It is no surprise that ventriloquist Jeff Dunham needs two dressing rooms to accommodate him and his “suitcase gang” of dummies. But Dunham--who banks a whopping $200,000 per show--only asks for his backstage rooms to be stocked with bottles of water, sugar-free Red Bull, and lime-flavored Perrier.
You would think that a guy who earns his keep by lodging his hands in puppet bums would want some liquor in his system before going on stage.
As excerpted here, Dunham’s rider also includes a show schedule detailing assorted video, sound, and lighting cues. Because nobody wants characters like “Jose the Pepper” and “Achmed the Dead Terrorist” to accidentally disappear into the shadows. (3 pages)