Jim Barber, with a background in musical comedy, combines ventriloquism with a multi-octave singing voice and numerous characters. He has performed his one-man show at over 2000 colleges and hundreds of corporate dates throughout the United States and in 15 foreign countries.He has performed in Branson with musical legend Glen Campbell, The Osmonds and Tony Orlando as well as countless others. He has multiple television appearances including his own daily TV show. He has won the Campus Comedy Entertainer of the Year, The Ventriloquist of the Year among his numerous awards and he is AFFORDABLY PRICED.
His refreshing approach to comedy and his incredible vocal skills have earned him the reputation as one of the most original young talents performing today, not only on stage but also in the voice-over recording market with his multi-octave singing voice and wide-range of characters.
Growing up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Jim first began performing for audiences at the age of eleven. He discovered the theatre while a student in high school, winning several state one-act play competitions. He continued his acting experience at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he earned hi BA degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis on Broadcasting and Theatre.
Before graduating, 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 over 1500 colleges and universities nationwide.
In addition to appearances at various comedy clubs, hotels, conventions, corporate and industrial shows and fairs, he was featured on the General Jackson Showboat at Opryland U.S.A in Nashville. His Armed Forces tours have taken him across the United States and to fifteen foreign countries.
Jim has won numerous awards including Campus Comedy Entertainer of the Year by the National Association of Campus Activities. Twice he has garnered the coveted award of International Ventriloquist of the Year. Showtime named him the “Funniest Person in Tennessee.”
Currently, Jim is the featured comedian at the Goodtime Theatre in Branson, Missouri, where he performs with Glen Campbell and Eddie Rabbitt. Among Jim’s numerous tours, he has also had the pleasure of opening on stage for such well-known entertainers as Reba McEntire, Roy Clark, Crystal Gayle, Roger Miller, Louise Mandrell, The Forester Sisters, The Temptations, Charlies Pride, Tony Orlando, The Osmonds, The Belemy Brothers, Rich Little, Mickey Gilley, The Statler Brothers, Jim Stafford and many others.
His television credits include A&E’s Carolines Comedy Hour, Comedy on the Road, as well as appearances on the Nashville Network’s Music City Tonight and The Statler Brother’s Show, Fox’s Comic Strip Live, and the syndicated Vicki Lawrence Show. Most recently Jim served as a co-host of the national 1995 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for MDA.