Top Comedian Jeff Dunham's High-Tech Skills Support Amazing Success
How did Jeff Dunham become the world's leading standup comic and an Internet phenomenon? One big factor is his early adoption of digital computer technology and the vision to see its potential. As a result, he has become the #1 live box office comedy act in the world, racked up an astounding half billion plus views of his clips online, and sold an unprecedented 7 million DVDs.
And he delights in taking his craft where no comedian has ever gone before. So to open his fourth standup special, with a wow, Dunham went to his workshop, where his advanced NextEngine 3D scanner and Dimension 3D printer came in handy as the shooting deadline loomed. "Controlled Chaos" makes an unprecedented multi-territory debut on September 25, and is sure to set TV ratings records and add even more millions to his DVD sales.
The challenge? Convert a custom hot rod into the Achmed Mobile by topping its engine with a giant animated skull of Dunham's best-known character, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Craftsman and car buff Dunham has made his own characters by hand since his youth and builds and flies his own helicopters. Always at the digital cutting edge as well, he fashioned his largest Achmed skull yet by scanning in a full 3D image of the character's head from one of his many best-selling merchandise items. The printer then output a 3D plastic mold onto which Dunham sculpted and painted the vivid skull face known to many millions worldwide.
With chomping jaw and flickering eyes, the huge Achmed skull pilots the roaring hot rod that opens Dunham's high-velocity return to the one-hour special medium that was pivotal in launching his worldwide stardom. A clip from an earlier special highlighting Achmed's hilarious appeal became fourth-most viewed video ever on the Web.
Dunham pioneered using the Internet as a digital promotional and marketing tool since getting his first early Apple computer in his college years, gathering a large, powerful and ever growing fan list during his time on the comedy circuit, and a similar burgeoning following on the Web. The comedian has conquered the entertainment world by melding classic show business traditions and craft with 21st Century innovation and technology. His online clips from his previous comedy specials helped catapult Dunham to packing arenas and other top venues in North America and overseas. He boasts more than 4 million Facebook fans, is the #1 most popular comedian on MySpace, has one of the most highly-visited websites in the entertainment industry, and his iPhone app became an immediate Top 10 seller the day it was released a year ago.
Dunham is a genuine renaissance man for the new digital millennium whose high-tech savvy has helped him rule as the highest earning concert comedian in North America for three years and worldwide for the last two, hit The New York Times Book Review bestsellers list with his autobiography published last year, and market his line of some 100 merchandise items and tally brisk sales via his website, at his shows, and via major chain retailers across America.
His career approach is both hands on and high-tech visionary. He has workshops where he creates and maintains his crew of hilarious character sidekicks both at home and on his tour bus, builds helicopters and restores classic cars, and continues to refine and expand his digital marketing and social media initiatives while pushing the envelope with his hilarious and sometimes provocative comedy. In the process he has taken a comedic art born in vaudeville and make it a modern entertainment powerhouse, and have as much fun as his fans if not even more in the process.
Further information on Jeff Dunham is at: www.jeffdunham.com