Rhys Darby talks stand-up, spacesuits and yetis
WED, 04 NOV 2009 5:31P.M.
By David Farrier New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby (NZPA)
New Zealand comic Rhys Darby may appear to spend the bulk of his time acting in American movies but he says he is still a stand up guy when it comes to keeping things local.
Darby has now embarked on a comedy tour of the North and South Islands, with a brand of humour that is sometimes out of this world.
Darby has rocketed in fame in recent years, ascending to heights of an international movie star. But the comic says he prefers to keep things local... and a bit weird.
When Darby is not hosting a George FM radio show about yetis, he can be found in a spacesuit, or doing stand-up in Pukekohe.
It's hard to take a man in a spacesuit seriously, but Darby says the suit has its uses.
â€œThis is not a dress, itâ€™s my space uniform,â€ he says.
Darbyâ€™s appeal stretches worldwide, the comedian managing to sell out shows wherever he goes, whether it is Edinburgh or Dunedin.
â€œIt was a great show - the biggest Iâ€™ve ever done in New Zealand,â€ he says of the Dunedin show.
Darby says he likes to think of himself as an actor that practises â€œrealismâ€, even sometimes to his detriment.
â€œI have an issue with realism, and I go too strongly into the belief what I am doing is actual, so Iâ€™ve knocked over the odd set wall thinking it was real,â€ he says.
His latest movie Coming and Going is currently in post production in the US, and the bust Kiwi is now working on a new TV show called Ra De Ra De Ra with other talented New Zealanders like Taika Waititi.
As for the stand-up, Darby says he is looking forward to hitting more locations like Christchurch and Pukekohe and enjoying the excited faces in the audience.
â€œSome are a little too excited, one sicked up," says Darby.
Darby taking refuge in the fact that a show must be good if the audience is vomiting.