Jeff Dunham Net Worth
Jeff Dunham net worth and salary: Jeff Dunham is an American ventriloquist and comedian who has a net worth of $120 million. He is consistently one of the highest-paid comedians in the world, raking in anywhere from $15 – 30 million per year. He has sold over 10 million DVDs, and has earned tens of millions of dollars from merchandise sales. Jeff Dunham was born on April 18, 1963 in Dallas Texas. He began practicing ventriloquism when he was just 8 years old. By the sixth grade, he was attending ventriloquism conventions and honing a stage show. When he was a teenager he worked at Six Flags and local charity banquets. While attending Baylor University for college, he spent most weekends traveling the country to perform. In 1985 he landed a part in a Broadway variety show that featured Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. This show would prove to be a big break for the young comedian. In the late 1980s he moved to Los Angeles. In 1988 he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, achieving a lifelong goal. Throughout the 90s, Jeff was a moderately successful touring comedian. It was his 2003 Comedy Central special that turned Jeff into a superstar. He has would go on to appear in television shows such as Blue Collar TV, Good Morning America, Hollywood Squares and others, including his own one hour specials, Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself, (2006) Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity (2007) and Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008). His Christmas special brought in the highest ratings in the history of Comedy Central. In 2009, Dunham cut a deal with Comedy Central, giving him a chance to air his fourth special, do a tour of sixty cities, gain a partnership in consumer products, and an order for the Jeff Dunham Show television series, as well as DVDs. Today Jeff is probably most famous for his puppet Achmed the dead terrorist which is a staple of his act. Dunham and Walter Cummings wrote the book Dear Walter in 2003. His autobiography, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me, was published in 2010. Dunham and his wife, Paige, separated in 2008. They have three daughters together, Bree, Kenna and Ashlyn.