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The Jeff Dunham Show Thursdays on Comedy Central at 9/8c

With humor that transcends any and all demographic boundaries, Jeff Dunham is consistently setting and breaking records and conquering every realm he enters. Over the last decade, he and his hilarious troupe of comedic sidekicks have risen from the stand-up comedy clubs to charm the world and become an unprecedented entertainment phenomenon with an astounding international 360-degree reach. With staggering and ever-growing DVD sales of more than six million, the highest rated season premiere ever on Comedy Central with his debut television series "The Jeff Dunham Show," 400 million worldwide views on You Tube, consistently packed and sold out shows in 7,000 to 10,000 seat venues, and a briskly-selling line of nearly 100 items of merchandise offered at his concerts, on his website and in retail stores across North America, he has a comedic gift that turns laughter into overwhelming success. Declared by Time magazine as "perhaps the most popular comedian in the U.S." as well as "America's favorite" by Slate, his audience appeal has fostered a constantly burgeoning following of loyal and loving fans who savor his concerts, TV appearances, DVDs, CDs and YouTube clips again and again and fervently spread the word on Dunham and his winning characters. The secret to Dunham's comedic genius and unprecedented success is found in the believably real personalities he has created that are his partners in hilarity Walter the grumpy retiree; the beer-swilling, NASCAR loving and resolutely redneck Bubba J; the furry and manic Peanut; José Jalapeño, the spicy pepper from south of the border; and the bumbling skeletal Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Although Dunham can rightfully be declared one of the funniest humans on the planet, it's his interactions with them as they banter, quip, kid and vie with each other that makes their comedy so distinctive, potent and irresistibly funny. They may have been conceived and crafted by Dunham, but his characters, who are anything but dummies, have now taken on a life of their own and are stars of everything Dunham does. Named by Forbes to its Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers for the past two years, Dunham enjoys a unique multi-year, multi-platform deal with Comedy Central that includes his series "The Jeff Dunham Show," future one-hour comedy specials, a consumer products program, and DVD distribution through Comedy Central Home Entertainment. It follows in the wake of his record-setting late 2008 one-hour holiday celebration "A Very Special Christmas Special," which drew 6.6 million viewers on its premiere airing to become the channel's most-watched program ever, and top ratings for his previous Comedy Central specials "Arguing with Myself" (April 2006) and "Spark of Insanity" (September 2007). Dunham has also struck content partnerships with YouTube (where his Achmed clip is in the top ten all-time viewed and video designated as a favorite), (whose customers rated "Spark of Insanity" the best DVD of 2008) and iTunes. Dunham was also declared the top-grossing domestic live comedy act of 2008 and 2009 and the top-grossing international live comedy act of 2009 by the concert industry trade magazine Pollstar. It all began when Dunham was growing up in the Dallas, Texas area -- where his hometown Dallas Morning News hails him as "easily one of the funniest stand-up comics alive" -- with a Mortimer Snerd dummy and an instruction manual and LP he got when he was eight years old. Throughout his teen years the comedian performed anywhere and everywhere he could find an audience. After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Los Angeles and was soon a sensation on the national comedy club circuit, renewing a lost art that he has taken to new levels of finesse and technique with hilarious results. But Dunham saw even wider horizons for his talents. "I knew if we could let the masses see it and not just the comedy-club fans, then it would explode," he says. Frequent guest appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman" as well as a host of other TV and radio programs set the stage for what was to come. Eventually he was voted "Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic" at the American Comedy Awards and became the only person to ever win the prestigious "Ventriloquist of the Year" award twice. With his debut self-produced Comedy Central special "Arguing With Myself" -- which quickly sold over one million DVDs (compared with average comedy DVD sales of 35,000) -- Dunham's popularity exploded. Soon fans were posting clips of his routines on the Internet and they went viral and had a rapid climb to tens of millions of views. In 2008, Dunham sold out headlining major venue shows at the prestigious and star-studded Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs festival in Toronto, and his first CD, "Don't Come Home For Christmas," jumped to