Ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham brings his "Identity Crisis" tour to the Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday.
Dunham has been called "America's favorite comedian" by slate.com, and the concert industry publication Pollstar says he is the top-grossing standup act in North America.
Credited with reviving ventriloquism and doing more to promote the art form than anyone since Edgar Bergen, Dunham began performing for audiences as a teenager, in various venues such as school, church, and during his job at Six Flags. By his middle school years, he began to perform for banquets attended by local celebrities such as Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach.
By the time he was in college, he was regularly flying around the country on weekends to perform private shows for customers such as General Electric, whose CEO, Jack Welch, he mocked during his routine. Dunham got his big break in 2003, when he made his first solo appearance on Comedy Central.
Dunham enlivens his edgy (and sometimes controversial) comedy with the use of several characters embodied by puppets. He is known for lampooning the specific audience for which he performs, and will sometimes use the puppets to say things too risqué to say by himself.
Jeff Dunham takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $47.50 to $58.35 and are available at www.ticketmas ter.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Adult-themed drama comes to Charleston
The Contemporary Youth Arts Company will continue its world premiere performances of the new Dan Kehde drama "Easier than the Truth" tonight, Friday and Saturday at the WVSU Capitol Center Theater in Charleston.
The adult-themed drama stars Nik Tidquist, Donnie Smith, Mandy Harper, Maddy Gourevitch, Kim Waybright, Samantha Oxley and Austin Susman in a story of the dissolution of an American family following the tragic death of their 15-year-old son.
The performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or by reservation. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 304-342-6522.
Bluegrass band set for Opry House show
Charleston-based bluegrass band Hominy Falls plays the Mountaineer Opry House on Saturday.
Founded when area musicians Will Price (bass guitar, fiddle) and John Johnson (guitar, autoharp and vocals) decided to make a recording of original Christmas music to benefit the Secret Santa in Kanawha and Boone Counties, Hominy Falls is the continuation of the group assembled for those sessions.
Also including Roy Mayes on mandolin and fiddle, Hominy Falls blends bluegrass with early country and gospel to cover a wide range of material.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children age 12 and under. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the venue; no alcohol will be served or allowed. For more information, call 304-743-5749, go to www.reverbnation.com/hominyfalls, or go to www.mountaineeropry.com.
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