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Dee Perry Talks with Comedian and Ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham

The Sound of Applause
Posted February 1, 2000

Comedy can take many forms, shapes and sizes. There's the raunchy humor of Richard Pryor, the self-deprecating comedy of Woody Allen, and the slapstick silliness of Jim Carey. But one of the styles that we don't see as much these days is "dummy" humor, better known as ventriloquism. In the old days, Edgar Bergen had them rollin' in the aisles with his sidekicks - Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. Today however, ventriloquism seems to have become a lost art. But there is one man who's become a success talking to puppets - 1997's Comedian of the Year, Jeff Dunham. Dunham and his pals, "Walter the Old Curmudgeon," "Peanut the Woozle," and "Jose the Jalapeno" entertained Clevelanders at the Improv in the Powerhouse in January. Dee had a chance to talk with Jeff and his old buddy Walter by phone. Here's a selection from their interview.

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