Can we get Carl Barron to the Valley? Worth a try!
FACEBOOK it and they will come, or that's what Clarence Valley fans of Carl Barron are hoping after the frenzy that ensued when the Saraton Theatre requested the presence of the comedy larrikin on its social media page.
Barron is about to embark on the North Coast tour Drinking With a Fork, which is already sold out, including three shows in Lismore and two in Taree.
Saraton manager Michelle Gilbert said they had received an "insane" number of inquiries over the past two weeks asking why Carl Barron wasn't coming to Grafton, so she decided to put it out there on social media and see what response they got.
More than 580 'likes', 180- plus comments and 156 'shares' later, the theatre was in no doubt that people of the Clarence were keen to see Carl come to town.
"We had more than 500 'likes' in one night alone and over 9000 people had seen the post, which is the most traffic we have ever had," Michelle said.
So without further ado the Saraton got in touch with Carl's management to see if they can coax the comedian to the Clarence given the public demand. "Hopefully will be find out soon. The other shows have sold out so I can't see why not."
Carl Barron's manager Artie Laing said he was aware of the momentum building for Carl to come to the Clarence and was "trying to make it work".
"As a result of that and also as a result of seeing the Lismore shows sell out in 48 hours we will be coming back to do some more shows. We have found another block of time which is lucky because he doesn't have much time these days."
Mr Laing said they were anticipating some time in early August, but will probably officially confirm that on Monday.
One of the Carl's biggest fans is 20-year-old Mariah Evans, who along with her boyfriend Adam Robb were just some the Facebook crowd keen to see their comedic hero do a live show at the Saraton, even emailing his manager direct to help woo him here.
"We sent them the link to the Facebook site but didn't hear back. We are massive fans and really want to see his new show," Mariah said holding out her signed DVD.
"We have seen him in Brisbane and met him. He is really down to earth and funny, just like he is on stage.
"If he can come to Lismore I can't see why he can't come to Grafton."
No pressure Carl, but it seems the Clarence has spoken.
A FEW Facebook messages of support for a Carl Barron show at the Saraton:
We are so there if this happens. Maylin Libunao Grunsell.
This would be the best. Natalie Durrington.
Yes please would love to see him and take the family. Patricia Hyatt.
Would love him to come to Saraton, he's amazing. Sandra Watkins McClintock.
... how freakin' awesome would it be to have him here. Lisa O'Keeffe.
He is a classic, love him lots. Tracey Becker
If Mount Isa can get him we can. Kylie Cameron.
Oh my gosh. I need to make fake accounts so I can like this more than once. Yay, Carl Barron! Skye Harrison.
YES YES YES! I know heaps of people that would come if you got Carl Barron to the Saraton. Toni Johnson
I'd even go back to visit Grafton for this. Grant Milling.
I don't know how many seats the Saraton has but judging by the likes I'd say he will need to do at least two shows. Paul Marsden.
I've seen him before and would love to see him here. Daniel O'Keeffe.
Yes please he is a must, he will fill the Saraton up. Bill Dougherty.