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John Lamb, Published April 24 2013

Ventriloquist Dunham playing rare Sunday afternoon Fargodome show

FARGO – Jeff Dunham has legions of fans, but don’t count those closest to the comic, the ones that are extensions of him.

They are both the bane of his existence and the reason thousands pay to see him at every show.

The ventriloquist has made a name for himself by quibbling with his characters onstage and in front of cameras. Whether it’s the cranky Walter, the redneck Bubba J., the furry Peanut, or Achmed, the Dead Terrorist, Dunham gets laughs getting into spats with his friends. Even if he’s often the butt of the jokes.

Dunham and his plush pals have a rare afternoon show Sunday at the Fargodome.

The “Disorderly Conduct” tour won’t likely stray far from past specials, as it is still Dunham and his regular suspects. (The pimp-like character, Sweet Daddy Dee, may have gone to the great trunk in the sky, however. His headstone was seen in the beginning of Dunham’s latest special, “Minding the Monster,” prompting many to believe he’d been retired.)

Not only will all of Dunham’s dummies be there, so will many of his fan-favorite jokes. At his 2010 Fargodome show, the comic wound up his set with a bit in which the crowd responded with the punch lines.

Dunham better look out for job security. He doesn’t want just any dummy to do his job.

If you go

What: Jeff Dunham

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive

Info: All tickets are $45. (855) 694-6367


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