Worldwide comedy sensation Jeff Dunham will debut his fifth comedy special, “Minding the Monsters,” just in time for Halloween this coming October. The show brings together his favorite characters for millions of fans – Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Peanut, Bubba J, Jose Jalapeno… On a Steek! and Achmed the Dead Terrorist – as they’ve truly never been seen before in a haunted house where hilarity and delightful horror ensue.
Filmed at Savannah, GA’s Lucas Theater in May, “Minding the Monsters” finds Dunham’s comedic troupe in sidesplitting situations that will both trick and treat viewers to a Halloween entertainment extravaganza. Walter transforms into something grumpier than he already is. Beer-swilling redneck Bubba J rises from the dead. Peanut becomes his alter ego, The Purple Avenger of the Night, accompanied by his spicy sidekick. And Achmed literally dresses to kill in an outfit that would terrify even the most terrifying terrorist. The special, complete with horror movie trailer spoofs starring each of the characters, takes Dunham’s phenomenally successful comedy to a whole new level that’s so funny it’s scary.
The DVD and Blu-ray “Minding The Monsters” package will be packed with special features and extras, including: A hilarious collection of “Monstrous Mistakes” outtakes from the special’s taping; a behind the scenes look in which Dunham shows Walter’s transformation into the grumpiest monster ever; A backstage “Tour of Terror” by Dunham that reveals the inner workings of the “Minding The Monsters” set; A “Minding the Miniatures” look with Dunham at how the special’s puppet graveyard was made; A behind the scenes “Monster Movie Magic” glimpse into the filming of the trailers; And a “Frightening Photos” visit to the “Minding the Monsters” photo shoot. Also included is audio commentary and bleeped and uncensored options to provide family-friendly viewing for Dunham’s all-ages audience of fans.
Dunham’s four previous specials – “Arguing with Myself,” “Spark of Insanity,” “A Very Special Christmas Special,” and “Controlled Chaos” – have all been huge ratings successes on their Comedy Central debuts. “Controlled Chaos” was the cable channel’s highest-rated stand-up special of 2011, and “A Very Special Christmas Special” has become a holiday tradition, as “Minding the Monsters” is sure to also be in the future. International sales of the previous DVDs/Blu-rays are rapidly approaching eight million copies, and clips from the specials have generated more than half-a-billion worldwide views on YouTube and other online sites.
Rated by concert industry trade publication Pollstar as the highest-earning standup concert comedian in the world for two consecutive years and in North America for three years running, Dunham sold over half-a-million tickets in 2011 and is so in-demand by promoters and his loyal fans that more than 50 shows are already planned for next year. In August he takes his Controlled Chaos tour to Australia for his second tour of the nation and makes his live New Zealand debut.
Further information on Jeff Dunham is at: www.jeffdunham.com.
Controlled Chaos Tour dates:
8/2 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair
8/3 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino
8/4 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino
8/5 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Fair
Australian & New Zealand tour
8/13 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Convention Centre
8/15 Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre
8/17 Sydney, Australia Sydney Entertainment Centre
8/19 Auckland, NZ Vector Arena
8/21 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
8/30 Palmer, AK Alaska State Fair
8/31 Salem, OR Oregon State Fair
9/14 York, PA York Fair
9/15 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater
9/20 Puyallup, WA Puyallup Fair
9/21 Quapaw, OK Downstream Casino
9/29 West Springfield, MA The Big E Comcast Arena