Who is Jeff Dunham and what is his net worth 2018? Jeff Dunham is a comedian and ventriloquist who have appeared in many TV shows like Comedy Central Presents, Late Show with David Letterman, Sonny With a Chance, and The Tonight Show. He has his own specials on Comedy Central: Jeff Dunham: All Over the Map, Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters, Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos, Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, and Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself. Dunham has also done several tours in his career and has also been the writer and executive producer of many shows.
Jeffrey “Jeff” Dunham was born on April 18, 1962, in Dallas, Texas. He was adopted at the age of three months by Joyce Dunham and her husband Howard Dunham. Howard was a real estate appraiser and his wife was a homemaker. He was raised as an only child in the neighbourhood of Dallas. From the age of eight, Jeff started ventriloquism. When he was in fourth grade, he decided that he will be the best ventriloquist. Following that, he started attending ‘Vent Haven ConVENTion’ located in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
He has regularly attended the ConVENTion and has missed it only once in 1977. As a teenager, he used to perform for audiences in school and church. He also used to perform for celebrities like Roger Staubach, and in 1976, he was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly. While still in high school, Dunham used to do commercials for Tyler and Datsun. He completed his graduation from his high school in 1980. He then attended Baylor University and also used to do private shows during weekends throughout the country.
Jeff Dunham married Paige Brown in 1994. They have two daughters named Kenna and Ashlyn. He filed for divorce in November 2008. In October 2012, he married nutritionist, Audrey Murdick. The couple has twins named Jack Steven and James Jeffrey.
In 1985, Jeff Dunham was asked to join ‘Sugar babies’ which was a Broadway Show. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and became friends with the owner of The Comedy & Magic Club, Mike Lacey. In 1990, he appeared in the show ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’. In 1996, he appeared in an episode of Ellen.
Following that, he appeared in the commercial of Hertz. This was followed by appearing in ‘The Best Damn Sports Show Period’. In July 2003, Dunham appeared in his first solo appearance in Comedy Central Presents on Comedy Central. This was followed by releasing the DVD called ‘Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself’ in 2005. He then went on to appear in the movie ‘Delta Farce’.
His first music album called ‘Don’t Come Home for Christmas’ was released in November 2008. A year later, the TV series ‘The Jeff Dunham Show’ was premiered on Comedy Central. In September 2015, his special called ‘Unhinged in Hollywood’ was premiered on NBC.
Slate.com named Jeff Dunham as “America’s favorite comedian”. In 1998, he won the American Comedy Award for ‘Funniest Male Standup’. He has twice won the ‘Ventriloquist of the Year’ award. He has been nominated for the TNN Music City News Country Awards.
Jeff Dunham Net Worth
Jeff Dunham has appeared in a number of films and television shows. He has also hosted his own show and has released a book in 2003 entitled ‘Dear Walter’. In doing so, he has gone on to accumulate good wealth. Jeff Dunham’s net worth is an estimated $130 million. He has also lent his voice in the films ‘Big Top Scooby-Doo!’, ‘From Up on Poppy Hill’, ‘The Nut Job’ and ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’.
He is the creator and the executive producer of ‘Achmed Saves America’. His first feature-length film was ‘Delta Farce’. As of 2009, he sold more than four million DVDs and has got over 35 million hits on YouTube. He is the third highest paid comedian in the USA as per Forbes.
Dunham has achieved the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most tickets sold for a stand-up comedy tour”. He likes collecting antiques. He has portrayed several characters while performing ventriloquism including Walter, Peanut, Jose Jalapeno, Bubba J, Sweet Daddy Dee, Melvin the Superhero Guy, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Little Jeff, Diane, and Achmed Junior.