Arj Barker

Arj Barker

Date of birth: 12-08-1974
Half-Sikh, half-European US comic Arj Barker tried stand-up comedy as a dare, at the age of 19, and was instantly bitten by the bug. He dropped out of college and hit the road, and has rarely stopped since.

As well as his native USA – where he has appeared on all the late-night shows including Letterman, Conan, and the Tonight Show - he regularly appears on the international festival circuit across the UK, Australia and New Zealand and beyond. He appeared in Edinburgh every year from 1997, when he won the Perrier best newcomer prize, to 2000.

He co-wrote an off-Broadway show in 2004 called the The Marijuana-Logues, a parody of The Vagina Monologues about dope-smoking

That same year he landed the lead role in an NBC sitcom, Nearly Nirvana, in 2004. But he was later replaced by the show's creator, Ajay Sahgal, and still the show never aired.

In 2007, he won a recurring supporting role in the HBO hit Flight Of The Conchords, playing Brett and Germain’s friend Dave.

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Toronto gets a British comedy gala

...hosted by John Cleese

John Cleese is to host a British comedy gala at the Toronto’s new Just For Laughs comedy festival.

Stand-ups Jimmy Carr, Mark Watson, Gina Yashere and Ross Noble will all take part in the event, a spin-off from the well-established Montreal festival.

Danny Bhoy will also be appearing in Toronto, with his own one-man show running for five nights from July 14.

The festival, which runs from July 15 to 19, also features Sarah Silverman, Arj Barker, Louis CK and a Nasty Show starring Patrice O’Neal and Jason Rouse, among others.

The British gala takes place on July 18, four days before a similar event at the high-profile Montreal festival.

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Published: 5 May 2009

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2000

Arj Barker

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Arj Barker: Let Me Do The Talking

Melbourne 2005

Arj Barker: Ego No Amigo

Montreal 2004

Tim Allen gala

Montreal 2008

Alternative Show


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