Rhys Darby (3 stars)

This article is from 2009

Rhys Darby

Crafty characters and weird sound effects

In case anyone had forgotten which country brought us Bret, Jemaine and Murray from Flight of the Conchords, Rhys Darby aka band manager Murray, opened with a Crowded House song. Grinning like a dolphin, banging his heart with pride and lip-synching ‘Hey Now’, the New Zealand Consulate would have been teary-eyed if they’d seen it. There’s plenty more Kiwi pride too; Darby brings three dopey new characters to his one-man show, all with the accent that’s created so much confusion for him; with voice recognition phones in America, and ordering cabs especially.

He’s keen to remind his audience (mostly FotC fans, as a crowd cheer shows) that he built his stand-up career before the Conchords’ rocket took off, and is not just a one-trick pony. No sir, he’s also a dinosaur, a robot and a bluebottle fly being resuscitated by a tiny ambulance, as he drops in the impressive sound effects that were his trademark before people started shouting ‘band meeting’ at him. As lovable and sincere as Murray, but with many more skills, and a surreal twist, finally it seems Darby’s spaceship has come in.

Udderbelly’s Pasture, 08445 458 252, until 15 Aug, 10pm, £15 (£14).

Rhys Darby: It's Rhys Darby Night

Last seen on TV as Murray in HBO's' Flight of the Conchords '. In films' Yes Man' and' The Boat That Rocked '. Watch Rhys live in his new show full of characters and stand-up.