Comedian Barker worse than his bite

ARJ Barker is officially a lost soul.

The American comedian has just discovered golf. “It's funny when you tell people you have just started playing golf, it is like you have just become a drug addict,” Arj said.

Arj qualified that by adding he also loves mountain biking.

Born Arjun Singh, Arj dropped his last name and some of his first name to make it easier for people to remember.

“I picked Barker because it sounded festive,” he said.

“I imagined people saying: 'Here comes Arj Barker, yay'.

“I toyed with a few other names, McGinty was another but it didn't have that same ring to it.”

An 'undercover' or 'secret' Australian, Arj spends a lot of time Down Under.

“I love this place,” he said.

Ellen Briggs, who will also be in attendance at The Big Joke, ended up a national finalist for Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy.

The Big Joke comedy festival will be from March 26-29 in Bangalow.

It will feature three internationally-recognised acts - Australian Tim Minchin, American Arj Barker and Brit Nina Conti.

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