Ventriloquists, once the darlings of vaudeville, fell out of popularity for decades until stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham brought them back with a vengeance. Dunham is famous for throwing his voice into the mouths of a collection of puppet pals in a decidedly politically incorrect fashion. Among his alter egos are Achmed the dead terrorist, José Jalapeño on a Stick, redneck Bubba J, and goofy, purple-skinned Peanut. Dunham brings his new act, Passively Aggressive, to the Santa Ana Star Center (3001 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Tickets start at $50.25, with platinum seating available. Call 888-694-4849 or go to santaanastarcenter.com.