Monday, July 23, 2012

Jeff Dunham at The KFC Yum! Center in Louisville

Last night, we attended Jeff Dunham's "Controlled Chaos" show here in Louisville.  While the show started a bit late (about 30 minutes, or so) it was well worth the wait.  We were seated in the floor section, about 13 rows from the stage, though with the giant circular screen (shown below, from my seat), there were likely no "bad seats".

Dunham, and his hilarious cast of characters, constantly showed an appreciation for local flavor, having a bit of fun with the pronunciation of "Louisville" (a local joke) which was well received by the very large crowd.   There was a lot of new material, much of it apparently from his new special and DVD coming up this fall called "Minding the Monsters".  The characters were in Halloween costume and that was the overall theme.  There was not that much of the "old standby" material (particularly from Achmed), but, let's face it, you can see all that stuff on YouTube - you pay money to see fresh material.

Achmed was in drag (his Halloween costume) which somewhat dulled the character (I'm a bit of an Achmed purist), but I found it hilarious, nonetheless.  The show started with Walter, who was in fine form last evening, and consisted of him, Bubba J, Peanut and Jose Jalepeno, and ended with Achmed.  Bubba J appeared to be the weakest and the Peanut/Jose segment was probably the strongest.  It was very entertaining and well worth the price of admission.

If he comes to your area, I'd highly recommend that you get tickets.

For me, however, one of the most exciting parts of the evening was the venue, The KFC Yum! Center.  This arena opened in the fall of 2010 as the new, $238 million home of the University of Louisville Cardinal Basketball Team.  I had not yet had the pleasure of visiting this new jewel, but it was well worth the wait.  What a spectacular place!

I really couldn't resist taking some iPhone pics of the place.  (No, I didn't even try to take any pics during the show; they asked that you not do so and I complied.)  Enjoy.


Anonymous said...

WOW! That is a beautiful venue.

I LOVE JEFF DUNHAM. I just discovered him a few months ago, believe it or not. Peanut is just brilliant!


Dale Weeks said...

Dunham delights in tweaking everyone through Peanut. Next to Achmed, he's my favorite.