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Not Jeff's best work
on 19 March 2013
Having seen all of Jeff's previous work, and given the fact that my partner is a fan, to say that I enjoy Jeff's irreverent, sometimes borderline controversial humour would be a little understated.
Controlled Chaos is Jeff's most recent outing and I am sad to say that it is not his best, in fact, not even close to his previous work.
Its starts with his usual stand-up set piece which in all honesty is not his true calling. Perhaps as an English viewer I find his humour in this part a little, "American"; in that it's quite obvious and literal. On this DVD the opening charts his life as a ventriloquist, and I must say, although a little history of a person you like is usually enjoyable, this came across as a bit sad really; it made the larger than life ventriloquist seem all too real (typical suburban American middle class kid) It also didn't add anything to the act; it.didn't lead you in.
His performance then moves on at it's usual pace through the characters he uses. But for me he had lost his energy, he seemed drained of inspiration. I felt that many of the sections were strung out and didn't really offer much new material. Indeed, many of the jokes were recycled and slightly reworded. Maybe this was due to his marriage breaking down which he mentions in the beginning , maybe it was recorded on a bad night, who knows.... But it wasn't the Jeff Dunham I remember from earlier DVD releases.
All this is a great shame as Jeff still remains the best ventriloquist I have seen. And he is a true doctor of his art, and this comes out now and again as he can still wow the audience with vocal gymnastics and brilliant humour. Sadly these moments are few and far between in Controlled Chaos and it doesn't flow. In true Jeff Dunham style though, Peanut still remains the best act, that one at least was enjoyable.
If you are new to Jeff I probably wouldn't recommend this as a showcase of his talent. If you are a returning fan, it's worth a watch if nothing else.