Jeff Dunham returned to Oshawa headlining the GM Centre. But it’s what – or who – was in his suitcase that sold out the venue.
Dunham, an American comedian and ventriloquist, stopped in Oshawa Friday night during his Perfectly Unbalanced tour bringing with him a grumpy retiree, a dead terrorist, a redneck, a miniature version of himself, and his purple sidekick, Peanut, all of which Dunham claims to be “politically incorrect.”
Dunham announced his tour back in late September of last year and many attendees, including a couple from Toronto, rushed to “score the best seats in the house.”
William Balfour, the marketing and group sales manager for Spectra Venue, announced that there was “a limited amount of tickets” being sold a few hours before the 8 p.m. show. However, those tickets quickly sold out.
Dunham opened the show with a video montage showcasing the highlights of his career.
Once on stage, Dunham entertained the audience with stories of the newest additions to his family, his newborn twin boys.
However, it was not long until he was joined on stage by a bitter old man, Walter, who mocked the 53-year-old father of five for his choice to have children.
Although the show had a few hiccups, such as Dunham’s crew leaving the industrial humidifiers back at his last show in Michigan, Dunham expressed he was thankful for his crew after they found him replacement humidifiers “to his taste” at a local Walmart in the forms of “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Hello Kitty.”
Dunham was quick to turn his hitches into new jokes that were brought up by many of his puppets throughout the show.
Dunham found many opportunities to laugh with the crowd whether he was laughing at his own jokes, chasing a miniature version of himself, mocking the audience, or accidentally launching a puppet across the stage. Dunham assured the roaring crowd that he was “a professional.”
Dunham ended the show with a “group selfie” and a thank you to Oshawa for “another great night in Canada,” and for “believing in the magic” of ventriloquism before launching miniature Peanut dolls across the venue.
After his performance in Oshawa, Dunham headed to Ottawa for Saturday night’s show at the Canadian Tire Centre.