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Arj Barker: We Need To Talk at Adelaide Fringe 2018 - Review

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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Arj Barker has returned to Adelaide with a new show and I am happy to say he has delivered. Arj has been doing shows in Adelaide each and every year for a while now. It's typical to expect some of a comedian's material or style to remain the same, but Arj's new show, We Need to Talk, is genuinely new.

Arj Barker's same hard-hitting style and crass personality are still there but something is different. Arj has matured somewhat and his comedy has been refined to a sharp edge. What could have brought this on? Maybe the years just caught up with him and age has refined his outlook on life. I'm not saying that it has anything to do with him getting married at all. Of course not.

Arj Barker, Adelaide Fringe, Arts Theatre, Comedy


We Need to Talk is a show which demonstrates a comedy veteran in his element. Arj Barker is still funny in everything he does. Straight out of the gates, Arj isn't shy from pointing the flaws in Adelaide's 'style'. He doesn't let up from this point forward and the audience can't help but eat it up. Attacking such subjects as millennials, lifehacks, technology, children and all with a 'positive' spin.

Barker continues his faultless timing, pacing and expressiveness that makes his show flow from segment to segment so seamlessly. Gone is Arj's crudeness, swearing, and plain loudness and what remains in a more levelled experienced comedian. Arj still presents a hard line, no holds barred attitude. He's unapologetic about his jokes and potential offences but his delivery is so reasoned that you can't help but agree with his world-view.

This slow debate that turns you to his way of thinking only helps engage the audience and make his jokes that much funnier. This is a new Arj Barker. I would recommend that all people who have liked him in the past to go see this show. I still believe that his change in style is not dramatically changed and current fans will still love his work.

For those new to his work or that haven't liked his previous stuff, I would like to say that you should give him another chance. This is truly a new show with new material, unlike stuff he has done previously. It's definitely worth a look. Arj Barker loves Australia and has brought his A game for the Adelaide Fringe.

Arj Barker, Adelaide Fringe, Arts Theatre, Comedy
Where is that damn House Phone?


Come and find out if the new feel Arj Barker is someone you can grow to love. You can get tickets from Fringe Tix. His show is performing every day from the 20th of February to the 18th of March except Mondays at the Arts Theatre on Angus Street. Tickets start at $39.90 with Fringe Member and Cheap Tuesday discounts available. So sit down and have long chat with Arj Barker.

4/5 Stars.
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When: 20th of Feb to the 18th of Mar
Where: Arts Theatre, 53 Angas St, Adelaide SA 5000
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