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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BY POPULAR DEMAND: COMEDY SENSATION JEFF DUNHAM RETURNING TO EAA
Top-drawing star is longtime EAA member and helicopter builder; 2009
performance again presented by RotorWay International
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (Feb. 11, 2009) - In 2008,
Jeff Dunham and his wild cast of characters had a record-setting
performance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Because of the overwhelming
success of that appearance, RotorWay International is bringing Dunham -
an EAA member, aircraft builder and pilot - back to Oshkosh in 2009!
Dunham will be appearing at the event on Saturday evening,
August 1. The 57th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, "The World's
Greatest Aviation Celebration," takes place at Wittman Regional Airport
on July 27-August 2.
Thousands of comedy fans have enjoyed Dunham's performances in
concert, plus tens of millions more have laughed through his DVD, online
and television appearances. In Oshkosh, Dunham will be performing among
kindred spirits, an audience of aviation enthusiasts.
"Jeff Dunham brought down the house at AirVenture's Theater in
the Woods in 2008, as a record crowd estimated at 10,000 enjoyed his
unique talents," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture
chairman. "Jeff has a special connection with all of us at Oshkosh
because he builds and flies his own RotorWay helicopter. He's back
because of the great experience he had last year, and his performance is
a highlight of AirVenture's evening programs which certainly shouldn't
The DVDs of Dunham's performances have sold more than 2 million
copies in little more than three years, and most of his national tour
dates have sold out well in advance. His video clips on You Tube have
drawn an estimated 100 million views worldwide and no less an authority
as Tonight Show host Jay Leno has called Dunham, "The best there is."
In late 2008, Dunham's Christmas special was a huge hit on Comedy
Central. He had previewed some of that material to the audience at last
year's AirVenture appearance.
"As we all discovered in 2008, Jeff Dunham's comedy and his own
aviation interest are a perfect fit for the thousands of flying
enthusiasts at EAA AirVenture," said Grant Norwitz, chief executive
officer of RotorWay International. "Jeff has long been a member of the
Rotorway builders' family, and he was eager to get back to Oshkosh in
2009. We're proud to bring him and his colorful cast of characters such
as Walter, Peanut, Achmed and others back to 'aviation's family reunion'
at Oshkosh this year!"
A video clip of Dunham's performance at EAA AirVenture is
available under the 2008 event highlights at
Jeff Dunham's performance and all EAA evening programs at
Theater in the Woods are included with regular AirVenture admission,
which is available in advance at www.airventure.org. More information
on Dunham, his comedy and his cast of characters is available at
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation
Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA
AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available
online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on
admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call
1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.
EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution images of Dunham's 2008 appearance at
Oshkosh are available at