Rhys Darby first gained attention in the United States as Murray in HBO's Flight of the Conchords. This was not a new role for him, having first appeared in the same role on the BBC Radio Show of the same name.
An ex-soldier in the New Zealand Army and a veteran of fifteen years as a standup comedian, Darby made his feature film debut in Yes Man. He went on to feature as one of the DJ's in The Boat that Rocked. He has since completed two lead roles in romantic comedies, Coming and Going opposite Sasha Alexander (NCIS) and Lovebirds opposite Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins.
Darby is never far from his standup roots. His standup has been described as a sensational blend of sound effects, characterizations and askew observations. His career has taken him from his homeland of New Zealand, to the U.K. and beyond. He has performed his unique brand of humour in places as far flung as Iceland to the Falkland Islands, and in festivals from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Montreal’s Just for Laughs.
Rhys has two standup DVD’s, Imagine That! Filmed in Los Angeles in 2008, and It’s Rhys Darby Night! Filmed in Auckland in 2010.
Darby is excited about the release of his debut novel This Way to Spaceship, “A loosely autobiorgraphical end of world companion” this April. He then plans to tour the live show version in New Zealand and the UK.
Darby is based in Los Angeles and spends his time off at home in New Zealand with his wife and two young sons.