Barber's refreshingly unique approach to the art of musical comedy and his
incredible vocal skills have earned him the reputation as one of the most original talents
He is amazing not only on stage for national corporate events and
international resorts, but also in the voice-over recording market with his multi-octave
singing voice and wide-range of characters of all types.
Jim was the featured comedian in the
Glen Campbell Goodtime Show
in Branson, Missouri for three years and continues to
perform with Glen at various events nationwide. He has also appeared with
Brothers, The Forester Sisters, Roger Miller, Louise
Mandrell, The Statler
Brothers, Eddie Rabbitt, The Temptations and
many, many others.
Winner of numerous awards, including the
National Association of Campus Activities Association's Comedy Entertainer of the Year, International Ventriloquist of the Year, and Showtime the Movie Channel's Funniest Person in Tennessee, Jim is no dummy. He never gives a wooden performance because he knows the business of being funny.
What makes Jim's performances stand out from the ordinary is his clever incorporation of traditional theatrical and magical principals to create an
unforgettable evening of
Ever the master of the
moment, Jim Barber tickles the fancy of audiences who applaud his ability to adapt and ad-lib, turning natural sounds into "supernatural" sounds.
In addition to appearances at various comedy clubs, hotels, conventions, corporate and industrial shows and fairs, he was featured for two seasons on the General Jackson Showboat at Opryland U.S.A. in Nashville. He has
performed in every state in the U.S. except Hawaii, but his grass skirt is packed and
ready to go!
Jim Barber has won numerous awards including Campus Comedy Entertainer
of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities as well as earning
the Association's nomination for Campus Entertainer of the Year!
From the operatic tones of Seville, to his
funny infant Baby, to the charming Chihuahua Chico Pete, Jim Barber is an utter genius when it comes to creating the perfect conversation pieces - characters that come alive with a special magic.
Marc Nelson of the
Richard De La Font Agency
with Jim Barber
How does he do it? His lips are sealed! As one of the most sought-after performers in the country,
Jim Barber has proven his talent for carrying the show, whether on the main stage, in an intimate setting, or acting as emcee. When he starts throwing his voice around, watch out! He really packs a punch, leaving his audience sore from laughter with his knockout performance.
Jim Barber always makes a strong impression.
Complimentary word of mouth follows him wherever he goes, and it's not just hearsay. As a genuine audience pleaser, he knows the importance of getting everybody into the act and a lot of laughs come with the cooperation of on-stage volunteers. Puppets or people, everyone participates in his phonetic fun.
In show after show, Jim Barber earns amazing accolades, the kind that are measured in loopy laughter, wild applause and standing
ovations. Audiences everywhere are vocal in their appreciation for the one ventriloquist who is
a veritable virtuoso. Jim Barber is the kind of act that leaves everyone talking... and that should be music to your ears!
What others say about Jim Barber...
Country Fresh Dairies:
"I have only one word to describe Jim Barber
& Seville, and that is fantastic! I am so happy that you convinced me
to use Jim because he made our award banquets the best ever! Our employees are still
talking about it. We like Jim because he has shown us that you can
still get super clean, all-American types of entertainment."
-- William O. Reynolds, Director of Human Resources
Associated General Contractors of South Dakota,
"Thanking you and congratulating you on your
performance at our Annual Convention is easy...you were just great! You
are highly professional your ventriloquism is as good as I've seen the
various voice impersonations are excellent your personality is terrific you
really relate to the audience. Those in attendance have confirmed my opinion
everyone enjoyed the show!"
-- James R. Keyes, Executive Director
Quad City Times:
"Jim Barber is the best
ventriloquist I've ever seen. He cleverly made his entrance as the dummy, being carried
out by the real dummy and ended singing the beautiful "Bring Him Home" from
"Les Miserables," with a baby dummy singing along. Sounds awful, but it was
beautiful and very clever."
-- Shirley Davis
Music Country News:
"Adding even more smiles to those who visit
the 2200 seat Goodtime Theatre is ventriloquist/comedian Jim Barber.
Running for president on the 'Dummycrat' ticket, Barber and his partner Seville provide
humor that is both timely and suited to Branson crowds, who like their comedy clean."
-- Brian H. Seitz
The Unofficial Guide to Branson, Missouri:
"This may be one of the surprise hits in
town. Comedian/Ventriloquist Jim Barber, whose routine combines grand
opera, double-dummy voicing, contortionism and audience-participation 'Karaoke'
really, more ventriloquism is the best change-up performer in town!"
-- Eve Zibart and Bob Sehlinger, Macmillan Travel
The Kentucky Post:
"Jim Barber and Seville, his
opera-singing alter ego, opened the 17th annual Ventriloquist Convention
Wednesday with a one-man, multi-personality show that drew the audience to its
feet again and again!"
-- Peggy Kreimer
The Ventriloquist's Guild Journal:
"One of the most outstanding entertainers
I've ever seen perform ventriloquism is Jim Barber. This unassuming
gentleman is a fireball of zaniness on stage. Barber's one-man variety show is filled with
fun and has made him one of the most sought-after acts in the field."
-- John Arvites
Jim Barber may be available for your next special event!
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Born: ..in South Dakota / born nSouthDakota
Based: ..in Missouri / based nMissouri
..in Branson / based