Comedian and hugely successful ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is set to marry his girlfriend of two years, fitness model Audrey Murdick. He announced the news last night onstage in Columbus, OH at the Nationwide Arena, telling his fans he popped the question to Murdick on Christmas Day.
Dunham, 49, then reconfirmed his intentions today on Twitter, excitedly writing about his 31-year-old bride to be: “Hey everyone! On Christmas Day, @AudreyMurdick & I got engaged! Big date TBA…”
Soon after, Murdick (pictured to the right) made her own announcement: “… @JeffDunham and I got engaged!! Yay!! Big date TBA. I’m so happy & excited…”
This will be Dunham’s second bride. He split from wife Paige Brown after 14 years of marriage and began dating Murdick in 2009, who is also his nutritionist. Dunham has three daughters – Bree, Ashlyn and Kenna – from his first marriage.
The news of his engagement to Murdick caps off yet another giant year for the comedian. In September, his fourth comedy special Controlled Chaos premiered to 5.5 million viewers on Comedy Central, which made it the highest-rated stand-up special of the year. And just last month, Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy premiered on the Biography Channel to 1.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched telecast for the network of all time.