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Topic: Dunham's New Show
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Feb 23, 2008 08:24AM)
Last night my son & I went to see Jeff Dunham in Baltimore. He told us he is working on a new Comedy Central Christmas Special, which will tape this June. Since he has to work out the material, we got to see some of it. (His characters had a tough time doing Christmas in February...)

It is going to be hilarious! In addition to the holiday stuff, Jeff had a lot of material that was new and improvised. It amazes me how much material he has written.

I'm off to my notebook - gotta get creative!
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Feb 23, 2008 09:03AM)
My family and I are huge fans of Jeff & his characters. I've seen him perform many times, and it's great to see a sneak peek into his future tv material. My favorite part of his Spark of Insanity dvd was the making of Melvin. Love to see and hear the back story behind his characters and their development.

Ken
Message: Posted by: Wanlu (Feb 23, 2008 09:05AM)
Hey that's cool Tom :)
Message: Posted by: Magic Collecter (Feb 23, 2008 12:54PM)
We saw Jeff Dunham most recently in Dec 2006 here in St. Louis. He was putting the terrorist act together and said we were some of the first to see that. It was at the comedy club and we were at the second table. Everyone in the group laughed until their sides hurt.The guy is naturally hillarious.Hope to see him again next time he is here.
Message: Posted by: creativemac (Feb 23, 2008 11:13PM)
Jeff, Jeff, Jeff!!!
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Feb 24, 2008 07:37PM)
Found a Youtube clip that includes one of the new Christmas bits.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4DHMnoKvWK8
Message: Posted by: ivfour (Feb 24, 2008 09:43PM)
Thanks, tacrowl, I needed a laugh. It does make you think of all the kid books, we could have fun with a puppet.
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Feb 24, 2008 11:20PM)
When we saw Jeff in Bellingham, he turned the Christmas thing into a funny bit where Walter refused to do Christmas jokes in February.

Very funny!
Message: Posted by: Bob Baker (Feb 25, 2008 09:52AM)
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On 2008-02-23 10:03, Ken Dumm wrote:
My favorite part of his Spark of Insanity dvd was the making of Melvin. Love to see and hear the back story behind his characters and their development.

Ken
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Actually, Melvin was originally created for Jeff by Kristin L (she gets a thank-you at the end of the DVD). The story of Walter is a source of, ahem, controversy in the vent world. This is not to take anything away from Jeff--I am a huge fan--but the story behind the characters is interesting.

Bob
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Feb 25, 2008 06:59PM)
Walter for President! It's time we put a real dummy in the office!
Message: Posted by: devlinn (Mar 1, 2008 08:23AM)
45mins. of Jeff's Spark of Insanity show is playing on the Comedy channel on cable TV.
I had seen Peanut before but didn't remember the Ventriloquist's name.
That is a problem most performers have. "Great act old what's his name has".

Obviously this is something Jeff has thought long and hard about. For 5 solid mins Peanut sings, twists, and shouts Jeff DUNHAM's name. It's funny, delivered with a TON of energy, and DRILLS Jeff's name into your head.
Brilliant marketing!!!
This was way more effective than a simple sign card.

I'm sure people left the theatre singing "Jeffffa Dun HAMMMMM".
Message: Posted by: tacrowl (Mar 1, 2008 08:41AM)
"Dot Commmmmmmmm"
Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Mar 12, 2008 09:09PM)
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On 2008-02-25 10:52, Bob Baker wrote:
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The story of Walter is a source of, ahem, controversy in the vent world. This is not to take anything away from Jeff--I am a huge fan--but the story behind the characters is interesting.

Bob
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What controversy? I have never heard anyone say anything.
Message: Posted by: Vegasvent (Mar 12, 2008 10:17PM)
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Actually, Melvin was originally created for Jeff by Kristin L (she gets a thank-you at the end of the DVD). The story of Walter is a source of, ahem, controversy in the vent world. This is not to take anything away from Jeff--I am a huge fan--but the story behind the characters is interesting.

Bob
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Actually, Melvin was created by Kristin L and was on display along with other figures for sale, at her table at the Vegas Vent Festival 4-5 years ago.. Many Vents were interested in him including Dan Horn(I have him on tape doing a bit)before Jeff. Jeff happened to be the one to come up with the cash. Kristin got credit on the DVD because of her craftsmanship.
Message: Posted by: Ken Dumm (Mar 13, 2008 08:45AM)
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On 2008-03-12 23:17, ventriloguy wrote:
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Actually, Melvin was originally created for Jeff by Kristin L (she gets a thank-you at the end of the DVD). The story of Walter is a source of, ahem, controversy in the vent world. This is not to take anything away from Jeff--I am a huge fan--but the story behind the characters is interesting.

Bob
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Actually, Melvin was created by Kristin L and was on display along with other figures for sale, at her table at the Vegas Vent Festival 4-5 years ago.. Many Vents were interested in him including Dan Horn(I have him on tape doing a bit)before Jeff. Jeff happened to be the one to come up with the cash. Kristin got credit on the DVD because of her craftsmanship.
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I think you're speaking of the original Melvin. On Spark of Insanity, in the "extras" section, Jeff documents the building of the Melvin figure used on the show. The costume is the same as the original Melvin, but the head had been redesigned. Same character and material, but different head.

Ken