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Jeff Dunham is coming to Ottawa October 23rd. He’ll be playing Scotiabank Place. Seriously. Scotiabank Place! That’s Jerry Seinfeld territory! But Dunham is THAT popular. In fact, he’s currently the top-selling comedy act in North America, and probably the most successful ventriloquist ever!
This makes me almost ashamed to admit – I don’t get it. I just watched Dunham’s stand up special Controlled Chaos, out September 27th from Paramount Home Entertainment. I watched it, and I tried to find it funny, and I tried to laugh, but I just don’t get it.
He’s got these recognizable characters – Ahmed the dead terrorist. The jalapeno on a stick. And he makes them talk. And he’s good at it. Like, I can’t see his mouth moving at all. So…that’s neat for a while. But I’m not laughing. And I’m bored. And I don’t get it at all when the jalapeno says “on a stick” with a Mexican accent and the crowd goes WILD! I’m confused. Why is that funny? That’s not a punchline, or a joke, or even a vaguely amusing observation. It’s just a description of the puppet that I can already see.
I’ve got to say that Jeff Dunham isn’t the only comedian I just don’t get. People love Dane Cook and Larry the Cable Guy and Robin Williams, but I just sit there in disbelief and scratch my head while I watch my friends roll in the aisles. Am I the only one who realizes these people aren’t in ANY way funny, or am I the only one not sophisticated enough to grasp the humour? I’m not sure. All I know is I feel like I’m being left out of a joke when everyone starts splitting their sides.
But the masses have spoken and they are not me, and Jeff Dunham is playing Scotiabank Place, and I most certainly am not. And YOU can pick up Controlled Chaos on DVD and Blu-Ray. And YOU can win tickets through CHEZ to go SEE him play Scotiabank Place in October. But I most certainly will not.