Arj Barker’s LYAO CD/DVD Review

ARJ BARKER LYAO

I recently checked LYAO, a comedy CD/DVD by Arj Barker. Barker is an Indian-American actor/ comedian from California who’s resume includes appearances on Premium Blend as well as a regular role on the HBO series Flight Of The Chords (he plays Bret and Jermaine’s friend Dave).

What I like about Arj’s comedy is that he incorporates current events into his act without being to high-brow. Think what Mitch Hedberg’s act might have been if he hadn’t been on drugs and you will have Arj Barker. One thing that irritates me is when comedians throw a few pieces of history or social commentary into their act and suddenly they think they are wise college professors with a mock turtle neck and a pipe. Arj is great because he’s able to comment on real life while remaining likeable. In short, he keeps it real.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from LYAO:

Arj on Global Warming – “…but how come I don’t hear a single intelligent individual aside from myself suggest the seemingly obvious possibility that the Earth is just fine thank you but there’s something wrong with the sun! ‘Cause I’m not a scientist, but I’m pretty sure that son of a bitch is where all the heat is coming from. And all I’m sayin’ is, when I burn my toast, I don’t blame the bread.”

“…alright…clearly I’m not educated enough to finish this joke”.

“I have an 80 GB iPod, 80 GBs! Because I like to jog for 2 weeks straight”

If you are a fan of observational comedy, I encourage you to check out LYAO (That’s Laughing Your Ass Off, if you aren’t a big IM’er or texter). LYAO was released on January 26th, 2010 and is currently in stores (you can buy it on Amazon here). Check it out, and let me know what you think!