2022 marked Rhys Darby’s silver jubilee in standup comedy, so he has been taking a look at all his favorite material for the past quarter century. Rhys will be bringing this retrospective show to the East Coast of the USA and the UK this autumn for a limited run.

When asked about it, Rhys said, “you’ve seen my standup, now see it again!”

Darby is one of NZ’s most successful comedy exports. Starting in Christchurch in the 90s, he has performed his unique style of storytelling all over the world. Ten years into his career North American discovered him via Flight of the Conchords. He has starred in blockbusters like the Jumanji franchise, indie hits like Hunt for the Wilder People and is currently starring in Our Flag Means Death with longtime collaborator Taika Waititi.

Rhys is never far from his standup roots. He has released five comedy specials and this show will draw from all five of them. In addition to stand-up and acting, he has also written four books, This Way to Spaceship, a loosely autobiographical novel, and three kid’s books about his alter ego Buttons McGinty. He also has a regular podcast, The Cryptid Factor, which is all about cryptozoology, the science of hidden animals.

Due to the show’s content, ages 16+ are recommended

I am so excited to share the news that I have a children’s book coming out!  It is for 8 to 12 year olds (or anyone really).  It is out digitally worldwide or you can get hard copies in Australia and NZ from October 1.

You can pre-order here, Mighty Ape in NZ will even ship worldwide!




Hi guys!

We are taking Mystic Time Bird to Toronto this Saturday September 23.  Check out the JFL site for details.  I will be performing standup at Second City too.  And, I will be bringing Mystic Time Bird to Los Angeles!  YAY!  See the gig guide for details (it is Octoebr 17 at Largo at Coronet).

Very excited that I have just enough time to bring my Mystic Time Bird show to Australia this August!  Head over to the gigs page to get ticket details.  I will be heading to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.


Be the first to get tickets from the presale ,11AM this Thursday 8 June through till Monday June 12 at 5PM.

General Public Onsale is from Tuesday 13 June at 9AM

Tickets are flying out the door to Rhys Darby’s new show Mystic Time Bird.

Extra shows have now been added in Wellington and Christchurch, and Darby has added two new towns to the list too.  He will take his new show to Westport and Ashburton, both towns that he has not toured to before.

When asked why, he replied “they asked nicely, and I am excited to visit as much of NZ as possible this tour! I can’t wait!”

Darby is currently filming season 2 of the US sitcom Wrecked.  He also stars in Jumanji, the sequel to the original, out in December.  You can see him on Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Voltron.  He is based in Los Angeles when not filming on tropical islands.

GREYMOUTH 4/7/17 Regent Theatre Eventfinda
WESTPORT 5/7/17 NBS Theatre Ticketdirect
BLENHEIM 6/7/17 MCTT Ticketdirect
WELLINGTON 9/7/ 17- 10/7/17 Opera House Ticketek
AUCKLAND 13/7/17 ASB Theatre Ticketmaster
WHANGAREI 17/7/17 Forum North Ticketek
PALMERSTON NORTH 18/7/17 Regent on Broadway Ticketdirect
ASHUBURTON 27/7/17 Ashburton Trust Event Centre Ticketdirect
CHRISTCHURCH 28/7/17- 29/7/17 Isaac Theatre Royal Ticketek
QUEENSTOWN 2/8/17 Municipal Theatre Eventfinda
OAMARU 3/8/17 Oamaru Opera House Ticketdirect
DUNEDIN 4/8/17 Regent Theatre Ticketdirect
INVERCARGILL 5/8/17 Civic Theatre Ticketdirect
NELSON 7/8/17-8/8/17 Theatre Royal Ticketdirect
NEW PLYMOUTH 11-Aug TSB Showplace Ticketek
HAMILTON 12/8/17 Claudelands Ticketek
TAURANGA 13/8/17 Baycourt Ticketek
GISBORNE 14/8/17 Municipal Theatre Ticketdirect
NAPIER 15/8/17 Municipal Theatre Ticketek


Hi all,

We are thrilled to announce a full NZ Tour for July and August next year!  We will be visiting a huge number of places, including two new ones, Gisborne and Queenstown.  The show is called Mystic Time Bird, and you can get in on the presale on Tuesday December 5 using the codeword ROBOT.  Keep checking back the next few days and I will be putting the shows and links in the gig guide.



Thursday August 18 at Largo at Coronet in Los Angeles

It’s been a few months (as I have been travelling, working and so on) but we are back!  The Funny Things Society will reconvene at the Largo this month.  Come along for stand-up comedy guests, some sketch comedy and general funniness with all the comics.


Hey guys!

I will be hosting a show at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday September 10.  It’ll be me, and a few of my friends from around the world, it’ll be stand-up comedy, and a few sketches and a lot of fun!