Annie Barrett
March 23, 2009 AT 02:36 PM EDT

The highest-grossing standup in North America, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, has signed an all-encompassing deal with Comedy Central that includes a series order, another standup special, a DVD release, and merchandising, reports Variety. Dunham’s 2008 standup special was the most-watched show in the cable net’s history. Production for six episodes of a comedy series is scheduled to begin this summer, for an early 2009 air date.

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