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Jack Dunham

Biography

Lead vocalist and main songwriter from the Upsetters, which took its named from Small Richard’s band, Jack port Dunham helped to lay down the building blocks of, what became referred to as, the “Tulsa audio”. A lively mixture of rockabilly, rock and roll & move and blues, Dunham’s tunes were included in country vocalist Conway Twitty and influenced such roots-oriented performers as Ry Cooder, David Lindley and J.J. Cale. Given birth to in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dunham was raised, from age one, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Performing combined with the radio since first memory, he created the Upsetters, offering Leo Feathers on acoustic guitar, Jimmy Williams on saxophone, Ron Ryle on electrical bass, Russell “Leon” Bridges on piano and Chuck Blackwell on drums,as students at Oklahoma Condition University or college. Although he continuing to front side the group, after moving to the University or college of Tulsa the next year, he remaining for southern California in 1960. Among the first of many Tulsa music artists who adopted him to LA, Durham authorized with Imperial as Jackie Durham. Although he released two singles, neither demonstrated a commercial discovery. Turning his focus on songwriting, he worked well for Gene Autry’s 4 Celebrity Music Publishing Organization, Central Tunes, Tree International Music Posting, “Twitty Parrot” Music and Checkmate.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jack Dunham
Died March 15, 2009
Height 1.83 m
Profession Animator
Education Portland State UniversityUniversity of Southern California
Nationality American
Spouse Audrey Murdick, Paige Dunham
Children Ashlyn Dunham, Kenna Dunham, Bree Dunham, Jack Steven Dunham, James Jeffrey Dunham
Parents Joyce Dunham, Howard Dunham
Movies Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos, Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself, Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map, The Nut Job, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, Dinner for Schmucks, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Big Top Scooby-Doo!, From Up on Poppy Hill, Delta Farce, Platinum Comedy Series: Vol. 4: Jeff Dunham, The Best of Comedy Central Presents, Just for Laughs: Stand-Up: Vol. 3: Launching Pad, Gnome Alone
TV Shows The Jeff Dunham Show, Comedy Central Presents, Incredible Edible America, Halloween Baking Championship, Live at Gotham, History of the Joke, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Xuxa, Any Day Now, One on One, Hot Country Nights


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#Fact
1 His wife Audrey gave birth to twin boys (her 1st and 2nd children) at age 35, Jack Steven Dunham and James Jeffrey Dunham on October 11, 2015 in Los Angeles with 2 hours apart. The baby boys arrived the day before the couple's third anniversary.
2 Has been performing ventriloquism since he was eight, and has never held a "real" job in his life.
3 He owns the 1989 Batmobile from Tim Burton's Batman.
4 When he was in the process of making Achmed, Jeff Dunham was originally going to call him Phil.
5 Parents are Joyce Dunham and Howard Dunham.
6 Received first puppet, at age 8. Was a Christmas gift from his parents.
7 "Peanut" is his only puppet not hand made by himself.
8 "Achmed, Jr." is often referred to as A.J.
9 June 2009: His rep has confirmed that he and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce.
10 Has three daughters: Bree Dunham(adopted), Ashlyn Dunham, and Kenna Dunham, all from his first marriage.
11 Two of his characters are apparent homages to characters performed by previous famous ventriloquists. "Bubba J" strongly resembles Mortimer Snerd, performed by Edgar Bergen. "Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick," who has a face but no body, is similar to the disembodied head in a box performed by Señor Wences.
12 An award-winning ventriloquist.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nut Job 2 2017 filming Mole (voice)
Angie Tribeca 2016 TV Series Fisher Price
Achmed Saves America 2014 Video Achmed Bubba J Himself (voice)
The Nut Job 2014/I Mole (voice)
Big Top Scooby-Doo! 2012 Video Schmatko / Conductor (voice)
From Up on Poppy Hill 2011 Gen (English version, voice)
Dinner for Schmucks 2010 Lewis the Ventriloquist
Sonny with a Chance 2009 TV Series Jeff / Walter
30 Rock 2009 TV Series Pumpkin
Delta Farce 2007 Amazing Ken
Blue Collar TV 2005 TV Series
One on One 2003 TV Series Benny / Kenny
She Spies 2002 TV Series Elvis Presley Ventriloquist
Any Day Now 2002 TV Series Ventriloquist
Ellen 1996 TV Series Starky & Gus
Hot Country Nights 1991 TV Series Ventriloquist

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood 2015 TV Movie
Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map 2014 TV Special
Achmed Saves America 2014 Video characters / creator
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters 2012 TV Special
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos 2011 TV Special
The Jeff Dunham Show TV Series creator - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special 2008 TV Special documentary
Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity 2007 TV Special
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself 2006 TV Special
Comedy Central Presents 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map 2014 TV Special executive producer
Achmed Saves America 2014 Video executive producer
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters 2012 TV Special executive producer
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos 2011 TV Special executive producer
The Jeff Dunham Show 2009 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special 2008 TV Special documentary executive producer
Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity 2007 TV Special executive producer
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself 2006 TV Special executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special 2008 TV Special documentary lyrics: "Jingle Bombs" / performer: "Jingle Bombs", "Roadkill Christmas"

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Achmed Saves America 2014 Video original character design

