2019 Featured Speaker: Rhys Darby
Rhys Darby is an actor, writer, and stand-up comedian from New Zealand.
Best known as Murray from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Steve in TBS’s Wrecked, Darby has starred in a plethora of TV shows from The X-Files to Voltron: Legendary Defender, and in movies such as Yes Man and Jumanji.
An ex-soldier in the New Zealand army and a veteran of 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Darby made his feature film debut in Yes Man. He went on to star in films like The Boat that Rocked (Pirate Radio). Most recently he was seen in the Taika Waititi’s films What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
Darby is never far from his stand-up roots. His stand-up 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 humor 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 four stand-up specials: Imagine That! (2008), It’s Rhys Darby Night! (2011), This Way to Spaceship, (2012) and I’m a Fighter Jet (2017). This Way to Spaceship was based on his debut novel of the same name, “A Loosely Autobiographical End-Of-World Companion” in 2012. It was No. 1 in the international charts for seven weeks. His second book, this one for kids, The Top Secret Undercover Notes of Buttons McGinty was released in 2018.
In between his huge adventures, Darby is based in Los Angeles with his family, where they like to hike and eat tacos. You will also see him appear on other shows like Life in Pieces, Modern Family, and the new TMNT reboot.