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A little over two years go I found out about an amazing comedic ventriloquist named Jeff Dunham. What started it all was this clip of Achmed The Dead Terrorist from Jeff’s Show – it sold me on the quality of his work.

It’s such a great piece of work and so popular that it made it into the Top 10 most viewed videos on YouTube – at over 199 million views, it’s not surprising, now is it?

Something very interesting for Jeff, was the fact the the country contributing most of the views of that specific clip, were none other than us, South Africans. It was also great that despite the fact that the only country to ever ban the Achmed ringtone, being South Africa – Jeff still made an effort to bring his show to our shores.

And boy were we glad that he did, and that we managed to get tickets – we saw his show last night, live at the Grand West Arena at the Grand West Casino – and it’s been a long time since we laughed so hard throughout a show – quite the belly-ache after two and a half hours of laughing but it sure was worth every cent and every second – and for those that know his show and have seen Arguing With Myself or Spark of Insanity – last night’s show was at least 90% new material.

Another talented man that should also get a mention is Brian Haner aka The Guitar Guy (he even tweeted that “Cape Town rocks” live on stage) who opened up for Jeff before his show. Brian is an excellent guitarist who can play just about any style of music – what made it even better was that he used some typical South African words during his skit and even played an awesome rendition of the South African anthem for us in closing.

If he’s in your area, and there are tickets available, do yourself a favour and go and see his show.

Ventriloquists

Jeff Dunham

Jeff Dunham

As some of you may now, I’m a real fan of ventriloquists and I think they’re one of the world’s most talented people. I’m sure you got an email with the video or at least a link to it on YouTube, Jeff Dunham’s ventriloquism act, Achmed The Dead Terrorist. Ever since I saw the clip, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more – so much so that I eventually scoured places in South Africa to buy his DVDs and ended up ordering them from the US. If you’ve not seen any of his acts yet, do yourself a favour and go take a look.

Terry Fator

Terry Fator

Another brilliant, new comer (even though he’s been doing this for about 20 years already) ventriloquist, is Terry Fator. I just came across some of his clips on YouTube. He won last year’s America’s Got Talent and if you take a look at some of his clips you’ll see this man is well deserving of the one million dollare prize money.

[Update – 17 September 2008]
Terry Fator is releasing  his new book called “Who’s the Dummy Now” – thanks Warren.