Barker ready to go for Toowoomba gig

Gatton Star - - Life -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GO TIME: Arj Barker will per­form his new show Go Time at the Em­pire The­atre, Toowoomba this Satur­day.

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