Lunch & Laugh with the Comedy of Jim Barber and benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council too!

The Jim Barber comedy lunch show is playing through October 27th at the indoor Pavillion Theatre at the famous Shepherd of the Hills Attraction in Branson, Missouri.

Your meal includes: Garden Salad with fresh made Ranch Dressing, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Herbed Green Beans, Rolls, Texas Fudge Cake, and a drink.

LUNCH & SHOW TICKETS (Begins at 11:15 am – Tuesday thru Saturday)

  • $37.22 Adults (17+) – tax included
  • $24.37 Youth (4-16) – tax included



Enjoy a delicious lunch and be entertained by the creative comedy of internationally renowned ventriloquist Jim Barber and his wacky cast of characters!

Jim Barber is not only the Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council, but has been featured on many national television shows including the Late Show with David Letterman. He’s hosted USO shows around the world entertaining our Troops, and was voted the Campus Comedy Entertainer of the Year, having performed at over 2,000 colleges and universities across the United States. As a Branson headliner, he has shared the stage with many notables such as Glen Campbell, Eddie Rabbitt, The Osmonds, Tony Orlando, and many more!

Don’t miss this special opportunity to experience a fun show and delicious meal, and help raise funds for the Branson Regional Arts Council at the same time!

Have you ever wondered how ventriloquists like Darci Lynn (America’s Got Talent) and Jeff Dunham (Comedy Central) are able to “throw their voices” and make their puppets talk clearly without moving their lips? Well here is your chance to participate in a fun and educational ventriloquism workshop at the Historic Owen Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

Professional ventriloquist Jim Barber has agreed to personally teach this course as a fundraiser benefiting the Branson Regional Arts Council.

The workshop will be held over 3 Saturdays in March 2018, for a total of 9 hours of intensive education and technical training.

  • COST: $149 (per person, includes all 3 sessions)
  • DATE: Saturdays, March 17, 24, 31
  • TIME: 9am – 12pm (3 hours each session)


Jim will not only share his personal vocal techniques that he developed over his successful 40 year career, but he will also include an intensive overview of the official Maher Ventrilquist Studios Course of Ventriloquism, which has launched the careers of thousands of ventriloquists around the world since 1934.

Inclusion of this course is made possible by professional ventriloquist Tom Crowl, who owns and operates the famous Maher Studios.



Jim Barber’s unique blend of comedy, ventriloquism, and vocal music have taken him around the world as a featured entertainer for International corporate events, major cruise lines, and as host of USO shows for our military families stationed across the United States and in the Mediterranean.  Based in Branson, Missouri, Jim is now the Executive Director of the Arts Council and will be appearing in his own show at the Shepherd of the Hills Attraction in a remodeled, indoor theatre this summer. Throughout his career, Jim has shared stage and toured with many celebrities including Glen Campbell, The Osmonds, Tony Orlando, The Bellamy Brothers, Jim Stafford, Eddy Rabbitt, Yakov Smirnoff and many others. His unique act has been featured on many national television shows including the Late Show with David Letterman. Jim also serves as an advisor for Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell, KY. Vent Haven is the world’s largest museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism.

Chris E. Wallace, IOM, CCE, President TX Assoc. of Business – Jim Barber, IOM – Stephanie M. Parton, IOM, CAE, Winter Institute Board of Regents Chair

Jim Barber, IOM of Branson Regional Arts Council Graduates from Institute for Organization Management

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Jim Barber, IOM, Executive Director of the Branson Regional Arts Council, has graduated from the program and has received the recognition of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute program, the IOM Graduate Recognition signifies the individual’s completion of 96 hours of course instruction in nonprofit management. In addition, participants can earn credit hours toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) certifications. Nearly 1,000 individuals attend Institute annually. 

“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.” 

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively. 

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future. #IOMeducates @IOMeducates