Arjan Singh (born August 12, 1974), known by the stage name Arj Barker, is an American stand-up comedian and actor from San Anselmo, California. He has toured in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He was born to an engineer father and artist mother, and is half-Indian, half-European. His father is of Sikh heritage.
Barker started his career in comedy after graduating from high school in 1989. His first gigs were at an old cafe called Cafe Nuvo in downtown San Anselmo where he hosted stand-up night every Sunday throughout the early 1990s. Barker appeared on Premium Blend in 1997, followed by appearances on the shows Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Glass House. He twice hosted Comedy Central Presents, first on September 20, 2000 and again on March 31, 2006. Barker was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. He appeared on the Australian show Thank God You're Here on October 18, 2006, September 19, 2007 and June 17, 2009.
Barker co-wrote and performed in The Marijuana-Logues, an Off-Broadway show in New York, with Doug Benson and Tony Camin. The title of the show was a parody of The Vagina Monologues. NBC gave Barker the lead role for sitcom Nearly Nirvana, originally scheduled for 2004. However, Barker was replaced in the lead role by the show's creator, Ajay Sahgal, and the show never aired.
Barker appeared in the HBO sitcom Flight of the Conchords, playing Bret and Jemaine's indifferent friend Dave. Barker has enjoyed success in Australia for a number of years since first appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2000, and presently resides there.
Arj Barker has appeared on several television comedy shows since his 1997 appearance on Premium Blend. Most of his appearances are late-night shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Glass House.
He has had his own Comedy Central Presents episode on two occasions, first on 20th September, 2000 and again on 31st March, 2006.
He also has appeared on the Australian show, Thank God You're Here on 18th October, 2006 and the 19th September, 2007 (the latter of which, he won).
Barker also co-wrote The Marijuana-Logues, an off-Broadway show currently showing in New York - the title is a parody of production The Vagina Monologues. Doug Benson and Tony Camin also wrote the play, and all three perform in it as the original cast.
NBC had given him the lead role for Nearly Nirvana, a sitcom originally scheduled for fall 2004. However, Barker was replaced in the lead role by the show's creator, Ajay Sahgal, and then the show never aired.
Arj Barker also appears in the HBO sitcom Flight of the Conchords, as Dave, Bret and Jemaine's friend, whom they meet after moving to New York.
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