As American comedian and actor Arj Barker prepares to embark on his three-month, Australian stand-up comedy tour, he takes time to talk with The Big Smoke.
The Big Smoke (TBS): What do you think is the key factor in you ending up where you are today career-wise?
Arj Barker: Probably lack of discipline and follow-thru mixed with a good bit of luck.
TBS: Who do you consider the most intriguing public figure to watch at the moment?
Barker: Well, I hate to say it, but watching Donald Trump try to destroy his own campaign is pretty interesting. It would be hilarious if he didn’t have even a small a chance of getting the nuke codes.
TBS: What is the worst way for a person to try and get your attention on social media?
Barker: Probably by trying to “neg” me—that is, saying something critical simply for the sake of getting me to respond.
TBS: If you could determine the exact influence you have on a young person, what do you hope she or he would gain from observing you?
Barker: It’s probably wishful thinking, but I would hope they would think, “Maybe getting older doesn’t have suck too bad!”
TBS: What advice would you give a 15-year-old Arj Barker?
Barker: Don’t be afraid of rejection. What other people think about you doesn’t matter as long as you respect yourself. Try to be a good person, but know that you can’t please everybody no matter what you do. Don’t sleep on your stomach. Practice guitar more often!
TBS: What is your most annoying trait?
Barker: I’m a bad listener sometimes a lot.
TBS: What is the one gift you will pretty much always re-gift?
Barker: I always forget to use gift cards, so the money might go back to the person who gave it to me after so many years. That is sort of re-gifting, ain’t it?
TBS: What is your favorite lame quote or cliche?
Barker: “Check yourself before you wreck yourself.”
TBS: What can your fans expect from your “Get in My Head” tour?
Barker: You will laugh a lot. Especially if you go into the show expecting to enjoy yourself.