Arj Barker

Bret and Jemaine who? On HBO’s spacy musical comedy Flight of the Conchords, Arj Barker’s Dave—the twosome’s best friend—stole every scene he was in. A pawn-shop employee who still lives with his parents, Dave’s defining trait is his constant muddling of reality, like his vague grasp of world geography and race relations. “It shouldn’t matter where you’re from when love’s involved,” he expounds to Jemaine in one episode. “It’s like that movie Interracial Hole Stretchers 2—she was white; they were black. But it didn’t matter in the end, did it?” As a stand-up comic, Barker really lets the high camp loose, approaching absurd ideas with a hilariously serious and pragmatic attitude. On his new live CD, LYAO (track listings include “

 
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