Penn State University cannot get enough Jeff Dunham.
The comedian - known for his bevy of smart-mouthed puppet characters, including Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut and Jose Jalapeno, who is famously "on a stick" - is making his fourth appearance at the college Wednesday evening.
Dunham performed at the BJC in 2008, 2010 and 2012, said Bernie Punt, the BJC's director of sales and marketing.
Comedian Jeff Dunham poses with one of his most popular puppets, Peanut.
While his appearing at the BJC isn't anything new, Dunham is bringing a whole new act with his 2013 "Disorderly Conduct" tour, which kicked off Oct. 23 in Canada.
"Well, that's good for a comedian," Punt said of having new material. "You want to have all new material and he has, I guess. It's coordinated with his Comedy Central specials, which are running at the end of October. So this will be even newer material than he has even on TV."
It seems Dunham is also looking forward to a return visit.
If you go
What: Jeff Dunham "Disorderly Conduct" tour
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, doors open one hour before show
Where: Bryce Jordan Center
Tickets: $50; $19.50 and $9.50, student tickets. On sale at the Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Altoona Campus Ticket Outlet; online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.bjc.psu.edu; or by phone at 800-745-3000. Student tickets are available in person only with valid University Park student identification.
"College towns are always fun," he said in an email when asked if performing in a college town differs from other places he brings his show.
"Like I always say, my show has no socially redeeming value whatsoever - you're not going to learn anything. All you're going to do is have a big goofy time and escape your problems for a while."
Dunham's main influence in his comedy came from Edgar Bergen, an actor and ventriloquist who voiced the well-known dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. Bergen died in 1978.
"He had the No. 1 radio program, numerous films and merchandise featuring his characters. He made Charlie and Mortimer American icons," Dunham said.
Dunham's newest characters are Peanut's "Little Jeff" character, which is a miniature version of the comedian, and "Achmed Jr.," the estranged son of the infamous Dead Terrorist who is known for the phrase, "I kill you."
"Although I don't have a new character at the moment, I am always thinking of ways to come up with something different to surprise the fans," Dunham said.
Coming up with characters is an organic process for the comedian, who constructs his characters himself.
"Just living life and observing the world," he said of how he comes up with his characters.
"Each character has a different genesis and there's no formula. Everything from materials used, to complication of movements, to what type of paint and how it's applied - I construct the characters myself, and much blood, sweat and angst is put into every one of them. Then, and the more difficult part, is creating material and writing the funny stuff!"
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