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Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters - Review

By October 7, 2012

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Jeff Dunham Minding the MonstersIf you're looking for stand-up comedy to watch this Halloween season and happen to love racist, pandering puppet comedy, you're in luck. Jeff Dunham has a new special out.

First, the good: if you're a longtime fan of Dunham, there is every likelihood that you'll love his latest hour-long stand-up special Minding the Monsters. It's the exact hour of comedy he's cranked out several times already, with the minor change that all of his puppets (Dunham is a ventriloquist if you've been living in a cave) have dressed up in Halloween costumes. So while a few minutes of each puppet is devoted to material inspired by the costume, none of the jokes are really any different than what we've gotten from him before. Every one of his creations is racist and homophobic and misogynistic in varying degrees, so fans won't be disappointed.

Now, the bad: this is another hour of lazy, pandering stand-up comedy from Jeff Dunham.

Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters premieres on Comedy Central tonight, October 7, and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, October 9.

(Read the full Jeff Dunham: Minding the Monsters review)

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October 7, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(1) Effie says:

I am watching Jeff’s new Halloween show at this very moment and am SO DISAPPOINTED!!! I am a true Jeff Dunham fan, but tonight I can not believe how the puppet’s voices have changed!!! They don’t sound like they used to!! What happened??? These “strange” voices
take all the fun out of the show.I would really like to know what brought on this peculiar change?

October 8, 2012 at 12:47 am
(2) Angel says:

I have noticed this also…This and his last show quality has declined. Im not sure if the divorce he was going through or went through was the reason. I LOVE Jeff Dunham..But, can’t say I was really impressed. Come On Jeff…Where is the guy who did the Spark of Instanity?

October 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(3) John says:

I guess you don’t like Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, or Kat WIlliams? Or is okay for those guys to poke fun of “protected classes” because they aren’t white guys? So, you don’t like Dunham’s style of humor or maybe you are just scared of how dolls make you feel. Either way, just because you don’t “get it” doesn’t make you a comedy Yoda. I’m sure your career as a pessimistic comedy “reviewer” makes you feel superior to the people that like this style of comedy. I hope I get a chance to see your stand up one day I’m sure it’s amazing. I saw the show last night on Comedy Central and I enjoyed it and from what I can tell, the DVD looks ever better than the broadcast as it seemed to be a very edited set. I always know when Jeff Dunham gets a negative critique from a struggling, wanna be comic from Chicago then it has to be good. Kudos to Mr. Dunham for delivering an interesting take on both his characters and material. I give your “review” Mr. Patrick Bromley half a star.

October 8, 2012 at 8:45 pm
(4) Greta says:

My husband and I watched Jeff’s Minding the Monsters last night and we loved every minute of it. We are not racists and while some of his routine can be a bit distasteful, Jeff and his puppets make us laugh to the point of tears running down our faces. As the last guy said, if it were Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, or Arsenio Hall making these jokes no one would call them racist. As far as the voices go, they were dressed in Halloween costumes and supposed to be acting as their character, thus the difference in the voices. Jeff Dunham is a wonderful comedian/ventriloquist.

October 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(5) Christie says:

Kind of disappointing. While some of the material for each puppet was fun with the costumes, most of the jokes were pretty much the same as what we have heard so far.. and then I am sure that the divorce and such he is going through is rough, but it really has soured the show with his constant ex bashing. I turned it off feeling like jeff really has some real issues that he needs to work through, and not on stage either.. He has a great talent but is now hiding behind those puppets. We love you Jeff, you need to find that thing you are missing, that spark of insanity..

October 16, 2012 at 5:07 pm
(6) Rob says:

I too have become quite bored with Dunham. The difference between his comedy and some of the others people have mentioned here (Rock, for example) is that Rock and company are funny when they make those types of jokes. Often it is a joke within a joke, and I don’t see that with Dunham. It’s more just a sort of ‘scandalous’ line to make people uncomfortable or laugh along with something they really feel that is not “PC.” When Rock makes a racist type of joke, it usually is pointing out a hypocrysy of some sort. It’s okay that we disagree here, I guess. Everyone has their own sensibilities when it comes to art as well as their own intelligence sets. I’m glad so many people are enjoying comedy.

October 29, 2012 at 11:52 am
(7) zoe c says:

I’ve just watched Feb Halloween special n thought ignore was good. As always peanut was my fave. Just coz thenodd racist sexist or x wife joke comes out… so what. Everyone can be that way sometimes

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