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Hollywood Chamber Honors Jeff Dunham with Walk of Fame Star
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proudly honored performer Jeff Dunham with the 2,619th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star was dedicated in the category of Live Performance at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the newly developed Eastown. One of Dunham’s most popular characters Walter accepted the star with him.
“Jeff Dunham has single handedly revived the popularity of ventriloquism for the last three decades. He joins ventriloquists Edgar Bergen, Shari Lewis and Tommy Riggs on the Walk of Fame,” stated Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Emcee of star ceremonies.
Helping Gubler to unveil the star were guest speakers Walk of Famers Jay Leno and Howie Mandel.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham was born in Dallas, Texas and considered one of the world’s most inventive entertainers. Dunham’s sidekicks include: the old curmudgeon Walter, the spicy pepper José Jalapeño…on a Steek, NASCAR loving Bubba J., and many others. He was introduced to ventriloquism at the age of eight, when his parents gave him a Mortimer Snerd dummy as a Christmas gift. The gift sparked his lifelong passion for what was becoming a lost art. He spent his adolescence studying the masters of ventriloquism, Jimmy Nelson and Edgar Bergen.
After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Los Angeles and soon became a sensation on the national comedy club circuit, as well as a frequent guest comic on The Tonight Show.
Throughout the years, Dunham has had several record-breaking, self-produced comedy specials on Comedy Central including Arguing With Myself, Spark of Insanity, A Very Special Christmas Special, Controlled Chaos, Minding the Monsters, and All Over The Map.
In 2010, his limited series The Jeff Dunham Show was the highest-rated premiere ever for Comedy Central, and later that year he published an autobiography entitled, All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me, which became a New York Times Best Seller.
Dunham has also made many cameo appearances across television and film, from the Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock, Angie Tribeca, and Dinner For Schmucks, starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. His NBC primetime comedy special Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood debuted on NBC Primetime in the fall of 2015 and ranked as the time period’s top non-sports program on the Big 4 in every key measure. Guinness World Records recently named Jeff Dunham as the world record holder for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour,” and he continues selling out arenas across the country for his Perfectly Unbalanced tour. He just returned from Ireland where he shot his latest stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, which will debut on Netflix on September 12th .
Throughout his career, Dunham has made a commitment to helping those in need. The Jeff Dunham Fund donates a dollar of each concert ticket to local charities as he tours the country. His organization has donated almost $1.2-million to worthy organizations since its inception.
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The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies.It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $40,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com
For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.
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