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The Jeff Dunham Show

Comedy Central // 2009 // 153 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Victor Valdivia (Retired) // May 18th, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge Victor Valdivia's ventriloquist act was banned in 19 states. Apparently, people don't want to see puppets reenact Pink Flamingoes.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos (Blu-ray) (published October 13th, 2011), Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters (Blu-ray) (published November 5th, 2012), Jeff Dunham: Spark Of Insanity (Blu-ray) (published December 3rd, 2008), and Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood (published January 26th, 2016) are also available.

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The Case

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, the DVD Verdict Lounge is proud to present the comedy stylings of…Judge Victor Valdivia and Paco!

Judge Victor Valdivia enters holding a wooden dummy who looks like a little Peruvian Indian, complete with knitted hat with earflaps, a knitted sweater with llamas, and brown pants.

Victor: Hey, how you folks doing? (applause) Say hello to the people, Paco!
Paco: Hello, people. Isn't the Verdict Lounge great? Well, anything sure looks great after you've been locked up in a small trunk all night! (laughter)
Victor: Aw, c'mon Paco, we were here last night! Remember? I had dinner with that beautiful lady.
Paco: I don't think "eating alone while texting your mother" counts as a date, Victor. (laughter) You're such a loser—an Amish nun gets more action than you! (laughter)
Victor: That…doesn't even make sense, Paco. Nuns aren't Amish.
Paco: Are you kidding? Nuns will run screaming into the Church of Satan if it means they don't have to get hit on by a loser like you! (laughter)
Victor: OK, Paco, enough about me. Why don't we talk about the DVD we saw last night?
Paco: OK, but watching a DVD with your little wooden friend pretty much screams "loser"! (laughter)
Victor: Paco!
Paco: It's called The Jeff Dunham Show and it compiles all seven episodes of the series ventriloquist Jeff Dunham had on Comedy Central in 2009.
Victor: From what I understand, this is the entire series, because it was cancelled due to low ratings.
Paco: And if anyone should know about low ratings, it's you, Victor, considering the ratings women regularly give your face! (laughter)
Victor (sighs): OK, Paco, back to the DVD…
Paco: Each episode follows the same basic structure: Jeff Dunham appears and brings out his puppets for some banter, then there are some Borat-esque sketches where he and his puppets interact with normal people and D-list celebrities.
Victor: It's sort of like Chappelle's Show-
Paco: Except without the ratings. Or the jokes. Or the watchability. (laughter)
Victor: Now, see, that's a little harsh, Paco. Dunham seems like an affable fellow, he does have talent as a ventriloquist, and his self-deprecating cameo on 30 Rock showed that he has a sense of humor about his lowbrow image.
Paco: Just because he has a sense of humor doesn't mean he's actually funny. Here's an example of the type of joke you'll see on The Jeff Dunham Show:

A: It has Komodo dragon milk! I personally milked the Komodo dragon myself!
B: Komodo dragons don't give milk!
A: They don't? No wonder the Komodo dragon keeps following me around!

I liked that joke the first time I heard it—back in the Carter administration! (laughter)
Victor: OK, so the actual humor isn't going to break any new ground, or even much old ground, for that matter. At least Dunham's many fans will be happy to see his puppets, right?
Paco: They won't be any happier than women are when you ask them if you can show them your puppet! (laughter) That's because there's something peculiar about the comedy in this show: not only is it mediocre and stale, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the puppets themselves. There's a sketch in which Achmed goes to Camp Pendleton and tries to become a Marine—
Victor: You mean Achmed the Blown-Up Terrorist, the skeleton puppet who wears a turban and screams "I Keeelll You!" in a Middle Eastern accent?
Paco: Yeah, there's some real subtle and incisive comedy there, right? Anyways, consider all of the possible humor that could be wrung from Achmed being a terrorist and trying to join the U.S. military—some subversive, some tasteless, some jingoist, some outrageous. So what's the entire sketch about? How Achmed can't do one pushup. Seriously, that's it? What does that have to do with Achmed being a terrorist? What does that have to do with anything?
Victor: So you're saying that the sketches are so badly written that you could replace the featured puppet in any of them and they would still be exactly the same?
Paco: No, you're saying that. I'm saying they suck rocks! (laughter) This is the kind of show in which the obligatory celebrity cameo is provided by, of all people, Brooke Hogan (Brooke Hogan?). Even worse, the sketch she's in, in which Peanut, the purple whatchamacallit with green hair, falls in love with her, is so tenth-rate that she actually looks embarrassed to be in it. I haven't seen anything that sad and pathetic since you tried to pick up that forty-seven-year-old cocktail waitress in Des Moines and got shot down! (laughter)
Victor: Well, it's too bad the show is so terrible, Paco. Judging by the reception Dunham got at Camp Pendleton, he has a large and devoted fan base who will certainly want to get this DVD, but it's possible even his most devout fans probably won't like it all that much.
Paco: And how bad does something have to be when even Jeff Dunham fans think it sucks? (laughter)
Victor: Now, Paco, be nice. Tell us about the DVD itself.
Paco: It's pretty standard TV fare. Anamorphic 1.78:1 transfer, Dolby stereo mix, both acceptable, with no flaws to speak of—which makes them the complete opposite of the show itself! (laughter)
Victor: Ouch. What about extras?
Paco: The DVD comes with some behind-the-scenes footage, mostly one or two minutes showing how a few sketches and some promos were filmed. Also included are some bloopers (1:35) and an unaired sketch (6:59) that's truly awful. Seriously, can you imagine something that wasn't funny enough to be included on The Jeff Dunham Show?
Victor: I don't think anyone would really want to contemplate that.
Paco: Any more than anyone would really want to contemplate you actually making out with a woman! (laughter)
Victor: All right, Paco, that's enough. I think it's time to go. Any final thoughts?
Paco: Yes. For God's sake, people, don't buy this DVD. Run far, far away. Avoid it like the plague. Pretend you're a woman and Victor's hitting on you. That's how fast and far you have to run! (laughter)
Victor: Good advice. I mean—aw, forget it. Good night, everybody!
Paco: Good night! Drive safely! (applause)

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 30

Perp Profile

Studio: Comedy Central
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 153 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Bad
• Comedy
• Performance
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurette
• Bonus Sketch
• Blooper Reel


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