Mystic Time Bird winging to Gisborne

FLIGHT INTO THE ABSURD: Comedian Rhys Darby is bringing his show Mystic Time Bird to Gisborne. Picture supplied

POSSIBLY shagged out following a prolonged squawk like the Norwegian Blue in Monty Python’s parrot sketch, Mystic Time Bird comedian Rhys Darby needs to preserve his voice, which means he is not available for an interview. So we’re going to have to wing it.

Soon to alight on the War Memorial Theatre stage, Darby’s show Mystic Time Bird had an appropriately out-of-left-field inspiration. Darby hit an existential wall during filming for Jumanji in Hawaii. He was so overwhelmed with everything happening in his life that he went to see a mystic in the forest.

“He told me, in a previous life, I was a bird,” Darby told presenters on TV3 morning show The Cafe.

“I started having freaky dreams. This is what this comedy show is all about.”

Although he will only reveal what sort of bird he was in the show, Darby is no stranger to the ornithological. Flight Of The Conchords, Thunderbirds Are Go, Love Birds and Peacock Season are some of the avian-related shows the comedian has been involved with.

In Mystic Time Bird, Darby turns to ancient mysticism to find answers to questions such as: “Are we truly free in this day and age or is alien technology guiding us into an even greater trap?”

A serious subject, except the discovery he was a bird in a past life takes Darby, and the audience, on a journey into the surreal, and unusual noises.

POSSIBLY shagged out following a prolonged squawk like the Norwegian Blue in Monty Python’s parrot sketch, Mystic Time Bird comedian Rhys Darby needs to preserve his voice, which means he is not available for an interview. So we’re going to have to wing it.

Soon to alight on the War Memorial Theatre stage, Darby’s show Mystic Time Bird had an appropriately out-of-left-field inspiration. Darby hit an existential wall during filming for Jumanji in Hawaii. He was so overwhelmed with everything happening in his life that he went to see a mystic in the forest.

“He told me, in a previous life, I was a bird,” Darby told presenters on TV3 morning show The Cafe.

“I started having freaky dreams. This is what this comedy show is all about.”

Although he will only reveal what sort of bird he was in the show, Darby is no stranger to the ornithological. Flight Of The Conchords, Thunderbirds Are Go, Love Birds and Peacock Season are some of the avian-related shows the comedian has been involved with.

In Mystic Time Bird, Darby turns to ancient mysticism to find answers to questions such as: “Are we truly free in this day and age or is alien technology guiding us into an even greater trap?”

A serious subject, except the discovery he was a bird in a past life takes Darby, and the audience, on a journey into the surreal, and unusual noises.

Rhys Darby, Mystic Time Bird, War Memorial Theatre, August 14 (8pm). Tickets available from TicketDirect and Stephen Jones Photography.

Rhys Darby factoids
■ A New Zealand Army signaller trained in Morse code, Rhys Montague Darby left the armed forces in 1994 — four years before the dot-dash communication system was scrapped.
■ Darby formed comedy duo, Rhysently Granted, with Grant Lobban in 1996.
■ He performed his first solo show at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
■ He appeared in the Flight of the Conchords BBC radio series in 2004 as the band’s manager Brian Nesbit — a name changed to Murray Hewitt in the Conchords television series.
■ In the Murray Takes It to the Next Level episode of Flight of the Conchords, Darby calls his hair colour Electric Copper. He refers to this in his stand-up show It’s Rhys Darby Night.
■ In a previous life, Darby was a bird.

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