Arj Barker

Power Hour
03-04 Nov


Back by popular demand: The Best of Arj Barker: Power Hour.

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.


Having spent more time in our country than his own, Australia’s funniest adopted Californian has come to understand our culture perhaps even better than we do ourselves. He bloody well better, mate! This funny bugger has appeared all over Aussie TV, including the original Hey Hey It’s Saturday (yep, he’s been coming here for a while).

Since then, regular appearances on such shows as Thank God You’re Here, The Glasshouse, Good News Week, Rove Live, The Project, Spicks and Specks, The Great Debate, and roughly a dozen memorable spots on The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala have all helped him become a household name on our shores.

Prior to setting foot in Australia, Arj was already an established stand-up act in the USA, having performed on most of the major late night talk shows including those hosted by David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, Jimmy Kimmel and Bill Maher. In addition, he taped three specials for Comedy Central. He’s also co-creator of the ‘The Marijuana-Logues’ which ran off-broadway in New York City for over a year and which was ‘a big hit’ according to some super cool dudes.

Though he refers to stand-up comedy as his ‘bread and butter’, Arj is a talented actor as well. In this arena he is probably best known for his portrayal of the lovable larrikin, ‘Dave’ on HBO’s hit series The Flight of the Conchords. More recently he appeared as the ‘Werewolf Captain’ on another popular series, What We Do In The Shadows and currently Arj is starring as Brendan Brandon, a failed crypto trader turned macadamia farmer, in the (soon to be) hit comedy film, The Nut Farm (more on that below).

Arj continues to tour his live shows relentlessly, being a popular act at the most celebrated comedy festivals from Edinburgh to Montreal. While awards don’t mean that much, just in case you’re curious, he has won some, including Best Newcomer in Edinburgh and more recently an ARIA for best Australian comedy release (his Organic comedy special, in 2019). He also scooped up the Peoples Choice Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, where his shows are consistently among the most well-attended.

2024 is shaping up to be a big year for young Arj, as launches his hilarious new live stand-up show, The Mind Field, in venues across the country, and also appears in his first lead role in a feature film. The Nut Farm will release in cinemas across Australia and New Zealand on March 14.

"The audience fires up – roaring with laughter" ★★★★ The Advertiser




Fri 3 Nov 2023
Sat 4 Nov 2023


Brisbane Powerhouse


Adult (FRI)
Concession (FRI)
Admit (SAT)
*plus booking fees


85 minutes


Suitable for ages 15+

Contains adult themes

Contains coarse language

Contains sexual references

Presented by Mary Tobin Presents