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november, 2022

19nov(nov 19)7:30 pm20(nov 20)9:00 pmTodd Oliver’s The Funniest Night of Your Life @ Cactus Theater

Event Details

Cactus Theater
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue

Saturday, November 19th
7:30pm, doors @ 6:50pm


Sunday, November 20th
2pm, doors @ 1:30pm

Tickets: – Saturday – Sunday

All Floor  & Standard Balcony: $20
Limited balcony box (includes concessions): $40

Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused tickets.

Box office hours:
Monday-Friday:  3:00 – 5:30pm
Saturday:  Open 1 hour before scheduled shows
Sunday:  Open 1 hour before scheduled shows


When somebody asks “How did you decide to be a ventriloquist?” Todd Oliver has an unusual answer.
“As a kid, I was infatuated with those little wooden-headed dummies! They can get away with saying things everyone is thinking and they always have a charming way to make it funny.”

“I was 10 years old when I received my first ventriloquist dummy on Christmas morning. Three days later my father died from cancer. That little ventriloquist dummy helped me deal with my loss and sadness. I also discovered that this little character could make other people happy too.”

Todd grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and went to the library and read everything he could find on
ventriloquism, magic and show business. He started out as a volunteer and did his act for free.

“I would take city buses to nursing homes, hospitals and schools. I carried my dummy in a suitcase and folks thought I was running away from home! On the other hand, the audience is a great teacher and I got a great education!”

After high school, Todd toured schools, clubs, did one-nighters,
and went around the world on cruise ships. Then came 20 years on showboats in Nashville, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri. Needing to constantly offer something new to audiences, Todd came up with an idea that changed his life.

“One day, I was looking at my dog and thought, I bet you would have a lot to say if you could talk,” Todd says.

Seven months later, Todd’s Boston Terrier “Irving” premiered as America’s real talking dog! Then came Hollywood agents and a bunch of national TV appearances including: David Letterman’s “Ventriloquist Week”, two appearances on The Tonight Show, two on The Today Show, Late Night with Craig Ferguson, two Walker Texas Ranger episodes, and in 2012, Todd and Irving were a Top 4 finalist on America’s Got Talent. Now touring, Todd is living his childhood dream playing theaters across the country.

“I’ve been very blessed. TV is great fun, but a ventriloquist makes his living doing shows. Making families laugh together is the goal. My best memories are those of me and my family all laughing together. I want to make that happen for families across America,” Todd says.


19 (Saturday) 7:30 pm - 20 (Sunday) 9:00 pm