Jeff Dunham's Animated Special ACHMED SAVES AMERICA to Premiere on CMT, 3/28
He is arguably the world's unlikeliest media star, a three-foot-tall skeletal puppet whose comedy specials have captured record-breaking television ratings and more than 200 million Youtube views, and who has appeared on-stage to sold-out audiences worldwide. Now, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the invention of top-grossing comedian Jeff Dunham, will be seen as never before in Achmed Saves America, his first animated special, which will be available in DVD and digital download on March 18, with its TV premiere March 28 on CMT.
"I thought the idea of creating an original story with Achmed, the ultimate inept bad guy, that actually celebrates America could be bitingly ironic and hold endless comedic possibilities," says Dunham, who co-wrote (along with The Simpsons' Michael Price), produced and lent his voices to the special. "What if Achmed found himself in the heartland of America bent on carrying out his evil plan, but then actually falls in love when he encounters everything that is distinctly American, like all-you-can-eat salad bars?"
Achmed Saves America brings together prime-time talents, including Tom Kenny (voice of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob), and was animated by and produced in association with Bento Box Entertainment, the award-winning production, content and technology company (Fox's Bob's Burgers, Comedy Central's Brickleberry, Hulu's The Awesomes and the Youtube series Glove and Boots).
"Animation is such a perfect medium for Achmed," Dunham continues. "I thought I had so many ways of making him come alive on-stage, but that is nothing compared to where he finds himself in this adventure. Just because you're dead doesn't mean you can't enjoy life!"