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Jeff Dunham performing in town Sept 21 

Jeff DunhamJeff Dunham’s television specials have been some of the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history. His DVD sales have reached seven million units. His videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube, and his live concerts have become mega-events played in front of sold-out arenas worldwide. On Sept. 21, Jeff Dunham brings his entourage of signature characters to The Vina Robles Amphitheatre.

In 2006, Jeff’s self-produced Arguing With Myself, his first one-hour prime time special, premiered on Comedy Central. The audience reaction was explosive. Almost immediately, fans were posting clips across the Web, views rocketed into the tens of millions, and Jeff Dunham became a comedy phenomenon, reviving a lost art with new levels of comedy and a contemporary voice.

In 2007, Dunham’s self-produced Spark of Insanity, his second Comedy Central special, again premiered to record ratings and million plus DVD sales. Amazon’s consumers rated Spark the best DVD of the year. In 2008, his third television event, A Very Special Christmas Special, premiered with 6.6 million viewers to become the cable channel’s most-watched program ever.

Jeff’s most recent stand-up special, Controlled Chaos, made an unprecedented multi-territory broadcast and DVD release in a dozen countries upon its U.S. bow on Comedy Central on September 25, 2011. 5.5 million people tuned in to watch the special on Comedy Central, making it the third most watched program in the channel’s history, and over 100,000 DVDs were sold within the first week.

Today, Dunham’s global appeal is undeniable. He was named top-grossing live comedy act in the world in 2009 and 2010 by Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine. He has sold-out stadium-sized shows across three continents, from the United Kingdom to Sydney, Toronto to Copenhagen. He sold-out an 8,000 seat hockey arena in Helsinki,Finland on Easter Sunday, and Dunham doesn’t speak a word of Finnish. Or Swedish. Or Norwegian. Or Afrikaan, which are the official languages of some of the countries he has visited. There is universal appeal to Dunham’s relationship with his characters that transcends any small gaps in language translation.

At the end of 2011, The Bio Channel’s premiere of Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy became the network’s number one broadcast of all time. In 2012, Jeff will continue to pack arena-sized venues on his new Controlled Chaos live show. He will make his fourth trip to Europe this spring, stopping in the U.K., Germany, and Belgium, and will return to South Africa and Australia this summer.

Tickets range from $40 to $65, plus applicable service charges. The Vina Robles Amphitheatre is located at 3800 Mill Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 286-3680.

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