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Volume 9, Number 6 August 1, 2008     

Thousands watch as Dunham delivers
By Dana Heimos

Jeff Dunham and Walter. Photo by Dan Luft

Jeff Dunham with Achmed the Dead Terrorist.
Photo by Tyson Rininger

On Wednesday evening EAA’s Theater in the Woods was nearly busting at the seams as a record number of people filled the seats and surrounding areas to watch the highly anticipated comedy of Jeff Dunham.

The builder of three RotorWay helicopters and a helicopter pilot himself, Dunham (EAA 379404), along with his chest full of dummies affectionately known as the "Suitcase Posse," delivered an unforgettable night of ventriloquist comedy with an aviation twist.

"Jeff Dunham drew the biggest crowd EAA’s Theater in the Woods has ever seen," said long-time volunteer Judy Mueller. "Everyone was very pleased and we heard nothing but good remarks. He even stayed after the show to sign autographs."

Kicking off the show with a comical anecdote on how he fell asleep in a P-51D Mustang earlier in the day while on an air-to-air photo mission, Dunham captivated the huge crowd early on and continued the show’s momentum as he brought out famous puppets "Walter," "Peanut," "Achmed the Dead Terrorist," and "Jose Jalapeno on a Stick."

"I couldn’t stop laughing the whole time," said Ryan Chart, who says he’s previously seen Jeff on television and in DVDs but thinks his performance in Oshkosh was his best yet. "Seeing Walter live was simply awesome."

Jeff Dunham has appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman" as well as "The Tonight Show, Starring Jay Leno," and possesses four of 20 top-rated clips of all time on YouTube.com. In addition, DVDs of Dunham performances have sold more than 2 million copies. For more information on Jeff Dunham, visit his website at www.JeffDunham.com.

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