Tales of awe at Darby gig
It's performing in the small Kiwi towns that Blenheim-bound comic Rhys Darby is most looking forward to this year.
New Zealand's comedy superstar is set for his sell-out show in Blenheim on Monday night at the Floor Pride Civic Theatre as part of his Mr Adventure tour which has been garnering five-star reviews around the country.
Expect tales of awe from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, wild wonderment as he describes the gorillas in Rwanda, and how he stalked the fabled Chupacabra monster in Texas.
Darby said he hoped his misadventures would prove inspirational to the Blenheim audience.
"It's the heart of New Zealand and that's really important," Darby said.
"There are teenage boys and girls and it's more important to them to go, ‘He can do this, I can do that too, and have those kind of adventures.' That's even more pertinent."
Penning the gig has been a labour of love for the comedian.
"I've been writing this show since time began," Darby laughed.
"Without giving too much away, it's about the adventures I've been on in my life. But the show will be an adventure in itself."
Darby is supported by Cornish Rappers Hedluv + Passman, who made their NZ debut in 2013. They have thrilled audiences with their lo-fi casio rap and hilarious onstage personas.