A new flight for ex-army stand-up
BACK when he was knee-deep in mud, burdened down by his army pack and being shouted at by his commanding officer, Rhys Darby might not have imagined he would end up in stand-up.
But fittingly for a funnyman his life has thrown up a number of surreal chapters he can dip into for material, he says.
"I just watched too many 1980s war movies: Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Hamburger Hill; I just wanted a piece of that.
"There was certainly a lot of abuse and holding very heavy artillery shells above my head and running through swamps. I was good at marching, but apart from that I just seemed to make people laugh.
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"I probably should have joined the scouts but I went straight into the real army."
Luckily, he missed out on deployment and later he went into the altogether more peaceful pursuit of comedy.
Then came another surreal happening — working with his hero, the gurning actor Jim Carrey, on the film Yes Man after getting his biggest break in Flight of the Conchords.
His latest show, This Way To The Spaceship lands at Swansea's Grand Theatre on Monday, at 8pm.