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Rhys Darby is the genre-breaking, boundary leaping comic genius from New Zealand.
His sensational blend of sound effects, characterizations 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 storytelling with physical theatre Rhys has developed a truly unique style of comedy performances.
This year, Rhys is performing his third solo show, 'Based On Actual Events' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Rhys will be performing at the Pleasance Courtyard.
"Better than your average blockbuster... Nobody does it better" - The Scotsman
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.
"Rhys Darby does all his own stunts and special effects, and theme music and about a dozen characters." -The Dominion (NZ)
Four international comedy festival shows, three sold out national stand-up tours and more than half a dozen television appearances each year combined with numerous awards and award nominations left him wanting more than New Zealand had to offer.
"Rhys Darby is amazing." - New Zealand Herald
In 2002 he performed his first solo show at 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 ("Darby stands out in a funny crowd" -Evening Standard). Straight away he was signed up for work at prestigious clubs including The Comedy Store and Jongleurs and because his material has such a universal appeal he has been scooped up and requested for performances in many other countries including Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Iceland, The Falklands and more recently the Middle East, to name but a few. Rhys also performed at the world famous Montreal Comedy Festival in 2005 as part of the 'Down Under' showcase.
"A storming performance... Astounding physical humour" - Time Out
Darby's show, 'Jekyll and Hyde 2030AD' was well received at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival and after garnering numerous rave reviews, ("Hilarious" - Chortle.co.uk, "Astonishing" - The Observer) the New Zealand Arts Forum brought Rhys home for a season at the sought after and highly prestigious Herald Theatre, Auckland in 2005.
Last year Rhys performed in a highly anticipated radio show with The Flight of the Concords in which he played their manager Brian Nesbitt. He has also starred in three international television adverts, including the lead role in a science fiction Toyota ad and the only part in 2 commercials for Dairylea Dunkers.
- The Comedy Store (Series 6)