Jeff Dunham, Canada Needs You Right Now!

I watch a fair amount of national politics. I enjoy the drama, and like keeping up with issues that occupy Canada’s politicians. 

One night, long after the drama was over and the policians had gone home, I was flipping through the channels when I landed on the Comedy network during one of Jeff Dunham’s specials.  For anyone who doesn’t know him, Jeff Dunham is a ventriloquist.  Describing his characters – Walter, Achmed, Bubba J, and Peanut -- U.S. news magazine Time observes, "All of them are politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered.”

As I watched Jeff Dunham perform, it suddenly struck me how much Canada’s current Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, resembles Dunham’s dummies.  Mr. Harper’s overconfident style in the House of Commons seems to fit in with their personas as well:  Outspoken, never at a loss for for words, and he doesn’t have a problem expressing them to an audience.  What’s more, I could easily hear Jeff Dunham saying “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my good friend, Stephen.” 

Could it be . . . ?  Is it possible . . . ?

Stephen Harper has been Prime Minister since 2006, and he doesn’t strike me as very funny.  In his early life I imagine him being disgruntled doing comedy with Jeff.  On one of Dunham’s first Canadian tours Harper must have stolen away, reached Calgary, was elected, and has been hiding in plain sight in Ottawa ever since.   

So, Jeff, if you lost a ventriloquist doll early in your career, during a Canadian tour, there he is.  Please do everyone up here a favour and collect him.  Since the Parliamentary session is over, you’ll probably find him in Calgary southwest.

Don’t believe Stephen Harper could be one of Jeff Dunham’s dolls?  Check out the striking similarity in these faces, and see for yourself.




Jose Jalapeno on a stick


Sweet Daddy Dee


Bubba J

Stephen Harper

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Dec 16, 2012