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Rhys Darby : biography

21 March 1974 -

Rhys Darby (born 21 March 1974) is an actor and comedian from New Zealand, known for his energetic physical comedy routines, telling stories accompanied with mime and sound effects of things such as machinery and animals. Darby was nominated for the Billy T Award in 2001 and 2002. He also won the 2012 Fred (Dagg) award at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, for Best NZ show.

Darby is best known for playing Murray Hewitt, the band manager of Flight of the Conchords in the HBO television series, a role he originally played in the BBC radio series under the name Brian Nesbit.



Year Titles Role
2007–2009 Flight of the Conchords Murray Hewitt
2009 The Jaquie Brown Diaries Terence Ben’et
2009 Comedy Showcase The Amazing Dermot Dermot Flint
2010 Radiradirah Multiple Characters
2011 How to Be a Gentleman Mike
2011 Comedy Showcase The Fun Police Leslie
2012 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Percy


Year Titles Role
2008 Yes Man Norman
2009 The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio) Angus 'The Nut' Nutford
2009 Diagnosis: Death 'Specialist'
2011 Coming and Going Lee Leonetti
2011 Love Birds Doug

Television Appearances

Year Titles Role
2001–2002 Billy T Award Himself
2005 Mighty Truck Of Stuff Himself
2006 The Slammer Himself
2007–2008 Sounds Like a Laugh Himself
2008 Yo Gabba Gabba! Himself
2008 The Comedy Store Live Himself
2009 Rocked the Nation 2: 100 NZ Pop Culture Moments Himself
2009 Spicks and Specks Himself
2009 Thank God You're Here Himself
2009 ROVE Himself
2009 Intrepid Journeys Himself
2009–2012 7 Days Himself
2010 The Qantas TV and Film Awards Host
2011 A Quiet Word With ... Himself
2011 The Rob Brydon Show Himself
2012 Mad Mad World Himself
2012 Sunday Brunch Himself
2012 The Comedy Marathon Spectacular Himself
2012 QI Himself

Life and career

A former soldier (signaller trained in morse code), he left the New Zealand Army in 1994 and began studies at the University of Canterbury. In 1996 he formed a comedy duo, Rhysently Granted, with Grant Lobban. After winning an open mic contest at Southern Blues Bar in Christchurch they began performing at local venues. Rhysently Granted performed at two international comedy festivals which led to Darby moving up to Auckland to seek more solo stand-up experience. After performing his first solo show at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Darby moved to the UK to pursue his career further. At the same time, fellow Kiwis and friends Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement were dipping their toes in the waters at the Edinburgh Fringe.

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