If names such as Peanut, Walter, Achmed and Jose are easily recognizable chances are this is big news.

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham — the man behind these characters along with Walter and Bubba J — will be coming to Dodge City in April of 2018. Tickets are expected to go on sale Monday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. A pre-sale event will start on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.

The show is scheduled for Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7 p.m. Doors at the United Wireless Arena will open at 6 p.m.

According to Dunham’s web site, Dunham has more than 45 years on stage making him one the world’s most recognizable and inventive entertainers.

Dunham’s fascination with ventriloquism began at age 8 when his parents gave him a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy, and by 10 he was performing anywhere he could find an audience.

After graduating from Baylor University in 1986, Dunham stayed in Waco, Texas, for 2 more years, working on his act and developing his defining characters Jose Jalapeño, Peanut and Walter. In 1988 he then moved to Los Angeles, and within a few short months became one of the top headliners on the U.S. comedy club circuit. This led to his many appearances on multiple stand-up comedy shows, as well as numerous guest appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

The website states on television Dunham’s numerous specials have set record ratings, sold millions of DVDs, and generated more than 1 billion views on YouTube. Domestically his Comedy Central specials, including Spark of Insanity, Arguing with Myself, Controlled Chaos, and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special, remain among the highest-rated programs in that network’s history, and his most recent NBC special, Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood, drew more than 6 million viewers— second that night only to the NFL Game of the Week.

In addition to his personal specials, Dunham has made numerous cameo appearances in television and film, from the Emmy Award–winning comedy series 30 Rock, to feature films such as Dinner For Schmucks and the animated franchise The Nut Job. He also appears regularly on numerous and various reality and talk shows ranging from The Today Show to The O’Reilly Factor, and from ESPN’s Game Day to Jay Leno’s Garage. In 2011 he made history when the Bio Channel’s premiere of Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy became the network’s number one, highest-ranked broadcast of all time.

Having written material for his act from the beginning, in 2010 Dunham finally wrote and released his highly anticipated autobiography, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me, which immediately landed on the New York Times Best Seller list. What audiences around the world love most, however, are Dunham’s stadium-sized live concerts, which continue to sell out. With worldwide tour appearances throughout North America and ranging from the United Kingdom to Australia, Israel to the United Arab Emirates, and Iceland to South Africa, Dunham was awarded Billboard’s Top Comedy Tour for three years running, and Guinness World Records recently named him the world- record holder for "Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour."

Dunham lives in Los Angeles and, according to the website, owes his greatest happiness to his beautiful bride, Audrey; his three grown daughters, Bree, Ashlyn, and Kenna; and the newest additions to their family, the couple’s twin 1-year-olds, Jack and James.

For more information on the show, contact the United Wireless Arena box office at 620-371-7878.


To contact the writer email rbluhm@dodgeglobe.com.