Arj is an American standup comedian with a worldwide following.
As a standup he won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has performed regular sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He now tours Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis attracting sold out audiences at the largest theatres in the country. He has also performed in Holland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.
He has made numerous appearances on late night talk shows; including Letterman and Conan O’Brian shows, as well as his own half hour special on HBO produced by comedy central. Arj also plays ‘Dave’ on HBO’s hit series ‘ Flight of the Conchords ‘. Arj has also appeared on Bill Maher’s Lasst Comic Standing and Multiple “Just for Laughs” Galas.
Arj is also a favourite on Australian TV; having appeared on “Thank God You’re Here”, “Rove”, “Spicks and Specks”, “Good News Week”, “The 7pm Project”, “Talkin ‘bout Your Generation”, “Have You Been Paying Attention”, “The Footy Show” as well as numerous Melbourne International Comedy Festival Galas.
Arj cowrote and performed in “The MarijuanaLogues”, an Off-Broadway show parodying the feministically geared production,“The Vagina Monologues.” Barker also has his own Flash series, Arj and Poopy; based on some of his standup material and starring him and his cat, Poopy, who talks by farting. The series has been sydnicated to AtomFilms.
Arj also just recently released his online musical comedy video, “Disgracebook”, that pokes fun at the ways in which we are misusing and abusing social media.
Though acting is a consideration, Barker seems to enjoy doing standup and travelling most. And so he continues to tour the world, bringing his original brand of humour wherever there’s a stage and an English speaking audience.
REVIEWS / TESTIMONIALS
“If comedians are the new rock stars, then Arj Barker is standup’s Dave Grohl”
The Age, Melbourne
“If you prefer comedy with its collar up, then Arj Barker may have you headbutting your boyfriend with violent laughter. He has a lovely turn of phrase, a wacky imagination and a unique style.”
The Age, Melbourne
“He’s invariably hilarious” (4 ½ half stars)
The Advertiser, Adelaide
“It’s a joy to spend an hour in his world” (5 Stars)*****
The Adelaide Advertiser