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ARJ Barker reck­ons he’s racked up about 30 vis­its to Perth over his lengthy three­decade ca­reer.

The San Fran funny man en­joyed run­ning ‘the bridges’ around our city on one visit.

“It was pretty bloody long – that took it out of me,” he said.

“I don’t run much these days; I use the el­lip­ti­cal as it’s a lit­tle more gen­tle at my age (43).”

Re­cently mar­ried and con­tin­u­ing to di­vide his time be­tween the US and Aus­tralia, Barker is back in town next month for new show, Or­ganic.

You may see him at one of our beaches he can’t re­mem­ber the name of. Or maybe at the Cat Haven in Shen­ton Park: he re­cently shared a post from the so­ci­ety, urg­ing peo­ple to adopt a cat.

“When I saw those cats I felt sorry for them and I wanted them to go to good homes, so I just tried to help out,” Barker said.

“I don’t want them to be put down.”

Barker said Or­ganic was a solid show from be­gin­ning to end and an es­cape from peo­ple’s prob­lems.

Ex­pect talk about relationships and try­ing to eat healthy ver­sus try­ing to be happy, but don’t ex­pect any Trump jabs.

“My favourite thing is univer­sal com­edy – things peo­ple re­late to and which make them more con­nected to each other,” Barker said.

“I like to talk as if I’m ad­dress­ing the whole hu­man tribe. My ideas are: ‘what can make the world bet­ter and what are we do­ing wrong’ and I make com­edy out of that.

“Po­lit­i­cal jokes don’t last very long; things change and sud­denly the joke isn’t rel­e­vant. Univer­sal is­sues don’t change.”

Barker has en­joyed an ex­tended spell in the spot­light and main­tains a solid rep­u­ta­tion, es­pe­cially Down Un­der, but the ma­te­rial doesn’t come eas­ily.

“The hard­est part of the job now is try­ing to come up with a new show,” he said.

Sara Fitz­patrick

Arj Barker is look­ing for­ward to be­ing in Perth.

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