Achmed the Dead Terrorist
Jeff dunham
Name Achmed the Dead Terrorist
Type Human (deceased)
Debut Spark of Insanity
Other Appearances Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special
The Jeff Dunham Show (All episodes)
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos

Achmed is the skeletal corpse of an incompetent suicide bomber. He is used by Dunham to satirize the contemporary issue of terrorism. He is known for yelling, "Silence! I keel you!" to Dunham and people in the audience who laugh at him (or laugh with him, as he rarely makes the distinction). Achmed first appeared in Spark of Insanity, and later made an appearance in the Very Special Christmas Special, singing a song called "Jingle Bombs". Most of the humor Dunham expresses with Achmed centers on this motif. When mentioning that Achmed appears to be dead because he's a skeleton, Achmed responds, "It's a flesh wound." When Dunham inquires as to how he died, Achmed explains his incompetence with explosives, however in the song "Jingle Bombs" he claimed he was shot 'in the ass' however this may have just been a side joke about how Achmed Is awful at his job and not a cause of death. while also casting aspersions on Dunham's sexual prowess, by saying that they both suffer from "premature detonation." Although he frequently mentions working for Osama Bin Laden, Achmed claims he doesn't think he's a Muslim ("look at my ass! It says 'Made in China'"). A running gag - although this may or may not be on purpose - is that Achmed's feet keep getting turned around mid-act. He is also terrified of Walter who scares the crap out of him. Achmed had 46 wives and had Achmed, Jr. with his 42nd. It revealed what cause his accident was when was putting gasoline in his scooter.

As of June 2009, the sketch in which Dunham introduced Achmed is the fourth most watched online video ever, having amassed nearly 200 million views.


  • When Achmed first appeared he had a much longer beard.
  • The first version of Achmed was actually meant to be Osama Bin Laden, made after Letterman and Leno were joking about whether Osama was dead or alive.