Ventriloquist Taylor Mason is returning for an encore performance as part of the Father John’s LIVE! entertainment series Saturday in the historic sanctuary of the former Methodist church in downtown Bryan.

“I’m looking forward to my return engagement with Father John’s,” said the entertainer, who made a stop there last winter. “I’ll be flying into Bryan International Airport — and House of Pancakes — sometime Saturday and I can’t wait to ‘hit the boards’ again at Bryan’s greatest live entertainment venue!”

Mason, who received national attention as a grand winner on “Star Search” in the 1990s, has since solidified his notoriety as a comedian, musician, actor, writer and ventriloquist.

He’s always revamping his act and adding new characters such as life-size sumo wrestler puppets, Paco the Pig, and Romeo, as well as expanding his routines to reach new audiences for a completely new show.

“His reputation precedes him,” explained Stacie Dosch of Father John’s. “Despite a Level 2 snow alert, guests braved the cold, and Taylor performed to a sold out audience (last season).”

She went on to say one woman bought tickets to the show as soon as they went on sale and drove three hours from Michigan to see him that night.

“Some people make assumptions when they hear that Taylor Mason is a ventriloquist,” said Dosch, adding that while his comedy is geared toward an adult audience, children are fascinated by the puppets, music and his infectious personality.

During last season’s show, he had people laughing with impromptu remarks about his Midwest audience and especially about an unexpected visit by a live bat that tried to upstage him.

“It flew around like a crazed NSA drone spying on the good citizens of Bryan,” Mason joked. “We’re all hoping the bat re-appears for this performance since we’re getting close to Halloween and people need costume ideas.”

He also said he’d like to reassure those attending that the bat does not carry the Ebola virus.

His humor is clean and appropriate for the entire family, as he has performed for corporations at Disney and at numerous church functions, as well as every major comedy club throughout the U.S.

“His demeanor made me feel as comfortable as laughing with my best friends,” said Kathy Vitek, who saw Mason last January in Bryan. “One minute he’s singing, then acting. Before you know it, he’s playing the piano!”

“You’ll laugh so hard your face will hurt,” added Renee Isaac, who went to see him with a group of friends last winter.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the YMCA and Father John’s in Bryan or by calling 419-633-1313. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8.

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