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Review: Rhys Darby, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
10:14am Monday 2nd July 2012 in Reviews
COMEDIAN, writer and actor Rhys Darby affirmed his near cult status with a warm and hilarious show at Bournemouth Pavilion.
The New Zealander is well known as the popular character Murray Hewitt in the television comedy Flight of the Conchords, shown on BBC Four.
He did not reprise that role, where he plays the agent of a Kiwi folk double act in New York, but no one was disappointed.
His cheeky grin and instantly likeable nature was a hit from the second he walked on stage, firstly to introduce the show by playing the character of New Zealand ranger John Napier, and when he reappeared as himself.
On the first night of his This Way to Spaceship tour his tales of being part of a group of “geeky” school friends back in Adelaide had everyone laughing.
Especially when he described his disappointing meeting with a careers advisor where he was told that as he was in New Zealand he could not use the sound effects skills he was showing in a job but must be a farmer or work on the Lord of the Rings films.
Perhaps the biggest laughs were saved for the dance moves he showed off from his teenage years, before the ovation at the end turned to a steady hand clap and he used the moves again to dance off stage.