Jeff Dunham’s Ventriliquism act

Achmed the Dead Terrorist is the skeletal corpse of an incompetent Suicide Bomber. He is used by Dunham to perform comedy based on the contemporary problem of terrorism in our current climate. He is known for screaming, “Silence! I kill you!” to Dunham and people in the audience who laugh at him. Achmed first appeared in Spark of Insanity, and later made an appearance in the Very Special Christmas Special, singing a song called “Jingle Bombs”. Most of the humour Dunham expresses with Achmed centres on this motif. When mentioning that Achmed appears to be dead because he’s a skeleton, Achmed responds, “It’s a flesh wound.” When Dunham inquires as to how he died, Achmed explains his incompetence with explosives, while also casting aspersions on Dunham’s sexual prowess by saying that they both suffer from “premature detonation”.

Jeffery “Jeff” Dunham is an American ventriloquist and stand-up comedian who has also appeared on numerous television shows, including Star Search, Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central Presents and The Tonight Show. He is familiar with Comedy Central audiences for his three specials on that Station. Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself, Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity, and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special. His style has been described as “a dressed-down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder.”

He began ventriloquism at age 8. He considers it a learned skill, similar to juggling, that anyone with a normal speaking voice can acquire. According to Dunham, he never had a “real job”


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