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map 2014 TV Special

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Biggest Schmucks in the World 2011 Video short special thanks
Mr. Chili: Too Hot for TV! 2007 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
60 Minutes Wednesday 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Ventriloquist (segment "Ventriloquist Convention")
TV Land's Top Ten 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Just for Laughs 2005 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Squares 2004 TV Series Guest Appearance
Comedy Central Presents 2003 TV Series documentary Himself Melvin the Superhero Guy Peanut ...
The Test 2001 TV Series Himself - Panelist
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998 TV Series Himself
Xuxa 1993 TV Series Himself
Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians: The World Laughs, Young and Old 1992 TV Special Himself
Hot Country Nights 1991-1992 TV Series Himself
The Chuck Woolery Show 1991 TV Series Himself
Jonathan Winters and His Traveling Road Show 1990 TV Movie Himself
The Comedy Concert II 1990 TV Movie Himself
Halloween Baking Championship 2016 TV Series Himself - Host
Hell's Kitchen 2016 TV Series Himself - Restaurant Patron
Jay Leno's Garage 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Ventriloqust-Comedian
Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood 2015 TV Movie Himself Walter Bubba J ...
Today 2014-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map 2014 TV Special Himself Walter Bubba J ...
Late Show with David Letterman 2006-2014 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Himself - Guest / Ventriloquist Perfomer / ...
The O'Reilly Factor 2012 TV Series Himself
Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters 2012 TV Special Himself Achmed Jr. Walter ...
The Wendy Williams Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Fox and Friends 2012 TV Series Himself
The Batmobile 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996-2012 TV Series Himself / Walter
Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy 2011 TV Special Himself Walter Peanut ...
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos 2011 TV Special Himself Walter Achmed the Dead Terrorist ...
The Biggest Schmucks in the World 2011 Video short Himself
The 2010 American Country Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The Jeff Dunham Show 2009 TV Series Himself Walter Achmed the Dead Terrorist ...
The Jay Leno Show 2009 TV Series Himself
I'm No Dummy 2009 Documentary Himself
Boogie 2009 TV Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2009 TV Series Himself
Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special 2008 TV Special documentary Himself Walter Achmed the Dead Terrorist ...
Live at Gotham 2008 TV Series Himself
History of the Joke 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity 2007 TV Special Himself Walter Achmed the Dead Terrorist ...
Mr. Chili: Too Hot for TV! 2007 Video short Himself
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself 2006 TV Special Himself Walter Sweet Daddy Dee ...

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
CMT's Biggest Laughs 2012 TV Movie Himself - Comic / Walter
Aangenaam... Comedy 2009 2009 Video Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic


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#Quote
1 The only way a ventriloquist speaks differently is that he forgoes using his or her lips, and learns to reproduce sounds using the tongue, upper palate, and teeth only. Those 'difficult' letters are B, F, M, P, V, W, and Y.
2 Up until college age I was using the typical little-boy dummy that sits on the knee and makes woodpecker jokes. My first original character didn't happen until later, and that was Jose the Jalapeno on a Stick.
3 We just got a tour bus. I didn't know tour buses could be this nice. It's just me, Brian Haner the guitar guy, the tour manager and a writer. We laugh ourselves silly. Apparently we're going to have a road dog, a miniature pincher. It's the smallest they've ever seen. How masculine am I going to look, working with dolls and a miniature dog?
4 When I was in third grade I taught myself ventriloquism... What's hard is to learn to be an entertainer and make people laugh. I was a few years out of college before I felt I had enough material. Then in 1988 I moved to L.A. and started to do some shows at comedy clubs.
5 I had a happy, dramafree youth, growing up in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. The only thing that was slightly unusual compared to most of my friends was that I was an only child... I don't think that's why my parents gave me a dummy, at least they've never copped to it.
6 In 1980, when I graduated from high school, my goal was to be on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson at least once before our ten-year class reunion. Our class reunion was in June of 1990, and I was on 'The Tonight Show' in April 1990, so I made it by a few months.
7 It's strange because even in the vaudeville days, ventriloquists were never the main attraction. They were the guys brought out to stand in front of the curtain while sets were being changed. Ventriloquism wasn't even celebrated as an art until Edgar Bergen came along in the 1930s.
8 My mother and my father have always supported me. Now in their eighties, they actually clamor onto the tour bus with me once or twice a year so they can watch the performances and hear the crowds. Traveling with eighty-something-year-olds on a tour bus... there has to be some sort of reality show in that.
9 The best place to find material is in real life. I've always maintained that it's not until the mid-20s that you have enough of a life to draw from. There's nothing better for a comic than to go through some bad stuff - and some good stuff, like getting married.
10 I've always said that instead of watching a guy juggle seven things amazingly I would rather see a really bad juggler who's really funny.
11 Stand-up comedy is tough right now. Anybody can come to a concert, tape you, and put you up on the Internet. You either fight it or embrace it.
12 Growing up doing those Kiwanis Clubs, doing those Cub Scout banquets, doing those church shows, I learned to find that sensibility that most people could laugh at - that all ages and demographics could laugh at.
13 When I was eight years old, I got a dummy for Christmas and started teaching myself. I got books and records and sat in front of the bathroom mirror, practising. I did my first show in the third grade and just kept going; there was no reason to quit.
14 But the mechanics of learning to 'throw your voice' are pretty simple. Anyone with a tongue, an upper palate, teeth, and a normal speaking voice can learn ventriloquism.
15 As humans we like to laugh at our fears, we like to whistle in the dark.
16 I've skewered whites, blacks, Hispanics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, gays, straights, rednecks, addicts, the elderly, and my wife. As a standup comic, it is my job to make sure the majority of people laugh, and I believe that comedy is the last true form of free speech.
17 A comedian needs to have his own filters, needs to know his audience, how far he can push things.
18 I try to make the majority of my audience laugh. That's my audience. They'll laugh at the dead terrorist.
19 I'm a geek to the bone.


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