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Arj Barker
Born Arjan Singh Aulakh
August 12, 1974 (1974-08-12) (age 35)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Comedian
Official website

Arjan Singh,[1] better known by the stage name Arj Barker, (born August 12, 1974) is an Indian-American stand-up comedian and actor from San Anselmo, California. He has toured in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.[2] He was born to an engineer father and artist mother, and is half-Indian, half-European.[2] His father is of Sikh heritage.[1]

Contents

Works

Arj Barker has appeared on several television comedy shows since his 1997 appearance on Premium Blend. Most of his appearances are late-night shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Glass House. He has had his own Comedy Central Presents episode on two occasions, first on 20 September, 2000 and again on 31 March, 2006. He also has appeared on the Australian show, Thank God You're Here on 18 October, 2006 and the 19th September, 2007 (the latter of which, he won).

Barker also co-wrote The Marijuana-Logues, an off-Broadway show currently showing in New York - the title is a parody of production The Vagina Monologues. Doug Benson and Tony Camin also wrote the play, and all three perform in it as the original cast.

NBC had given him the lead role for Nearly Nirvana, a sitcom originally scheduled for fall 2004. However, Barker was replaced in the lead role by the show's creator, Ajay Sahgal, and the show never aired.[3]

Arj Barker also appears in the HBO sitcom Flight of the Conchords, as Dave, Bret and Jemaine's friend, whom they meet after moving to New York.[4]

Style

Arj Barker could probably be best classified as an observational comedian. Unlike many other observational comics such as Jerry Seinfeld, Barker places the typical emphasis on an irrelevant portion of the joke. His actual punchlines are more akin to subtle or absurdist comedians, such as Mitch Hedberg.

"Everyone's coming up to me half in tears, "Arj what about Global Warming — what about Climate Change and the planet?" and everybody's convinced that that the earth has a problem — because it's so hot. But how come I don't hear a single intelligent individual aside from myself suggest the seemingly obvious possibility that the Earth is just fine thank you — but there's something wrong with the sun! 'Cause I'm not a scientist, but I'm pretty sure that son of a bitch is where all the heat is coming from. And all I'm sayin' is, when I burn my toast, I don't blame the bread. [crowd cheering] Wow. You guys really love toast jokes." — Original Style Bits and Pieces, Dec 8th 2009, Brisbane

Arj's comedic style also slightly involves mocking religion.

"I don't like to make fun of Scientologists — they're too easy, everyone does them... There are religions with 2000 years of experience that are so much better off..."Huh? E-Meter? No thank you sir, I'll be on my way now. I'll just go home and read my bible: "...then the talking snake said, 'Here, eat this magic apple.' " " — Original Style Bits and Pieces, Dec 8th 2009, Brisbane

Arj and Poopy

Arj also has his own Flash series, Arj and Poopy, based on some of his stand-up material, that stars him and his cat, Poopy, who talks by farting.[5] The series is animated by Bernard Derriman. The cat has acquired his own MySpace blog, which lists his hobbies as eating, watching TV, paper chains, star gazing, train spotting, golf caddying, bowling, fly fishing and chess.[6] The series has been syndicated to AtomFilms.[7]

The episode "Unlucky in Love" won the Annecy 2006 animated film festival Internet Selection.[8] The series also has a planned spin-off called Bouncy the Dog.

List of episodes

  1. "Experimentation"
  2. "Venetian Rowing Machine"
  3. "Philosopher"
  4. "Brutally Ambushed"
  5. "Long Distance Relationship"
  6. "Shpants"
  7. "Unlucky in Love"
  8. "Yoga"
  9. "Oh, Christmas tree"
  10. "Congo Windfall"
  11. "Poetreet"

Arj and Last Comic Standing

Arj was featured as a contestant on the first episode of the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, where he advanced to the Los Angeles semi-final round. He then failed to progress to the final 10 in the semi-final round.

Media

Albums

Year Album
1999 Arj Barker: Issue Were Here
2010 Arj Barker: LYAO

DVD Releases

Year Album
2006 Arj Barker: Live
2008 Arj Barker: Balls

References

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