Rhys Darby has one of the funniest shows you will see on stage in Australia this year. He even has a hard time upstaging his opening act – himself.
Darby kicks off the show in character as park ranger Bill Napier, who also doubles as the comics bouncer. The bumbling Napier does his best to try out a few pick-up lines of ladies in the audience before returning backstage to protect the star of the show from over-excited fans.
When Darby does come out he delivered almost two hours of stories. Rhys Darby isn’t a one-liner comedian, nor is he topically. Rhys is Rhys. Instead of a series of jokes, Darby tells a succession of situations from his experiences in upgrading his fashion sense to skinny jeans, the affect of still carrying a wallet in the back pocket, the unfortunate dance moves that earned him a wife and how his life and wife have evolved after 10 years of marriage.
Watching Rhys Darby tell his stories is like listening to a whole series of sitcom plots unfold one after the other.
Darby is well-known for his television roles including Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family. He also had starring roles in Yes Man with Jim Carrey and The Boat That Rocked with Bill Nighy and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Darby is in Australia for Just For Laughs at the Sydney Opera House this week and is doing the rounds of the nation performing his own shows. Saturday night at Melbourne’s The Forum was the very first show of the tour.
Rhys Darby will perform a second show tonight (Sunday) in Melbourne and as well as Just For Laughs in Sydney will also head to Perth and Brisbane.
Rhys Darby dates
October 11 and 12, Melbourne, The Forum
October 13 and 14, Perth, Astor Theatre
October 16, Brisbane, The Tivoli
October 17, Sydney, Sydney Opera House (Just For Laughs)
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