You might come across a ventriloquist on TV and wonder how much they can earn from this job. One of the most popular ventriloquists is named Jeff Dunham. He is not only a ventriloquist but also a stand up comedian, actor, Youtuber, and an author. Check out his net worth below.
Net Worth and Salary
Jeff Dunham has an estimated net worth of $150 million as of 2021. This comedian is counted as one of the highest paid comedians in the world. Forbes ranked him fifth in the category. His annual salary is around $15 to $30 million. Aside from being one of the highest paid comedians in the world, he is also one of the top grossing standup acts in North America.
In 2011, Jeff Dunham collected $20 million. A year after that, he earned a total of $22 million. In 2013, he brought a total of $19 million home. between June 2017 and June 2018, he gained $17 million. The man has sold more than 10 million DVDs and has collected $10 millions from merchandise sales alone. In addition, he also has earned a lot from endorsement deals.
In 2009, Jeff Dunham purchased a 6,522 square feet home for $4.25 million. Eight years later, he sold his home located in Encino, California for $4.1 million. The place consists of 5 bedrooms, and 6 and half bathrooms. Before it was sold, it was listed in 2015 for $5.199 million.
In the same year, Jeff Dunham also sold his home with a beach view located in the same city California. While the previous one is in Encino, this one is in Del Mar. The three story home was built in 2007. It has a Mediterranean style. It consists of 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and two half baths. Just four years after it was built, he listed it for $8.75 million and it was finally sold six years later in 2017 for $5.5 million.
In 1985, Jeff Dunham took part in a Broadway variety show with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller. It was a hit show. In the late 1080s, the man decided to move to Los Angeles. In 1988, he made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The 90s was the time when he got a decent popularity as a comedian. His popularity kept increasing. 2003 was his best time as he got big with Comedy Central, the one that made him a superstar. He then showed up in several TV shows, including Blue Collar TV, Good Morning America, Hollywood Squares and others. Not only that, he had his own one hour specials such as Jeff Dunham: Arguing With Myself (2006), Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity (2007) and Jeff Dunham’s Very Special Christmas Special (2008). The last one brought in the highest ratings in the history of Comedy Central.
In 2009, Jeff Dunham signed a contract with Comedy Central. From this deal, he got a chance to air his fourth special, do a tour of sixty cities, earn a partnership in customer products, and an order for the Jeff Dunham Show TV series and DVDs. Unfortunately, the show known as The Jeff Dunham show was cancelled after only one season due to a few things, including poor reviews, low ratings, and higher production costs compared to the other shows produced by Comedy Central. It seems like him having the most watched premier in Comedy Central history and higher average ratings compared to the other shows on the network did not help much.
Jeff Dunham has his fourth special that premiered on Comedy Central on September 25, 2011. It was named Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos. The fifth one called Minding the Monsters premiered on October 7, 2021. In March 2014, there was an animated film named Achmed Saved America on CMT. The sixth one entitled All Over the Map dropped on November 16, 2014 on Comedy Central. The next special one was a bit different as it was aired on NBC and not on Comedy Central. This one is named Unhinged in Hollywood. The last one was released on September 17, 2015.
Jeff Dunham has earned success thanks to the characters that he created. These characters include Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Walter, Peanut, Jose Jalapeno on a stick, Bubba J, Sweet Daddy Dee, Melvin the Superhero Guy, Little Jeff, Achmed Junior, Diane, and Seamus.
Jeff Dunham is not only known as an American ventriloquist, a stand up comedian, an actor, and a Youtuber. In addition to these jobs, he spread his wings as an author. 2003, Dear Walter that was written by himself and Walter Cummings was dropped. Seven years later, he then released his autobiography entitled All By My Selves: Walter Peanut, Achmed and Me.
- Full Name: Jeff Dunham
- Nick Name: Jeff Dunham
- Gender: Male
- Birth of Place: Dallas, Texas, United States
- Birth of Date: April 18, 1962
- Star Sign: Aries
- Nationality: American
- Region: Christian
- College: Baylor University
- Height: 183 cm or 6 feet 0 inch
- Weight: 68 kg or 145 lbs
- Hair Color: Dark brown
- Eye Color: Blue
- Father: Howard Dunham
- Mother: Joyce Dunham
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Marital Status: Married
- Wife/Spouse: Audrey Murdick (married 2021), Paige Dunham (married 1994-2010)
- Children: Kenna Dunham, Bree Dunham, Ashlyn Dunham, James Jeffrey Dunham, Jack Steven Dunham
- Occupation: American ventriloquist, stand up comedian, actor, author, Youtuber
Jeff Dunham was born on April 18, 1962 in Dallas, Texas, the United States of America. When he was still really small, he was adopted by Howard and Joyce Dunham. His adopted parents raised him in a Presbyterian home. 1970 was the year when he started to take interest in ventriloquism after getting a Mortimer Snerd dummy as a Christmas present. At the time, he was only 8 years old. He then visited a library to check out about ventriloquism. When he was in the fourth grade, he started dreaming to be a professional ventriloquist. To achieve his dream, he would spend hours in front of mirrors to practice.