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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jeff Dunham!

I think this is the first time we have ever had to resort to StubHub for an event at Westbury Music Fair! He did three sold out shows, one on Thursday night and two on Friday. Not a surprise -- he did a sold out show at Nassau Coliseum a few years ago, after all. Loved the show then, had to see him again. We had tickets for the second show on Friday.

A small aside ...who designs a 3,000 seat theater with only one entrance/exit from the parking lot to the street? Traffic is always a nightmare on Brush Hollow Road when there's an event at the theater. But last night . . . The early show ran overtime, people arriving for the late show had to wait on the road until the parking lot cleared, and to complicate matters there was an accident between a car and a Walmart truck -- no one was hurt, thank goodness, but the car looked like it might be totaled, and cleanup blocked a lane of traffic for over an hour.

But the show was well worth the wait and the aggravation. Two hours of Jeff and his friends ...he started with Walter, the grouchy old man. Everyone knows someone like Walter.

He moved on to Little Jeff, he's trying to sell Little Jeff dummies and teach others how to be a ventriloquist.

And then ... Peanut. Peanut is ... Hard to describe. During the Peanut routine he also voices Jose, his JalapeƱo on a stick. And then he had Peanut become a ventriloquist, too, so Peanut was voicing Little Jeff. (A different voice for a Little Jeff than earlier in the show!). How he manages to interact with, manipulate and voice three puppets at the same time ...

He opted not to do Bubba, which was fine with me, the redneck is not my favorite.

And then, finally, there was Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Clearly everyone's favorite. These days "Silence, I keel you!" induces laughter even when it is not the punch line of an Achmed joke. I think he is at his most brilliant when working with Achmed.

During the show Jeff mentioned that he taped his recent world tour for . . .i think he said an HBO special. You know I'll be watching that one!

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