COMEDIAN Arj Barker is promising something a little bit different on his latest tour.
“It’s 99 per cent well-crafted stand-up, but one per cent is the unexpected part — I do an opening number,” the Californian said.
“I composed a song and did some choreography.
“I tried to write a Broadway-type tune. It’s like the beginning of a musical — it’s a medley, with different tempos and different bits of the show.
“I’ve never been to a Broadway show … but it’s what I imagine a Broadway song sounds like. So it’s zero per cent research and 100 per cent attempt.”
Barker said he loved making music, but mainly as a hobby.
“I want to make more music,” he said.
“I like to strum a guitar, but I’m out of practice at the moment. I enjoy making up rap songs. I can write rap when I apply myself.
“I’m learning to DJ as a little something to do on the side. But none of that is a serious career aspiration.”
Given his role as co-star in the acclaimed musical comedy series Flight Of The Conchords, none of this should be surprising.
But don’t expect Barker to be following in the footsteps of Bret and Jermaine and getting his own TV show soon.
“I’m pretty picky,” he said. “Most TV shows are basically filler because they can’t think of something better.
“I’d rather do no TV than some dismal panel show.
“I’m not going broke and I like my freedom. I mean, I don’t live a lavish lifestyle, but I don’t need to do TV.
“I’m lucky that the one TV show I did do turned out to be one of the more original things out there in comedy.
“It’s one of the best comedies in recent times. I’m not taking credit for it — I was just hired. But it’s a cult classic.
“But if I did do my own show I wouldn’t be above trying to write in a guest appearance for Bret and Jermaine, like hey, I scratched your back, it’s time to return the favour.”
Barker is back in Warrnambool on Saturday at the Lighthouse Theatre from 8pm with support from comedian Joel Ozborn, who Barker calls “one of my best friends”.
And while he’s in town, Barker plans to do some sightseeing.
“I always go out to the nature reserve at Tower Hill. I love it,” he said.
“I had a stand-off with an emu last time I was out there.
“That was pretty cool. Then I read later they are known for attacking people.”