All by My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me

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All by My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me

Format:  Paperback,

355 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Sep 2011

ISBN-13: 9780451234698

ISBN-10: 0451234693

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"The most popular standup comic in the U.S." --"Time"

Whether he's breathing life into Walter, an old curmudgeon; Peanut, an over-caffeinated purple maniac; or Achmed, a screaming, skeletal, dead terrorist, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is the straight man to some of the wildest, funniest partners in show business.

"All By My Selves" is the story of one pretty ordinary guy, one interesting hobby, one very understanding set of parents, and a long and winding road to becoming America's favorite comedian. With wit, honesty, and lots of great show business detail, Dunham shares all the major moments in his journey to worldwide fame and success.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Sep 2011
ISBN-13: 9780451234698
ISBN-10: 0451234693
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 355
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.1

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Review by Library Journal (2010-09-02)

You probably recognize Dunham, as I did, as the ventriloquist you flip past because you've already seen him and think he should be funnier. His book explains perfectly why he's not funnier: because he's a genuinely nice guy. He doesn't seem to have that edgy, corrosive, angry, ugly humor so appealing to dudes. So while he's funny, he's also tame. Sort of the opposite of Bob Saget. A throwback to a gentler time, Dunham is the only child of a devout Texas Christian family; his two main inspirations are vaudevillians Edgar Bergen and Milton Berle.

His hobby (no kidding) is building and piloting life-sized helicopters, you know, from kits. Makes my triathlon geekery look pretty cool by comparison. The performing bug bit him at the tender age of eight (which, I point out to Mr. Russell Brand, surfaces on PAGE 12), and since then he characterizes himself as "always trying to get onstage", where he "always just play['s] the nice guy" alongside his "figures" (they aren't puppets). Church events led to bigger and bigger parties, local commercials, and stand-up.

Along the way, he developed a thick skin, evolved his characters, and learned "the two basic rules for success-don't move your lips and make your audience laugh". Travelling shows led to Broadway and early cable, and he started headlining soon after getting gigs opening for his idols (e.g., Bob Hope, George Burns). An audience, he writes, is "like a hive of bees...it's an entity that the performer has to learn to understand and communicate with". An autobiography, however, is not like a hive of bees; it's a chronology, and Dunham's persistent skipping around in time is jarring.

While it's not something I can recommend to my fellow dudes, this is an honest effort from a genuine fell a. Chicks, take the guy home; your parents will love him. Rated: PG with occasional terrorism from Achmed, Chucky references, and, hey, why is Jeff's hand up that guy's butt...?-Douglas Lord, "Books for Dudes", Booksmack! 9/2/10

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"The most popular standup comic in the U.S." -- Time

Whether he's breathing life into Walter, an old curmudgeon; Peanut, an over-caffeinated purple maniac; or Achmed, a screaming, skeletal, dead terrorist, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is the straight man to some of the wildest, funniest partners in show business.

All By My Selves is the story of one pretty ordinary guy, one interesting hobby, one very understanding set of parents, and a long and winding road to becoming America's favorite comedian. With wit, honesty, and lots of great show business detail, Dunham shares all the major moments in his journey to worldwide fame and success.

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