This following clip is insanely funny! The “Achmed” dead terrorist character has been brilliantly conceptualized. Jeff Dunham exposes the funny side of being a terrorist (if there is such a thing), even though it sounds a little cliched at times. It just doesn’t get much better than this.
The key to being a successful ventriloquist, is that your puppets need to have a personality.
This routine tends to get old very fast, and your audience will lose interest very quickly. The key to keeping your audience involved, is to create a character out of your puppet. The puppet should have a life of its own, likes and dislikes, quirky behaviour – and all of this has to be consistent.
For example, if your character is a rude, old, wise cracking, know-it-all male chauvinistic pig like Wilson then the character has to be consistently the same. You can occasionally go off on a slight tangent (like when your puppet is supposedly having a good day, say) but you cannot suddenly turn your grumpy-old-rude-man puppet into a kind, decent man who loves and respects women.
If you want to learn about character development, this is one of the videos to watch and learn from.
– Ravi Jayagopal
Jeff Dunham is arguably the greatest ventriloquist ever. He is so good at what he does, mainly because he is an insanely funny comedian who happens to know how to talk without moving his lips. He is a brilliant comic first, and a ventriloquist next.
I own the “Arguing With Myself” DVD whose clips are shown below. If you love comedy, you’ve simply got to get it. I’ve watched it over and over again several times, but I just can’t seem to get enough of Peanut and Walter.
Walter: The Intro
Walter: Part 2
Walter: Part 3
Peanut: The Intro
Peanut: Part 2
Peanut and Jose Jalapeno
Sweet Daddy Dee