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Puppet Master

Jeff Dunham is America’s most famous redneck ventriloquist. But his conservative fans might not adore him so much if they knew his stand-up consists of fisting male Islamists and rubbing illegal immigrants’ sticks. Achmed the Dead Terrorist and Jose Jalapeño on a Stick, an actual Mexican jalapeño who might or might not be here legally, are two of Dunham’s puppets. Check out Achmed on YouTube, one of the most widely viewed videos online, where a skeleton suicide bomber has a “premature detonation.” Our other favorite character is Walter, a Vietnam vet who is so curmudgeonly he shouted down Paul Shaffer’s live band on Late Show With David Letterman.
Wed., May 19, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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