Today's Birthday, June 11: Australian comedian, actor and writer Carl Barron (1964 - ).
Stand-up superstar Carl Barron is still reducing fans to fits of laughter with funny faces, sounds and stories after more than two decades on the comedy scene.
The 54-year-old comedian continues to tour his trademark brand of Aussie observational humour, with a 12-month, 48-show Drinking With A Fork tour of Australia and New Zealand set to wrap up in late June.
Born and raised in Longreach in outback Queensland to a sheep shearer father and barmaid mother, Barron realised at a young age he could make his fellow classmates laugh with one look.
He moved to the Gold Coast and spent 17 years as a roof tiler before a Jimeoin performance inspired him to walk on stage at Sydney's Harold Park Hotel and give comedy a go.
After moving to the NSW capital, Barron continued his roof tiling work for five or six years until he built up his profile enough on the club, theatre and campus circuit to become a professional comedian.
He scored a maiden television gig on the NRL Footy Show in 1997, delivering a five-minute monologue on driver's licence photos, bums and foreign languages.
The self-admitted short, skinny and bald funnyman soon became a Rove Live favourite, featuring on the show six times between 2001 and 2009.
Over that same period, Barron also appeared on other Australian comedy television shows - Good News Week, Thank God You're Here and Out of the Question.
The wacky comic then performed in front of 300,000 fans during his sold-out One Ended Stick tour, which debuted in 2011.
His tour video sales for Live, Whatever Comes Next, Walking Down The Street and A One Ended Stick have reportedly made him Australia's highest selling stand-up comedian on DVD.
He was rated Australia's most popular comedian and the third most popular worldwide in 2015, according to a Ticketmaster survey.
That same year Barron spread his wings on the silver screen by co-writing, and starring in, bitter-sweet comedy Manny Lewis, the story of a famous fictional stand-up who struggles with withdrawal and loneliness.