One of the most horrifying moments of my Christmas break happened when my family tried to describe to me the merits of Jeff Dunham. These are educated, lovely people trying to tell me how hilarious a man is who uses puppets to supplement his comedy. Who couldn’t conceive of a TV show without said puppets. That is now cancelled.
Yes, Jeff Dunham’s sketch show with puppets debuted to thunderous ratings of 6.5 million viewers. That’s a lot of viewers. That’s three times as many viewers as the shows on Fox News average, and their audience is primarily made up of the same people: people who would laugh at a joke involving a skeleton named Achmed the dead terrorist.
Jeff Dunham’s show was the highest rated premiere on the network, but ratings quickly fell, and it was eviscerated by the critical establishment. They literally took turns flogging themselves after viewing the program, then spent hours denouncing previously held concepts of religion and morality. They then shaved their heads and didn’t speak for seven weeks. The DVD screeners that were sent have the same lore as the video from The Ring.
Comedy Central still has a massive deal with Dunham, and is planning on releasing a new special of his this year.