Conchords star flies in


Flight of the Conchords funnyman Rhys Darby will star at this year’s Winter Festival.

He’ll bring his full-on humour to the American Express Great Comedy Debate at the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown on June 29.

Darby – best known for playing band manager Murray Hewitt in the hit TV show – will tackle the issue ‘Should there be more Women on Top’ at the showpiece event.

He’ll join a lineup featuring Dai Henwood, Te Radar, Oliver Driver, Paul Ego, MC Jeremy Corbett and local funnygirl Emma Lange.

Kiwi comic Darby stars in current Emma Thompson movie The Boat That Rocked and had Hollywood success alongside

Jim Carrey in the box office smash Yes Man.

“The Comedy Debate is always a highlight of the festival and this year is definitely going to be one of those stand-out nights,” director Sally Feinerman says.

“With such a dynamic and eclectic lineup of high-calibre performers, you can expect a night of non-stop laughs.”
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Being Murray: Rhys Darby’s best lines

I’m a good manager! Remember your first gig? I said ‘Face the front’ and you did. You haven’t looked back since then, have you?’

‘ I’m so livid with you turkeys. You’re like a couple of cool-lookin’ idiots’

‘You get a love triangle, you know, a Fleetwood Mac situation. Although there was four of them, so more of a love square’

‘Look, if you’re gonna have some sort of rap name … just be careful you don’t do a drive-by’

‘ I’m not embarrassed to admit this, but I can’t really put my emotions into words … so I decided to use lyrics’

‘You’ll be offered drugs, you know, you’ll have threesomes, dinners, you know you’ll end up going into town on a taxi, have a couple a drugs, have dinner, have a threesome, go home again, have a shower, go out again, more drugs, more threesomes … happens all the time!’