Ventriloquist Jim Barber & Friends



Jim Barber’s refreshingly unique approach to the art of ventriloquism and his incredible vocal skills have earned him the reputation as one of the most original talents performing today. He presents a show unlike any your group has witnessed before, with ingenious comical characters, toe-tapping music and hilarious audience participation!

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Jim Stafford Dinner Show
AdultChild (4-12)

Call Box Office (417) 334-4191 for questions. Please note: This is NOT a dinner show. 

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Professional Comedian-Ventriloquist, Jim Barber, has been “throwing his voice” around Branson stages for many years. He’s shared the spotlight with many music legends. 

In 2021, Jim is excited to bring his wacky cast of characters with special guests to the Shepherd of the Hills Playhouse Theatre. 

Make advanced reservations for your group, family, or friends to enjoy the unique comedy of Jim Barber amongst the spectacular scenic beauty of The Shepherd of the Hills!


Before graduating college at the University of Minnesota, Jim combined his theatrical, comedic, musical, and production skills to create a unique Minneapolis-based daily television show which he produced and co-hosted for nearly two years. This led to the development of his one-man comedy show which he has performed at approximately 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

After a smashing three year run at the Glen Campbell Goodtime Show in Branson, Missouri, Jim went on to be the featured comedian for the Osmond Family Theater and eventually his very own venue, the Hamner Barber Theater, with illusionists The Hamners. In 2013, the artists celebrated their 10th and final season of their popular magical variety show.

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Among Jim’s numerous tours, he has had the pleasure of performing on stage with such well-known entertainers as Glen Campbell, Yakov Smirnoff, Tony Orlando, Roy Clark, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gale, Debbie Reynolds, Vince Gill, Captain and Tennille, Roger Miller, Louise Mandrell, The Bellamy Brothers, The Temptations, The Osmonds, Wayne Newton, Famous People Players, Little Anthony & The Imperials and many others.


Jim has received numerous honors including the Merlin Award for “Ventriloquist of the Year” by the International Magicians Society, “Campus Comedy Entertainer of the Year” by the National Association of Campus Activities, as well as earning the Association’s nomination for Entertainer of the Year five years in a row! He has also garnered the coveted “International Ventriloquist of the Year” and Showtime The Movie Channel named him the “Funniest Person in Tennessee.”

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