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Topic: Jeff Dunham's clip: 4th most viewed viral Web video
Message: Posted by: stevezany (May 28, 2009 05:04AM)
Hi All,

Saw this online at http://www.shockink.com. Thought you'd find it of interest. Quite impressive, to say the least...


JEFF DUNHAM’S ACHMED CLIP IS FOURTH ALL-TIME MOST VIEWED VIRAL VIDEO

Internet Popularity Increases in Leaps & Bounds On YouTube, MySpace & Facebook

(Los Angeles) Jeff Dunham continues to triumph as a comedy and Internet phenomenon on the just-released “100 Million Views Club” that lists the most-viewed videos ever on the web, as tracked by online video view measurement firm Visible Measures. His Achmed the Dead Terrorist clip is rated at #4 in unique views with 196.5 million worldwide views.

The popularity of Dunham’s clip also attests to the fervency of his fan support. It’s the only “user generated” video in the list’s Top 10 that was placed online and distributed and promoted by fans rather than an entertainment company. It is also the only comedy clip in the Top 10 viral videos and only one of two comedy clips with more than 1 million views.

To date Dunham has racked up more than 400 million Internet views of his online clips. His Achmed clip is the fifth most viewed ever on YouTube as well as the second most popular video that viewers have added as a favorite, and Dunham also boasts two of the all-time most favorited YouTube videos. His YouTube popularity led the site to recently strike a content partnership deal with Dunham (alongside similar content partnerships with Amazon.com and iTunes that are a result of his immense popularity with consumers). The recently bowed official Dunham YouTube channel already boasts 18 million views.

His online fan community has also grown rapidly in recent months. Since the beginning of the year Dunham seen a 150% leap in Facebook fans from 560,000 to 1.4 million, becoming Top 30 among all celebrities and public figures. On MySpace, where Dunham is the #1 comedian, he has enjoyed a 70% increase in friends so far this year and has also racked up 7.7 million video views on the site.

Dunham’s appeal and the efforts by his fans to help promote his routines with his hilarious cast of comedic characters have made the comedy auteur one of the most popular entertainers on the planet. To date his three DVDs — “Arguing With Myself,” “Spark Of Insanity” and “A Very Special Christmas Special” — have amassed worldwide sales of an astounding four million plus copies collectively. The Dunham holiday special drew a record 6.6 million viewers when it debuted on Comedy Central last November to become the most-watched show ever on the channel.

The comedian also continues to prove himself the king of contemporary comedy on the road, having recently returned from a triumphant tour of Europe. He continues his North American tour, which regularly sells out large theaters and arenas and is expected to gross $45 million. And in addition to his popularity on the Internet, DVD, TV, CD, in live performance and sales of his merchandise, Dunham will join the literary world with the publication of his first book later this year.
Message: Posted by: Joseph_Then (May 29, 2009 03:27AM)
And Susan Boyle is the 5th!

Maybe Susan's video should be ranked as the FASTEST rising video.