Celeste Barber organizes a tour in Phoenix
Australian comedian Celeste Barber will take the stage at the Arizona Federal Theater for a night on her 42-city Good thanks tour across the United States This night of hilarity in Phoenix takes place this summer — August 7, to be exact. Tickets, however, go on sale at 10 a.m. today.
Barber, often referred to as Australia’s “Queen of Comedy”, did not seek to be considered comedic royalty. His deep dive into the fun pool came after several years of acting in dramatic roles.
Her acting studies began in 2000 and just five years later she landed the role of Bree Matthews in the popular Australian TV medical drama. all saints. She had a few roles in the Australian soap opera At home and away and was an author of sketches for The Matty Johns Show.
If you don’t know her from any of these TV shows, chances are you’re one of the millions who know her on Instagram. In 2015, Barber started the hashtag #celestechallegeaccepted to have some fun with his sister. She recreated a slew of celebrity IG photos with herself in the lead role.
The side-by-side photos featured plenty of ubiquitous celeb snaps of themselves perfectly haired, polished and posed, doing things from wearing lingerie while walking their dogs to practicing yoga on the beach.
While having fun picking up his witty stick and poking fun at society’s all-consuming obsession with celebrities, Barber’s spectacularly funny photo series earned him a huge following. She herself has over 8 million followers on IG. Selma Blair, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber are just a handful of celebrity images she’s duplicated. In many of them, his facial expressions alone are enough to inspire fits of laughter.
Barber wrote a book about this experience titled Challenge accepted. She referred to it as a guide to becoming an “anti-it girl”. She has a few other books to her credit, including one for children – Celeste the giraffe likes to laugh.
Stand-up sound, which you will get with the Good thanks tour, is top notch. Whether she’s teasing the wine moms in the room or talking about her childhood experiences with attention deficit disorder, Barber’s delivery is a mix of hilarious, raw and heartfelt.
She’ll mix that comedy with drama in an upcoming Netflix series based on Brigid Delaney’s novel. Wellmania: Misadventures in the search for well-beingabout a woman facing challenges that make her rethink her reckless actions.
Eager to show another side of herself when in character, however, she can only stay serious for so long. During this summer tour, Celeste Barber plans to take care of funny business.
Celeste Barber, 7 p.m., Sunday, August 7. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. Ticket prices vary.