'The Jeff Dunham Show'
8 p.m. Thursday on Comedy Central
I've always felt that ventriloquism was a lost art for a reason. Blame it on an evil-dummy episode of "Fantasy Island" that I saw at an impressionable age, but I don't enjoy comics with clenched jaws and bobbing Adam's apples. Especially when they're not funny.
I may well be alone in my prejudice. "America's Got Talent," after all, validated the craft with its first prize. Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is the top-grossing standup act in North America, a legend in Las Vegas, and a Comedy Central favorite - his Christmas special last year drew 6.6 million viewers.
I ask you all: Why?
In this new series, Dunham puts his mannequins in situations with real people. His characters include Sweet Daddy Dee, Jose Jalapeno on a Stick, Achmed the Dead Terrorist . . . You see where I'm going with this. I won't spoil the first episode for you, except to reveal that there are gay jokes, bathroom jokes, racist jokes, and a bit that will surely be offensive to White Trash Americans.
Oh, and a cameo by Brooke Hogan.
At best, you won't laugh. At worst, you will weep for the half hour you have lost and destroy all the puppets in your home.