Arj will tickle your funny bone

Popular comedian Arj Barker will bring his funny observations to Grafton's Saraton Theatre on Sunday night.
Popular comedian Arj Barker will bring his funny observations to Grafton's Saraton Theatre on Sunday night. BUXTON WALKER PUBLICITY

FOR comedian Arj Barker, the secret to delivering every joke successfully is to be in the moment - unless that moment includes getting caught in the stare of a warlock.

Barker, often described as Australia's favourite comedian and an honorary Aussie because of his frequent visits, has been touring his latest show, Go Time, throughout the country since earlier in the year and brings it to Grafton's Saraton Theatre on Sunday night.

After performing it night after night for months on end, Barker doesn't get bored of delivering the same routine, but says for people in his line of work there is a danger in just repeating the jokes and not doing a good job.

"I just stay focused and keep my mind on the joke," he says.

Barker, who is known for his observational humour, describes Go Time as both what audiences expect from him and the last thing they expect from him.

"Which, if my calculations are correct, will make for a great show," he says.

Despite the demands of touring so extensively, Barker struggles to pinpoint anything he doesn't like about his job.

"It does get a little physically tiring with the constant touring and moving around," he says.

"You have to like travelling, which fortunately I do.

"I like the freedom of it. I can choose when I work.

"When you look out and see the people laughing..."

But what does the seasoned comedian have against warlocks?

"In 2011 I was nearly done with the tour and there was this guy in the front row with a really unnerving stare," Barker says.

"I suddenly couldn't remember anything…

"That's never happened before and never again since.

"I thought that maybe he put a curse on me."

Barker says he has no weapons to guard against warlocks and he hopes there will be no voodoo from the audience when he casts his spell over Grafton punters on Sunday.


  • Back2Back, 8pm, Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton.
  • Rock Steady, 8pm, Harwood Hotel.
  • Marc Daley, Maclean Hotel.
  • Ford Bros, Yamba Shores Tavern.
  • Dee Blundell, Yamba Golf Club.
  • Scott Day-V Band, 9.30pm, Pacific Hotel Yamba.
  • DJ Kactus, 9pm, Club PO, Grafton.
  • Kaha in Boardwalk Bar, 8pm, Yamba Bowling Club.
  • Just Friends, 8pm, Grafton District Services Club.


  • Hammer and the Goon, 9.30pm, Pacific Hotel Yamba.
  • DJ Kev, 9pm, Post Office Hotel, Grafton.
  • Recharge DJs, Yamba Shores Tavern.
  • Back2Back, 8pm, Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton.


  • Arj Barker - Go Time, 7pm, Saraton Theatre Grafton.
  • Back2Back, 2pm, Pelican Playhouse, South Grafton.


  • Sept 28: Cajun Country Revival Creedence Clearwater Revival Show, Grafton District Services Club.
  • Oct 11: Galapagos Duck, Yamba Bowling Club.

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