Branson ventriloquist Todd Oliver and his talking dog will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Van Buren High School Fine Arts Center.

Oliver’s performance will benefit 2017 Van Buren High School Project Graduation. Tickets will be $15 and can be purchased in advance at

Oliver is a nationally recognized comedian, ventriloquist and musician featuring Irving, America’s favorite real talking dog.

“Project Graduation was approached recently by Todd, who wanted to come to Van Buren to perform a show on one of his free weekends to help us out,” said Jackie Lemley, co-secretary of Project Graduation. “Several of our parents have watched him in Branson, said he was really funny and especially family friendly. We consider ourselves lucky that he called us.”

Lemley said Oliver’s show is family friendly, contemporary and original first class entertainment that has been awarded best comedy variety performance and best dinner show at the Branson All American Entertainment Awards banquet.

Oliver has had recent TV appearances that include top four finalist on America’s Got Talent, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Penn and Teller’s Sin City Sensational, The Oak Ridge Boys “Live in Las Vegas” and a couple of episodes of Walker Texas Ranger.

Clips from his show are available on YouTube.