Arts & Entertainment

Rhys Darby

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Internationally celebrated New Zealand comic, Rhys Darby, will entertain audiences at Sydney’s Opera House as part of Just For Laughs.

Darby, who rose to fame as Murray Hewitt on television series Flight of the Conchords, has been doing stand-up for 19 years: “I’m definitely comfortable on the stage, it’s what I’m used to. I started it in 1995 at university with a comedy club.”

He says: “Stand-up is very much in the moment. I really enjoy comedy and the idea of making laughter happen. It’s a concept for me that I feel the most natural doing.”

Darby is known for his high energy onstage, continuously experimenting with characterisation and sound effects: “My comedy is a mixture of funny sketch ideas, which I perform on my own, playing various characters. It also consists of observations I have of life and situations I find myself in.”

The comedian relies on a small notebook to document material: “If it makes me laugh, I’ll write it down. I put the material together and let people look into a window of my life, and how I see the world.”

He continues: “The Opera House is definitely the most iconic venue I’ve done, so I’m really looking forward to getting there and doing a full show.” (GF)

Oct 17, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Pt, $69.90, (02) 9250 777, sydneyoperahouse.com

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