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Rhys Darby


Rhys Montague Darby (born March 21, 1974, Height: 5 ft 10.5 inches (1.79 m)) is a New Zealand actor and comedian whose infectious energy and quirky physical humor have endeared him to audiences worldwide. Darby hails from Auckland, New Zealand, where he honed his comedic chops early on. He served in the New Zealand Army before embarking on a performing career. In 1996, he formed the comedy duo "Rhysently Granted" with Grant Lobban, quickly carving a niche for their unique brand of humor. Darby's solo stand-up routines, characterized by vibrant storytelling, mime, and hilarious sound effects, garnered him recognition and two Billy T Award nominations. Darby's international breakthrough came in 2007 with the HBO comedy series "Flight of the Conchords." Playing Murray Hewitt, the hapless yet enthusiastic manager of the titular New Zealand folk-comedy duo, Darby delivered a scene-stealing performance that earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase. Since "Flight of the Conchords," Darby has showcased his versatility across film, television, and voice acting. He's appeared in films like "Yes Man," "The Boat That Rocked," and "What We Do in the Shadows," often injecting his signature comedic flair into supporting roles. On television, he's had recurring roles in shows like "Short Poppies," "Wrecked," and most recently, Taika Waititi's pirate comedy "Our Flag Means Death." He's also lent his voice to animated characters in "Voltron: Legendary Defender" and "Moana." Darby's comedic persona is a delightful blend of the absurd and the relatable. He masterfully crafts stories about everyday situations, inflating them with hilarious exaggeration and quirky observations. His energetic stage presence and ability to create humor out of thin air make him a live-wire performer, both on stage and screen. Beyond acting, Darby is also a musician and writer. He released his debut comedy album, "Rhys Darby Live," in 2012, and has written for various comedy shows and publications.