Rhys Darby — aka Murray from Flight of the Conchords — is bringing his new stand-up show to Brisbane.
Darby became a household name (well, assuming you live in a reasonably switched-on household) after starring as Murray, the band manager in above his head, on HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.
Now based in LA, the NZ talent has starred in shows like The X-Files and Netflix’s Voltron revival, and films like What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Yes Man.
He also performs stand-up comedy around the world, and that’s what’s bringing Darby back to Oz.
There is a certain formula to a good Rhys Darby stand-up set — acute observations and stand-up cocooned in a fantastical, deeply silly story — and this show is no exception.
In Mystic Time Bird, the comedian turns to the world of ancient mysticism to find answers to the world’s problems. In doing so, he discovers that he was a bird in a past life, and this knowledge takes him down an unexpected path.
With this show, Darby promises to address the big questions. “Are we truly free in this day and age,” he asks, “or is alien technology guiding us to an even greater cage?”
Oh, and there’s plenty of physical comedy and weird sound effects, too.
This is a rare opportunity to see Darby in the wild — he’s currently filming the Jumanji sequel with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, Netflix’s Lemony Snicket, Whose Line is it Anyway Australia and more, so it could be a long time before he graces a Brisbane stage again.
Rhys Darby will play Brisbane City Hall on Sunday 20 August. Tickets go on sale from 9am on Tuesday 13 June at ticketek.com.au.