Jeff Dunham's Ratings 'Whittled' By 55%
After garnering Comedy Central's biggest premiere ratings ever, the zany ventriloquism of The Jeff Dunham Show earned wooden numbers for its second episode. (His joke, not mine.) The show's low number (2.3 million viewers) on Thursday could owe itself to the World Series, but I'm prepared to make judgments based on the material alone. Where did Dunham's rib-tickling racism and rootin'-tootin' homophobia go wrong this week?
The problems began within the skit premises themselves. For instance, everyone knows that interacting with a Chinese doctor is not as hilarious as interacting with a Korean one. Where do these hacks get off? Plus, if you're going to use a scathingly dull French stereotype to sell a bunch of one-liners, you need to accompany them with mournful Parisian cafe music. Novices. This guy shows no promise of updating his act into the '09. And I do mean 1909. Guffaw!
Seriously, someone cancel this.