Album Remarks & Appraisals:
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 20 September, 2000 and again on 31 March, 2006. He also has appeared on the Australian show, Thank God You're Here on 18 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. 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. Arj was featured as a contestant on the first episode of the fifth season of Last Comic Standing, where he advanced to the Los Angeles semi-final round.
Arj Barker's first standup release since creating the off-Broadway show The Marijuana-Logues isn't as pot-centric as his fans might hope, but it proves that his repertoire can be inspired by more than the demon weed. LYAO pulls its inspiration from video games, the Internet, and global warming, and while that last topic may not seem stoner-friendly, Barker's reasoning to blame the sun instead of humanity most certainly is ("When I burn my toast, I don't blame the bread!"). The comedian is great at playing it dumb ("I respect Native Americans, but I'm little irritated at them because they come to this country....") and there's a traditional side to his set that's appealing in the age of indie and character comics. Check "BFF" (all the tracks are named after common Internet abbreviations) for an extremely gross and horribly funny closer that lives up to the album's title. The rest of the set is more LOL, although Marijuana-Logues fans might go as far as ROFL. ~ David Jeffries