Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there were one of those.
Arj has gained major International exposure from his role as ‘Dave’ on HBO’s “Flight of the Concords”. This, as well as dozens of appearances on popular Aussie TV shows like the original Hey Hey It’s Saturday (yep, he’s been coming here for a while) Thank God You’re Here, The Glasshouse, Good News Week, Rove Live, The Project, Talkin’ Bout My Generation, Spicks and Specks, the Great Debate and of course the MICF Gala, he has become a household name in Australia. He was also the very first guest ever to appear on Gordon St. Tonight with Adam Hills, and nobody can ever take that away from him, no matter what happens.
In his home country (well, country of birth at least), he has appeared regularly as a guest on many popular shows including those hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Maher. He has also had three of his very own comedy specials on Comedy Central.
Arj has been a popular act at the most celebrated comedy festivals world-wide, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Just For Laughs in Montreal, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival now for almost two decades. A prolific and hardworking comic, who tours constantly, Arj has released five DVD’S, two of which have been nominated for ARIA’s in Australia although he ain’t won yet. But winning ain’t everything. There can be only one winner, but there are many losers. So all we’re saying is, maybe there’s something to be said for strength in numbers??
Some of Arj Barker’s other projects include The Marijuana-Logues (co-creator), stony parody of the Vagina Monologues which ran off-broadway in NYC for an entire year, and the whimsical animated web-series Arj and Poopy (co-creator), which has a cult online following of fans ranging from 3 to 76 years. ‘Turns out everybody loves a farting cat!
Collectively, Arj’s stand-up clips on YouTube have garnered millions of hits, and his popularity is likely to rise even further given his manic touring schedule, with gigs already planned straight through 2013. Many of them will be here in Australia, as he plans to appear not only in major cities, but regionally as well, with his new show, ‘Go Time’.
Often asked why he spends so much time on our shores, Arj has this to say: “From my first show, I knew I wanted to be a comedian for life, and set out to find my audience. At the moment, the bulk of that audience is in Australia, so that’s where you’ll find me. I don’t know exactly why it turned out this way, but I’m very thankful to have found my fans, even if they happen to be on the other side of the world!”
Arj is a powerful performer with an outstanding stage presence and world-renowned microphone technique. He is capable of captivating an audience and reducing them to fits of laughter through both passion and style. His bold and brash nature covers a subtle and clever comedic undertone that satisfies his fans both intellectually and somehow on a 4th grade level at the same time.