Dummy and Dummier

People snicker at Jeff Dunham's distinction of being the only person crowned Ventriloquist of the Year twice by the International Ventriloquist Association. After all, talking dummies are what your parents used to watch for fun. But by the end of a recent appearance on Late Show With David Letterman, it was clear that this wasn't your father's ventriloquist act. "A lot of Americans are concerned, because they think too many Mexicans are coming here and taking American jobs," Dunham tells his dummy, Jalapeño. "That's not true," replies Jalapeño. "If we want American jobs, we go to India." Another dummy, named Walter, sneers at the idea of terrorists hiding bombs in bottles of Pert. "That's pretty funny," he quips. "Like those people use shampoo."
Sun., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.