Canine ventriloquist show coming to Central Lakes College on March 25

Ventriloquist show includes live dogs.

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Ventriloquist Todd Oliver is bringing his show "Canine Conversations" to Chalberg Theater on March 25, 2022.
Contributed / Central Lakes College

BRAINERD — Ventriloquist Todd Oliver will bring his dog, Irving, to the John Chalberg Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, March 25, as part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s resumed spring season.

The event is billed as a family friendly evening of comedy, music and magic.

Center Director Patrick Spradlin called Oliver’s appearance a unique addition to the performing arts series season.

“We’ve presented all kinds of talent on our stages, but nothing like this,” Spradlin said in a news release. “Oliver is world-class, as is Irving, his Boston terrier companion. As an owner of Bostons, I’m really looking forward to hearing what that breed has to say."

Using ventriloquism, Oliver will give Irving a voice to give the audience a look at how dogs see life.


Oliver grew up loving dogs, ventriloquism, music and magic. As a young boy, he studied piano, guitar, voice and the variety arts. Along the way, he created some wooden-headed characters and performed around the world. Oliver will also introduce the audience to a bunny named Alice and three birds.

Todd Oliver and Friends have been a feature on the "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," the "Today" show, a couple episodes of "Walker, Texas Ranger," and in 2012, they were a top four finalist on "America’s Got Talent."

A major draw for many years on Showboats in Branson, Missouri, and Nashville, Tennessee, as well as other major entertainment venues, Oliver is now touring and bringing his brand of clean family fun to towns across America.

Spradlin said, “Todd Oliver’s humor is situational and contemporary, and above all, clean and family friendly. It will be a night that makes you feel good and leaves you wondering, ‘How do those funny dogs talk?’”

Tickets and information for Todd Oliver are available on the CLCPAC website,, and by phone at 218-855-8199.

This production is made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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