Jeff Dunham became the second ventriloquist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday.
“This is absolutely fantastic,” Dunham said.
Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno and comedian Howie Mandel were among those joining Dunham at the ceremony in front of the Eastown apartment complex on Hollywood Boulevard.
The star is the 2,619th since the initial completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars, which included three for Edgar Bergen, the other ventriloquist honored.
Dunham holds the Guinness world record for most tickets sold for a stand- up comedy tour – nearly 2 million for his “Spark of Insanity” tour which played in 386 venues from Sept. 13, 2007-Aug. 21, 2010.
The ceremony came nine days after his latest special, “Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster,” began streaming on Netflix.
Dunham has also made frequent appearances on “The Tonight Show.”.
Dunham’s sidekicks include the elderly curmudgeon Walter, the spicy pepper José Jalapeño … on a Steek and the NASCAR-loving redneck Bubba J. Dunham was born in Dallas and introduced to ventriloquism when he was 8 years old, when his parents gave him a Mortimer Snerd dummy as a Christmas present.