A couple of days ago I posted some limited info on the ongoing project I am doing with comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. I mentioned an upcoming but as-yet-unannounced TV special that might have more details on my contributions to Jeff’s project. Well, that TV special is no longer unannounced:
BIO Channel presents “Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy,” a 90-minute special that delivers exclusive, unprecedented access to the life of the entertainer who single-handedly made ventriloquism hip again. The special premieres Tuesday, November 22 at 8PM EST and 9PM PST.
From his modest upbringing in Dallas, Texas, Jeff Dunham has transformed into an international sensation. He has been the top-grossing comedian in the world for the last two years, and in the U.S. for the last three. His television specials have generated record ratings and his success is fueled by the half-billion downloads of his material on YouTube and his millions of fans around the world.
“Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy” intercuts three stories giving viewers unparalleled access to the life of this unlikely entertainer. First, the emotional and compelling story told by Dunham himself in original interviews from his home and on tour, and by those who know him best including his family and closest friends. Second, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process behind the creation of Dunham’s latest character, Achmed Junior, the son of his controversial breakthrough character, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Finally, viewers will get front-row seats to the on-stage dynamics between Dunham and his dysfunctional family of original comic characters including Walter, Peanut, Achmed, Jose and, for the first time, Achmed Junior.
“Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy” is produced for BIO by Triage Entertainment. Executive producers for Triage Entertainment are Stephen Kroopnick, Stu Schreiberg and Erik Himmelsbach. Executive producers for BIO are David McKillop, Thomas Moody and Peter Tarshis.
At BIO, we prove that the truth about people is always more entertaining than fiction. BIO is about real people and their real lives: up close and personal, gritty and provocative, always unfiltered. BIO original series uncover the real drama in people stories: everyday situations with a twist; celebrities going off-script; people-centric crime stories and paranormal events. In addition to being the exclusive home to the Emmy Award-winning “Biography(R)” series, the dynamic blend of original and acquired series on BIO includes “I Survived…,” “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” “Inside Story” and “Aftermath with William Shatner.” The 24-hour network is now available in more than 63 million households. The BIO web site is located at www.bio.com.
I have no idea how much or little the details of what my work entails will be featured in the show, but either way it will be a fascinating look into Jeff’s world.
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