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Rhys Darby

This Way to Spaceship

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If the world is ending this year Rhys Darby has a plan. He’s fairly sure the superpowers each have a spaceship ready to launch on the eve of Armageddon. The trick is… to get onboard!

This new stand-up show accompanies the release of Rhys’ first novel, This Way to Spaceship, a handy autobiographical end of world companion. Hear how NZ’s biggest stand-up comic went from meek geek to king of cool.

With Support Act Steve Hughes

Rhys Darby appears in conversation talking about his new book This Way To Spaceship with Tim Wilson on Sat 12 May as part of the Auckland Writers & Readers Festival.  www.writersfestival.co.nz

Due to demand we have added another show on Fri 11 May at 5pm at SKYCITY Theatre. Tickets go on sale on Friday 27 of April at 9am.

 

Showing In:

Auckland Wellington

Dates:

Tue 8 - Sat 12 May, 8pm & EXTRA SHOW on Fri 11 May at 5pm

Venues:

SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland

Tickets:

Adults $46.00
Conc. $41.00
Groups 6+ $41.00* service fees may apply

Bookings:

0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

2 hours
 

Critics Review

Darren Bevan, TVNZ.co.nz'Rhys' defining moment comes when he tells the crowd "Keep rocking your own styles - eventually someone will dig it". Yes, Mr Darby, we will - because with you as our extremely affable role model, our chief mirthmeister and much loved Kiwi icon, we know that charisma, charm and comic perfection are something to really aspire to.'open/close
To say Rhys' return to the NZ International Comedy Festival is much anticipated would be an understatement.

With a packed Sky City theatre and extra dates added, you can tell there's still a lot of love for this self professed dick.

The show kicks off with ranger Bill Napier heading to the stage to get us all warmed up for the main attraction - and the crowd is onside from the very start. With pauses and then punchlines, this character's still a winner for all concerned.

Also, a big winner is support Steve Hughes. He impressed at the Comedy Gala and is starring in his own show at the festival - and based on tonight's performance, it's one you really do have to see. This Aussie comic looks like a chilled out hippy death metal enthusiast but his vibe is seriously good fun. With dry and droll delivery, whimsical and intelligent material, he's got the crowd eating out of his hand as he espouses views on Australia, the "vortex of silence" when playing to Dutch crowds and a very funny sequence over health and safety. Hughes is a commanding performer and a towering talent - when you're still laughing at his gags after an hour of Rhys, you know that's pretty damn good going for a support act.

As for Rhys, well, what can I say that hasn't already been said?

A warm self effacing presence with a clear joy for what he's doing, he basks in the glow of being on stage as he weaves smart gags with physical japery throughout his stand up.

The setting this year is some material from his new book This Way To Spaceship about the worries over the world ending in December 2012 - and it begins with Rhys standing on stage looking a little akin to the Stig from Top Gear as he wakes to find himself in a spaceship. A Conchordian voiceover from a shipboard computer gives a thrill to the audience but it doesn't detract from Rhys' comic prowess.

There's a nice autobiographical feel to his show as well - I think we're all pretty familiar from how he went from lonely geek to well, popular geek but Rhys makes this adventure inclusive via his storytelling; by his lampoonery and lunacy, he makes you feel like it's ok to be slightly different and how ultimately, you do win the day.

Sure, there are his patented sound effects - including some very funny horses at dressage - but this material reduces the audience to fits of laughter as it's presented with a warm deftness that is both endearing and highly amusing.
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Granted, a sequence about being an outsider at school may ring truer to some than others (I'm looking at me here) but the Stand By Me style adventure he has with his small (but hella cool) gang of mates is the stuff of pure comic geekery. It's given warmth and such feeling that you can't help but be swept up by Rhys' performance; sure, he's throwing a show on here but he's enjoying every minute of it - and as the audience laps up every second, it's clear he can do no wrong.

Rhys' defining moment comes when he tells the crowd "Keep rocking your own styles - eventually someone will dig it". Yes, Mr Darby, we will - because with you as our extremely affable role model, our chief mirthmeister and much loved Kiwi icon, we know that charisma, charm and comic perfection are something to really aspire to.

Do yourself a favour; beg, borrow or steal the chance to board this spaceship - and Steve Hughes - because the journey is one hell of a great feel good comic ride.

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Sarah
Rhys' incredible ability to tell a story through his humour - to have little skits and jokes that ultimately come together and mean something at the end, is fantastic. He is such a clever comic in this sense.
It is also refreshing to see how grounded he is, despite his amazing successes overseas - after the show, he hung around in the foyer and happily signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans from the audience - I was lucky enough to get a photo with him, and we exchanged a few words. This man is incredibly funny, clever and intelligent - but also friendly and kind. NZ, we should be so proud of this man! Everyone should see him live at least once.
Karen
Rhys was pure brilliance - or awesomeness! Loved every second.