Arguing With Myself, a recorded live performance of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, portrays a comedian whose revival of an old-fashioned art has made ventriloquism more relevant to modern societal concerns. Starring his six main characters, from Bubba Jay, a Nascar-obsessed hick, to Peanut, a flamboyant gay monkey, Dunham’s puppets have dirty but relatively inoffensive senses of humor that mock the American Dream. One can easily see why Jay Leno champions Dunham, as his skits contain a similar sly sarcasm disguised as wholesome teasing aimed at men indebted to their ugly wives, for example, or people who live their lives working in cubicles. At times, though, Dunham’s humor seems to lose its ironic distance, especially as he interacts with puppets like Jose Jalapeño, a Cuban chile pepper, or Sweet Daddy D, a Black pimp, both reliant on the antiquated humor once popularized in cartoons by racial caricature. Since the entire audience in the film is white, it is difficult to assess whether or not African-Americans or Latinos would find Dunham funny. In other words, Dunham’s humor isn’t overtly offensive enough to make fun of ethnic heritage. However, his skills as a ventriloquist alone make him a fascinating entertainer, and anyone interested in how puppetry and ventriloquism has progressed over the decades would benefit from watching Dunham bring life to his wooden friends. --Trinie Dalton
As straight man to some of the most hilarious pint-sized partners in show business Jeff Dunham has become one of the most successful touring comics ever and has amassed legions of loyal fans! At the American Comedy Awards Dunham was voted Male Stand-Up Comic of the Year an honor shared with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld Jeff Foxworthy and Robin Williams. Thousands of sold-out theater and comedy club performances his own top-rated special on Comedy Central and countless TV guest spots - including numerous Tonight Show appearances (with both Leno and Carson) - have won him accolades and success. The reason why is very simple: he and his buddies are funny as hell. Oh and by the way... Jeff Dunham is a ventriloquist.Now see for yourself on a DVD that will set the new standard for how truly awesome a comedy DVD can be. Join Jeff and his outspoken-often-edgy characters: Walter Peanut Jose Jalapeno (...on a steeek!) Bubba J and Sweet Daddy Dee for a live show that will have you on the floor laughing!Contains both BLEEPED and NON-BLEEPED soundtracks on the same disc.System Requirements:Running Time 76 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 014381314724 Manufacturer No: ID3147ONDVD
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