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

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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 ...

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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451234698
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 314,798
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeff Dunham is one of America’s best known and successful comedians. His mix of stand-up and ventriloquism has won him a legion of fans across the country, fans who have bought over 6 million copies combined of his DVDs, made 3 of his clips the top rated on YouTube of all time, and made him the top grossing comedy act in the world. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    A GREAT READ!

    If you're a fan of Jeff Dunham and his crew of crazy puppets, this book is a must-read! It is a great autobiography, starting from Jeff's first introduction to ventriloquism, taking us through his first gig, his college years, all the way up to present day. He's very honest, sharing the bad and the good with equal humor. His puppets offer their opinions along the way, and it is a great ride. You don't have to know anything about ventriloquism to enjoy this book, and you might just learn a thing or two. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes Mr. Dunham's comedy.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Good

    Very well done jef fa-fa

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Funny

    I told all my friends about this book and they went out and bout it wow i didnot really think that they really would lol. But i you love Jeff Dunnham and his crew then you will total love this book. (It Even Gives Almost All Of His Dirty And His Clean Jokes.) Love,Kaitlyn Harper ENJOY.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Loved it

    Can't get enough of Jeff Dunham, always a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Reiews

    If you are goinng to review book, dont give me thhe whole story like Christysbookreview did that is posted above. Let me read it for myself. Thank you very much.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    Hilarious memoir demonstrates the man behind Walter, Peanut & Achmed

    All By My Selves by Jeff Dunham is a quirky autobiography by an equally quirky man. Dunham has achieved international fame through his comedic ventriloquism act with puppets Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and more. He traces the course of that journey through this book that begins with his eighth Christmas when his parents purchased him a ventriloquist's dummy named Mortimer Snerd. Something changed in Dunham permanently that day and he began practicing how to operate the vent (that is the term used in the business for the puppet or dummy) and speaking without using his lips. After giving a book report with Mortimer, he discovered that he could make people laugh, and there was no turning back. Dunham spent his junior high and high school years traveling to ventriloquist conventions, performing for summer camps, business dinners, and eventually doing commercials for a local car dealership. Dunham's writing is interspersed with lines from his crowd of characters commenting on his lack of love life and major geekdom (Dunham is a huge fan of Star Trek, to the point of carrying a credit card with the Enterprise on it!). The book exposes Dunham as a genuinely likable man who is very driven to succeed. He sees opportunities where others would see walls and is constantly working to improve himself and his act. The book is a surprisingly enjoyable read. Dunham's writing voice is very conversational and friendly, and the interruptions by his characters lighten the mood and keep the story moving smoothly. The best parts are his stories of the road, how he cobbled together a Jose the Jalapeno from posterboard and masking tape when the airport lost his luggage, when a taking care of a heckler turned into a horrifying gaffe, rigging up his vent to move on its own for the high school talent show, and doing donuts in the parking lot of White Castle. Dunham is just as hilarious in book form as he is on stage, and when readers finish the book, they will want to immediately watch his DVDs now that they know the secret behind some of the best bits. If you are already a fan, you'll love this book, and if you aren't one, the book will make you one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Jeff dunhams my hero

    Im only 13 and im usualy getting bullied and this book helps. I laugh and see tjat even the celebrities have problems and it make me feel better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Best book ever

    Best book ever MUST READ!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    LoveJeffDunham!

    Ive never read this book, but i believe it will be a great book. Ive heard his stories, i see him on TV, and he rocks. Especially with Walter! I want to read this book and I will buy it as soon as I get 10 dollars! I am SO excited!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Awsome funny

    It is so funny that it is stupid

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Go jefafa

    Oh jefafa oh jefafa you are my
    Favorite

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Favorite Comedian Ever

    This is a very funny, very interesting book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    A great read from a great talent

    A funny, often heartwarming book by the most talented guy in show business. In this insanely PC world we need Jeff and the guys more than ever and their story will entertain you as much as their act. Highly recommended.



    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    A MUST READ!!!

    Jeff Dunham has done it again! The best book ever! Jeff is the best comedian along with all his puppets! My husband & I saw him in person and it was the greastest show. This book is a must read! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Nice book sad ending

    Yah ,,, bo ho

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Jeff

    I love the episodes

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    This is awesome

    Rarrrrrrre

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY

    Terry Fator needs to read this book!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Amazing

    Jeff may be a comedian but... in this book he expresses good and bad times of his life but does it using comedey

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Funny

    This book is well written so if you don't like it from the words of Walter shut the h*ll up

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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