My review of Jeff Dunham after seeing live show
Jeff Dunham came to town recently and there was a coworker who was selling their tickets because they had other obligations.
I was thinking back to when I saw some of his stand up bits on tv and from what I remembered, I honestly thought this would be a pretty clean show - Oh, how wrong I was!
(The ticket were a very short notice option and I blame myself for not doing more extensive research. It is sad that we have to do such things in the first place. This show was a HUGE disappointment)
He definitely is not as funny as when he first started, far from his humble beginnings as a family man back when he first debuted in the 90's. His act was sharp, and you could see his talent as a ventriloquist. There is a video of him back in 1991, just for laughs, and he was great.
What happened? He must have sold his soul for fame, because it is evident in his act.
Now, his act is lame and he can't even keep his lips from moving. It's all gone, his life is catching up with him.
The performance was full of:
~Blasphemy (always a disappointment for me even if only saying, "O my G-d" in surprise, asking God to damn something, and especially a lack of reverence to the Holy Name of Jesus)
~Cursing, sexual innuendos, and various other forms of immaturity as if it's cool to be like that
~Talking about his own children in a sexual sense (he talked extensively about changing his baby boy's diapers and handling their private parts, which started to make me wonder if he is a pedophile or something)
~Making fun of women who wear full face veils -he said burka- (although he claims that he never gave his terrorist character an official religion in some interviews)
**Note: I am all for protecting our borders and issuing a temporary ban on travel from countries that are known to harbor terrorists (as other countries have done) in order to put a system in place which make immigration into this country safe for everyone, but, making fun of the most oppressed group of women is in the same zone as making fun of someone who is handicapped or has some other affliction that they would otherwise not choose to have.
~and so much more!
Personally, I think true comedy is done without any of this. If a person has to resort to the same old, tired, shock humor --then that shows just how much they lack any real comedic talent.
It's easy to gross people out or make them really uncomfortable, but how is this entertainment? Some people laugh when they are uncomfortable, and this does the opposite of creating positive feelings derived from innocent humor and joy. Those with already corrupt hearts and minds get a sick pleasure of further corruption like a heroine addict craving the drug that kills him.
Although he has very well crafted puppets with great facial detail, some of these instruments could be better put to use by actual comedians without being used to promote corruption in the minds and hearts of others.
You know those people who tell clean jokes that actually require thinking and use of logic? That's is the kind of stuff that actually fosters the good in people and leaves them with a positive feeling rather than feelings of disgust or shame.
Consider seeing Tim Hawkins instead, if you want real entertainment from a real man.
I'm a pretty conservative person now, but I haven't always been this way. Since I've seen it all before, it actually no longer appeals to me, thankfully, I have grown up and I am able to see things for what they really are. I actually used to be a mix of atheist/agnostic or whatever else I thought was cool at the time. I think my main problem was that I gave this a mental stamp of safe because of the puppets (In fact, that actually makes it more evil because of his appeal to children). Sometimes good entertainers go bad, and sometimes bad performers make a change for the better.
Moral of the story:
Always stay up to date on the things you think are safe, because the devil sneaks in everywhere to try to get you.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing