What do you get when you take your very best jokes from over the last 30 years, lovingly restore, refine and remaster each one, jam them all into a single hour, and finally, sprinkle in some brand-new material with a hint of improv? You get the best of Arj Barker. Also known as Power Hour.
Arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian, in recent years Arj Barker has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there were one of those.
Arj has gained major international exposure from his role as ‘Dave’ on HBO’s Flight of the Concords. This, as well as dozens of appearances on popular Aussie TV shows like the original Hey Hey It’s Saturday (yep, he’s been coming here for a while) Thank God You’re Here, The Glasshouse, Good News Week, Rove Live, The Project, Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation, Spicks and Specks, The Great Debate and of course the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, Arj has become a household name in Australia. He was also the very first guest ever to appear on Gordon St. Tonight with Adam Hills, and nobody can ever take that away from him, no matter what happens.
In his home country (well, country of birth at least), Arj has appeared regularly as a guest on many popular shows including those hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Maher. He has also had three of his very own comedy specials on Comedy Central.
Ari has been a popular act at the most celebrated comedy festivals world-wide, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Just For Laughs in Montreal, and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival now for almost two decades. A prolific and hardworking comic, who tours constantly, Ari has released five DVD’S, two of which have been nominated for ARIA’s in Australia although he ain’t won yet. But winning ain’t everything. There can be only one winner, but there are many losers. So all we’re saying is, maybe there’s something to be said for strength in numbers??
Some of Ari Barker’s other projects include The Marijuana-Logues (co-creator), stony parody of the Vagina Monologues which ran off-broadway in NYC for an entire year, and the whimsical animated web-series Ari and Poopy (co-creator), which has a cult online following of fans ranging from 3 to 76 years. ‘Turns out everybody loves a farting cat!
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins, NO interval
Age 15+ (Occasional course language)