Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham
"It's a homecoming for me," Dunham says from his home in Los Angeles. "It's like, 'Why in the world have I never done this?'"
Because of the massive response for ticket sales, Dunham says he's decided to move his upcoming, sold-out show on Feb. 16 at the American Airlines Center to June 21 and add a second show on June 22 to accommodate his hometown fans. He's also going to shoot his next Netflix special at the AAC during both of his June shows.
Dunham has become a massive draw since his comedy club days in the '80s, '90s and early 2000s. Ten years ago, he graduated his tours to theaters and arena spaces like the AAC. He ranked ninth on the Forbes list of the highest-paid comedians for 2018 alongside other familiar names like Ricky Gervais, Dave Chappelle
However, he's never shot a comedy special in an arena space. Dunham says that since he already wanted to move his February show so he could provide DFW with an extra show, the decision was easy.
"I just knew the next Netflix special was coming, and I always pick the city in the tour, and I thought, '
Dunham started his comedy and ventriloquism career in his hometown of Richardson in the 1970s starting at churches, Kiwanis club meetings
"In the late '70s, I remember as a high school kid being invited to perform over there," Dunham says. "I was underage and I wore a suit coat and a tie. It was my first exposure to doing shows at comedy clubs."
Because the June shows are special for Dunham, he wanted to make sure as many of his fans as possible could see it.
"I look at it
Dunham has a few extra treats for his time in Dallas. Dunham says he will film another special about his career and life for A&E's Biography Channel while he's in town touring his old haunts and visiting with friends, family
The new characters include Larry, who works as President Trump's Twitter adviser and who, obviously, will look "disheveled and had no sleep and just trying to keep up," and a politically polar-opposite pair of conjoined twins named Rich and Happy with two mechanical heads that can act independently with one operator at the controls.
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"I build the dummies myself, and it was all a mechanical nightmare," Dunham says about Rich and Happy. "Both have eyes and eyebrows that move, and they can talk at the same time. It's gonna take a lot of practice at a good number of shows between now and then."
Dunham says he's excited to bring his comedy back to the place that gave him his start.
"It’s pretty fantastic," he says. "It's not the end. I've still got a few more years in me touring, but to come back and do it there, I don’t think I could beat that. This doesn’t feel like just another show. This is pretty special."
Ticket-holders who purchased seats for Dunham's February show will be able to use them to get into the June shows. Tickets for Dunham's new show dates will go on sale this Friday at JeffDunham.com.