Dunham ticket sales start Friday

Jeff Dunham (with Walter) .

VERONA — Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the Thursday, July 11 show of comedian Jeff Dunham, and his entourage of signature characters. It’s in the Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Event Center at 8 p.m. as part of the Disorderly Conduct Tour.

Tickets are $50, $40, and $35 from the Turning Stone box office at 361-7469 or through Ticketmaster.

The man Time Magazine calls "the most popular comedian in the United States," Jeff Dunham was named top-grossing live comedy act in the world in 2009 and 2010 by Pollstar, the concert industry trade magazine. He has sold-out stadium-sized shows across three continents, his television specials and series have been the highest rated programming in Comedy Central history, and his videos have received a half a billion views on You Tube.

Dunham’s fascination with ventriloquism began at age 8. It was his parents who gave their son a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy and an accompanying instructional record album.

By the time he was 10, he was performing anywhere he could find an audience. After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Los Angeles and soon became a sensation on the national comedy club circuit. Multiple performances on comedy shows followed, as well as frequent guest appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Dunham’s characters have taken on a life of their own, each with their own fans. From Walter, the grumpy retiree, to Bubba J, and the furry and manic Peanut, all conceived and hand crafted by Dunham.

On the net: www.JeffDunham.com