Barker ready to go for Toowoomba gig
ARJ Barker isn’t afraid to get a little philosophical.
The American comic is bringing Go Time to Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre on Saturday and he said after runs at comedy festivals in Melbourne and Adelaide, he was confident the material was his best yet.
But don’t expect him to have grown up too much.
“There’s a really positive message in the show, about living from your heart and following your dreams, but never at the expense of the laughs,” he said.
“My priority is for people to have a good laugh. If there’s a good message, that’s nice.
“One of my favourite parts of the show is six or seven minutes just talking about diarrhoea.”
Barker’s unique brand of observational humour has had a strong following in Australia for many years, a profile only boosted by his role as pawn shop worker Dave in television series Flight of the Conchords, and it’s this profile that will keep him going on the mammoth 54-date tour to every state and territory.
He said times had changed on the touring circuit since he first started out – but despite the constant travel, he still has time for a quirky tourist stop.
“We’ve been to the Big Banana a couple of times, that’s always mind blowing,” he said.
“You’re having a banana milkshake inside a banana, I mean, you haven’t lived if you haven’t done that.
“I stay at half-decent places now. (When I started) it was more like people’s couches. There was a stage I lived at a youth hostel in London with bed bugs and all.”
Barker will be supported on Go Time by up-and-comer Joel Ozborn, who the headliner rates as one of the most promising comedians in the country.
Despite generating laughs all over the world, the Garden City still stands out in Barker’s mind – on and off stage.
“Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre ... oh man, that is just a beautiful theatre,” he recalled.
“We always have a good time (in Toowoomba) as well.
“I’m really careful walking around the streets – I think it’s one of the few places in the world where they specifically point out that cars have the right of way over pedestrians.
“I make sure to wear reflective clothing.
“But I guarantee people are going to have a good time. I can’t wait to get back there.”
Arj Barker performs at the Empire Theatre at 8pm.
GO TIME: Arj Barker will perform his new show Go Time at the Empire Theatre, Toowoomba this Saturday.