites where they can interact with other fans, and sometimes even the artists themselves! There are newsletters in most cases. And if enough fans from neighboring small towns can agree to come together in one spot, you MIGHT be able convince the artists to visit you if you can allow them to do so without all the normal support they typically need (In the case of Crooked Timber, we are VERY likely to do very small shows if we can do them unplugged, or just need to show up with nothing more than our guitars, and all other expenses are paid for).

In short, please don’t condemn the object of your admiration for not coming to your small towns. It’s nothing personal, and they really do appreciate you! There’s just not enough time to do a live performance EVERYWHERE.

30 September 2010
 

Jaymysta

Anybody got any idea as to if or when the S.A tour dvd will be released. I was at the Sun City show and it was absolutely brillant. I cant wait to get my hands on the DVD.

2 October 2010
 

Tash

I Saw him live and he was amazing!!!!!!!!!

7 October 2010
 

dolphin_mom

You have to love all of the but the purple monkey rules!!!

15 October 2010
 

Odette

Please bring out a dvd for our south africans who was not there

30 October 2010
 

Joshua Britton

You rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jeff Dunham your show is awsome and i am a big fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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