Arj Barker is really good at what he does - he's a good joke writer, has great stage presence, and seems like an all-around nice guy. He's up there on stage, doing his thing, Arj-Barkering around, and it's great. He can even take a final-act entreaty to buy his merchandise, and make it into a funny bit. He's the gold standard, if you will.
But I can never quite get into it. I think it's the size of the venue - the main room at the Town Hall is so big, I never get the impression he's really connecting with anyone in there. Perhaps it's a question of material, too - as a big name, your loyal audience is trusting you to do your thing in a way they recognise. There's little incentive to go way out of the box.
If you saw him last year, odds are you're seeing him again this year. And there's nothing wrong with that. But perhaps if you have a few more nights free this month, grab a flyer from a youngster out the front of the Town Hall and take a chance on someone new, too.