When you think of flatware, ventriloquism doesn’t usually come to mind but, when you team up with Jeff Dunham anything can happen!
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is a global comedy superstar. He has hosted his own stand-up special, Unhinged in Hollywood on NBC, made many cameo appearances in television series and films and his autobiography, All By My Selves Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me, landed Dunham on the New York Times’ Best Seller for list three weeks in a row.
Dunham who is an avid memorabilia collector recently set out in search of a flatware manufacturer that could help him create his own line of flatware featuring his main characters.
His idea was inspired by Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen who came to fame circa the mid 1930s. As it turns out, Dunham is the owner of a collectible flatware set featuring Bergen’s dummy, Charlie.
Dunham started his search overseas, only to be disappointed by the poor quality of craftsmanship. But soon enough he reached out to our Sherrill Manufacturing team and we we’re happy to help! The result, a unique partnership that created a new memorabilia flatware collection made in the U.S.A.
The Jeff Dunham flatware set features all five of Dunham’s crazy characters, each displayed on a different item within the five piece place setting.
The flatware design was created by Eric Lawrence, Sherrill Manufacturing Manager of Tooling and Design.
Lawrence has been working closely with Dunham’s team for the past two years to create the perfect set. In order to get the pattern just right, he tooled each design by hand.
Once he finished tooling the prototype he brought it to Dunham during his previous show in Syracuse, N.Y.
It was there that Lawrence was able to meet with Dunham and got his approval to create the flatware! Dunham seemed to be in awe of the design. “He was really amazed that the detail was so small and he was impressed that the design was done by hand,” said Lawrence.
The Jeff Dunham character 5 piece flatware set is $40 and makes the perfect gift for that comedy obsessed someone! It’s available now at the Jeff Dunham store.
Dunham’s new national tour, Passive Aggressive kicks off at the end of the month. He’ll also be making a stop in Syracuse, N.Y. on Thursday, March 14th. Tickets for the show are on sale now and available through Ticketmaster.
To see a full list of Dunham’s tour show dates click here.