I am not one to read biographies or autobiographies. I’d rather watch the TV special. However, when Jeff published a book last year recounting his rise to comedic ventriloquist stardom, I was very tempted to buy it. Eventually, I broke down and bought the Kindle edition.
Jeff’s rise to fame was not overnight. He became fascinated with ventriloquism at a young age. Growing up in a Christian household, Jeff’s comedy act was safe for all ages and he frequently had jobs for corporations or schools. He had a goal of performing on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson within ten years of graduating from high school. He did accomplish his task, within a few months of the deadline. Jeff’s humor and even his characters are sprinkled throughout the book, making you laugh about this life story.
The history of his characters, his relationship with his parents, wife and kids are all explored. It seems as if there’s not too many stones left unturned in his life that we didn’t find out about. Jeff seems like a genuinely nice guy who worked hard to get where he ended up. I also tend to think that he had a ton of luck on his side.
If you like Jeff Dunham then that may not be enough alone to enjoy All By My Selves. It is an autobiography after all and not one of his routines. If you really want to learn more about Jeff then I highly suggest picking up All By My Selves. If you’re more into his comedy routine, then pick up one of his DVD’s.