Australia's adopted son of comedy
Arj Barker is seen by many as Australia's own adopted son of comedy. Originally from America, Australian audiences have grown to know and love his unique observations, heavy sarcasm and loud anger.
Arj won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1997, and firmly established himself as one of the golden boys on the international comedy circuit. For years, he has been honing his craft at comedy festivals and clubs all around the world. His international appearances include the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Sydney Comedy Festival and the New Zealand Comedy Festival.
On television, he is a regular guest on programs including Spicks and Specks, Rove, Thank God You're Here, The Footy Show and Good News Week.
Arj has performed for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and has made numerous appearances on late night talk shows, including the Letterman and Conan O'Brian Shows.
Arj Barker starred in his own half hour special on the HBO produced by Comedy Central. He plays ‘Dave' on HBO's world class comedy, Flight of the Conchords.
Though acting is a consideration, Barker enjoys doing stand-up and traveling most. And so he continues to tour the world, delivering his original brand of humour wherever there's a stage and an English speaking audience. To date he has performed in over 10 countries, including Canada, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Australia and even China.
It’s a joy to spend an hour in his world. 5 Stars
The Adelaide Advertiser
If comedians are the new rock stars, then Arj Barker is stand-up's Dave Grohl
The Age, Melbourne 2009
Arj sold every ticket last year and the year before and was the most popular comic. Australians love his warped self-deprecating humour.