When 9-year-old Jeff Dunham received a toy ventriloquist dummy for Christmas, he began practicing and dreaming of characters who could say what nobody else would dare.
More than 50 years later, Dunham is virtually a household name in comedy and boasts a cadre of characters ranging from the ever-popular Peanut to NASCAR-loving Bubba J.
As part of his "Still Not Canceled" Tour, he will stop in Columbus on Dec. 30 at the Schottenstein Center. Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster beginning Monday, Oct. 10.
Dunham has sold out concerts in the same arenas as Taylor Swift and Metallica, and has made the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-Up Comedy Tour: His "Spark of Insanity" Tour racked up nearly 2 million tickets across almost 400 venues worldwide.
Slate magazine has called him “America’s favorite comedian” and TIME deemed him “a dressed-down, more digestible version of Don Rickles with multiple personality disorder.”
Dunham has nine record-breaking comedy specials to his credit, two of which – "Controlled Chaos" (2011) and "Minding the Monsters" (2012) – were Comedy Central’s most viewed specials in their respective years. In addition, "Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special" (2008) remains the network’s highest-rated program of all time.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Comic-ventriloquist Jeff Dunham to come to Schottenstein in December