Photo by Cindy Luft
Jeff Dunham, sans puppet, clowns around in the RotorWay helicopter
onstage at Theater in the Woods Saturday evening.
August 2, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin
- Although there isn't an official count yet, preliminary estimates
had attendance at comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's show Saturday night
presented by RotorWay International exceeding last year's 10,000. If that
is the case, it will be the single most well-attended event ever at
Theater in the Woods.
Dunham, a RotorWay helicopter builder and
pilot, entertained the large crowd with his classic characters, Walter,
the curmudgeon; Achmed the Dead Terrorist; Peanut, Jose Jalapeño; and
even Bubba J in an unscheduled appearance.
People had staked out seats at the covered
Theater since the morning, and by the early evening, all 3,500 seats under
the roof were were taken. By curtain time, the crowd spilled out
throughout the area, and large screens monitors provided viewing for them.
The night started with "Guitar Guy"
Brian Haner's comedy/musical routine. A crowd favorite was his re-creation
of Jimi Hendrix's national anthem where he went as far as playing the
guitar behind his head, and one-handed.