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Comedian, blending sound effects and characterisations.


Rhys Darby is a genre-breaking, boundary leaping comic genius from New Zealand, performing internationally.

His sensational blend of sound effects, characterisations and askew observations has been reducing international audiences to a state of bewildered hysteria since he launched himself onto the world circuit in 2002. By combining stand-up story telling with physical theatre Rhys has developed a truly unique style of comedy performance.

Before leaving his home shores he enjoyed success as one of the most sought after live acts in the country. More than simply a stand-up ("A one-man special effect" - The Guardian), Rhys is also a prolific comedy playwright. He has written and performed in six plays since 2000, four of which were solo productions in which he took on all the roles.

Previous experience
In 2002, he performed his first solo show in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the following year he moved to London to set himself up on the British comedy scene. He quickly became a cult figure on the circuit and a much talked about act amongst the critics and other comics alike. Because his material had such a universal appeal, he has been asked to perform in many other countries including Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Iceland, The Falklands and more recently the Middle East.

Current work
Rhys plays the character Brian Nesbitt in the cult BBC Radio 2 series, Flight of the Conchords, and is also on the CBBC flagship children's show, Mighty Truck of Stuff, each Saturday morning.

Based in the USA, Rhys spends time back in New Zealand each year.

Better than your average blockbuster.... Nobody does it better. The Scotsman

Rhys Darby does all his own stunts and special effects, and theme music ...and about a dozen characters.

The Dominion

Darby stands out in a funny crowd.

Evening Standard

Rhys Darby is amazing.

New Zealand Herald

A storming performance... Astounding physical humour.

Time Out, London
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