Stand-up comedian and ventriloquist who became the first person to win the Ventriloquist of the Year Award twice in 2008. His Christmas special, A Very Special Christmas Special, was the most-watched telecast in Comedy Central history when it premiered in 2008.
He was adopted by the real estate appraiser Howard Dunham and his wife Joyce when he was three months old. He began his ventriloquist career when they gave him a Mortimer Snerd dummy for his 8th Christmas.
He began satirizing terrorism in the early 2000s with a dummy called Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and the routine sketch video had over 200 million views by 2009.
He married Paige Brown, whom he had three daughters with, on May 19, 1994, and divorced her in May 2010. He married his second wife Audrey Murdick in 2012. They welcomed twin boys named James and Jack on May 14, 2015.
In 2009 he was listed as the third-highest paid comedian after Jerry Seinfeld, and was called "America's Favorite Comedian" by Slate.com.