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The i wireless Center Welcomes Jeff Dunham

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

JEFF DUNHAM SOARS WITH DVD, FILM, TV, BOOK, TOUR, MERCH & MORE TV Series DVD Goes Platinum, Selling Over 100,000 Units In A Month. Named to Forbes Magazine’s Celebrity 100 List for Second Year

On Thursday December 30 at 8 p.m., the i wireless Center in Moline welcomes the global comedy phenomenon Jeff Dunham. Dunham remains busy halfway through a full 2010 slate of activities and achievements with across-the-board entertainment momentum in virtually every realm of the industry. And as proof of his prominence, Dunham was recently included in the Celebrity 100 list of most powerful entertainers for his second year in a row.

The DVD for his groundbreaking comedy-reality TV series “The Jeff Dunham Show” has posted surging sales since its May 18 release, hitting gold the week of release and then immediately surging to platinum. Within the first month, the DVD has sold more than 100,000 units.  His latest sales awards augment his more than 50 platinum certifications already for his three previous DVDs, marking Dunham as an unequaled comedy DVD powerhouse.

Dunham and his crew of comedic cohorts recently hosted the CMT Music Video Awards Video of the Year Special on June 5, where they counted down the top 10 music videos of the year on CMT. While in Nashville he blitzed the media with appearances on Fox 17’s “Tennessee Morning,” “CMT Minute,”  “CMT Radio” and “CMT Insider,” Sirius XM’s “The Music Row Happy Hour,” taped a segment for Great American Country and was interviewed for an article in Country Weekly.

Ranked the top-grossing live comedy act in the world for 2009 and in North America for two years in a row, he continues to pack 7,000 to 10,000 seat venues in the U.S. and Canada on his “Identity Crisis” tour. Dunham barnstormed Europe for his second tour there earlier this year to a rapturous reception in Holland, England, Scotland and Ireland, capped by a show at the famed O2 Arena in London. In September, he makes his debut visit to South Africa to appear at arenas in Sun City, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

His wide line of merchandise was a hit at the annual Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and already enjoys strong sales at such retail chains as Walmart, K-Mart, Hastings and F.Y.E. A t-shirt featuring Achmed the Dead Terrorist his trademark catchphrase “Silence! I keel you” has sold over 200,000 units at Walmart and is the fifth highest selling men’s shirt.

Dunham made his film debut in the Jay Roach movie “Dinner For Shmucks,” featuring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd, on July 30.

The Dunham comedy phenomenon also continues to pulse through the digital world. His iPhone app will be released this summer.  It will allow users to manipulate his characters just like a ventriloquist, hear their favorite phrases, record new phrases for the characters to say, and access tour dates, press photos, You Tube videos and website store. Dunahm’s Facebook merchandise store has already been launched and he also offers free digital gifts featuring his characters.

Last but hardly least, Dunham will publish his unique autobiography on November 2, “All By My Selves,” in which he and his comedic cohorts tell his life story and detail his rise to comedy superstardom. In August Dunham will record the audio book version that will be simultaneously released by Image Entertainment.

Further information on Jeff Dunham is at: www.jeffdunham.com To request additional press materials, please contact Debbie Keller at Personal Publicity at 480-839-9474, or e-mail DKellerPublicity@aol.com.