Ventriloquist entertainer Jeff Dunham travelled to Malaysia as part of his “All Over The Map!” international comedy tour in 2014, but what you may not have seen in a recent YouTube post is that “the Malaysian government banned Achmed the Dead Terrorist from appearing on stage.”
Jeff Dunham is an entertainer, “with more than 45 years on stage and countless performances, making him one [of the] world’s most recognizable and inventive entertainers,” notes Dunham’s About page on his website. Jeff Dunham’s “fascination with ventriloquism began at age eight when his parents gave him a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy, and by ten he was performing anywhere he could find and audience.”
According to Jeff Dunham’s YouTube page, “The last time we left the US, we ran into a little trouble when the Malaysian government banned Achmed the Dead Terrorist from appearing on stage. But as always, every problem has a solution.”
One of Dunham’s most famous characters, Walter, put it like this: “The Malaysian government said, ‘No Achmed The Dead Terrorist on stage.’ You couldn’t even say his name.”
“I’m telling you, I’m the lamb gone to slaughter,” said Dunham when he found out he couldn’t use Achmed. “They’re going to start booing, and they’re not going to be booing me. They’re going to be booing the fact that this is happening.
“This is who they’re going to be waiting for,” Dunham said later, while collaborating with his team about the show. “They’re going to be waiting for Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and the minute I explain that their government wouldn’t let me bring Achmed on the stage—”
But Jeff Dunham had a solution to that, which Walter says, “almost got him arrested.”
Dunham explained, “So, not only does Achmed have to change his material, he has to change his appearance.”
Check out the video to see what kind of changes were made to Achmed.