From solider to intrepid adventurer and cryptozoologist, Rhys Darby has done it all and now he’s heading to Oamaru to share his tales.
Mr Darby will be performing at the Oamaru Opera House next May as part of his country-wide tour Rhys Darby: Mr Adventure.
The show looks at his adventures around the world including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, visiting gorillas in Rwanda and searching for the Loch Ness monster.
Mr Darby said his love for adventure came from reading The Adventures of Tintin as a child.
As a young man, he joined the army then left to become a journalist and follow in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Tintin.
During his degree Mr Darby started to find his feet in terms of comedy and performance which became his ticket to travelling the world.
Over the last few years, intentionally or by opportunity, he had been on a few exciting adventures.
The comedian fell in love with Africa when he went to Rwanda to see the gorillas.
“Ever since I was a child I was obsessed with African animals and safaris,” he said.
As an avid lover of cryptozoology the adventurer has been around the world searching for hidden animals such as the Loch Ness monster and the Yeti.
These animals intrigued him, he liked the adventure element of finding out whether they existed or not, said Mr Darby.
Earlier in the year he found out the hard way he was not destined to be a mountaineer after climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with a sore throat.
The experience was absolutely amazing, but very tough as it was a real struggle once he got up into the atmosphere, he said.
However, once he got to the top he was an emotional mess and could not believe he was really up there, said Mr Darby.
Descending the mountain was when the fun began, he was walking with rower Mahé Drysdale and was able to walk at a great pace, he said.
The show looks at his adventures over the years with a mix of stand-up comedy and a bit of acting with Mr Darby playing some of the characters and beasts he has come across.
Rhys Darby: Mr Adventure will be performed at the Oamaru Opera House on Tuesday, May 27.
Visit www.ticketdirect.co.nz to purchase tickets.
By RUBY HARFIELD