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Episode 496 - Rhys Darby

Flight of the Conchords’ Rhys Darby drops by the garage to give Marc a crash course in New Zealand beyond the Lord of the Rings movies and the abundant shellfish. Rhys also talks about his stand-up career and the opportunities it has afforded him, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and having encounters with rare gorillas. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, HostGator, Stamps.com and Warby Parker.

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  • 15 Comments


Stuart May 12, 2014 at 5:18 am


I love Jon Favreau. He seems like a really genuine and nice person which is pretty rare for someone so successful. Saw your TV show finally. It’s good, but you aren’t as appealing on TV as on radio. It’s one thing to listen to your life and it’s another to see it. Seeing you with that young woman was really creepy. If you dated my daughter I’d punch the crap out of you. That said, your TV show is amazingly well written. It was really, really funny.

AEdou May 12, 2014 at 3:09 pm


You know Marc, there are countries outside the US, small ones, bigger ones. Even the small ones deserve some respect.

I know you don’t mean it like that, but your constant chuckling at everything happening in New Zealand (simply because it’s : small, far, somewhat strange to you and insignificant), really got on my nerves.

I realize you feel really out of your element even in the freaking UK (seeing you in India would be priceless), but please keep an open mind and learn about the world,

seigfried roy < sigmund freud May 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm


Sharon Stone’s apparent dismissiveness of your presence may have felt a bit emasculating. Of course, you may have been projecting dismissiveness onto a sexualized “mother” figure. Nonetheless, this manifested in your dreams as the disappearance of your man-coats, your professional, defensive shield to protect vulnerabilities against psychological threats. Does your mom ever criticize your attire?

jane May 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm


I LOVE RHYS DARBY!! So glad you had him on the show. I am adding Short Poppies to my Netflix list post haste! Of course, I rival Mel as a FOTC superfan so I wouldn’t have minded a bit more Conchords talk, but I liked the episode. I would also like to note that I did not take your tone during the interview as arrogant (as suggested above). It just sounded like you were enjoying the interview and perhaps a bit of Rhys’ silliness was rubbing off on you. It always amuses me how seriously some of your fans can take 2 comedians talking about comedy.

Annie May 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm


Jesus, no wonder you wanted to ditch the comment section. I think they may have actually gotten worse since you threatened to remove them!

Robert May 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm


I can see why you wouldn’t want to read the comments.

Charles Lawson May 13, 2014 at 4:54 pm


Loved the Rhys Darby interview. It’s one of your best for sure. Darby is always on judging by this and his recent nerdist appearance. Love the show.

Joe Tily May 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm


Rhys Darby is brilliant . . . i’ve watched Short Poppies and loved it.  It reminded me of ‘Coogan’s Run’ by Steve Coogan and ‘That Peter Kay Thing’ by Peter Kay.  He really makes the format fresh and interesting . . . the last episode is especially cleverly written.  Check it out!

Greg May 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm


The difference between art and craft is intention (meaning), which sucks because the only one who will ever really know if a piece is one or the other is the creator, and they’re mostly full of it.

Diane May 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm


Getting dissed by Sharon Stone? Consider it a compliment.  That self important nitwit is comedically challenged. She doesn’t have enough of her own talent so she has to siphon it off of those with a bigger celebrity profile.  She’s a fame vampire, someone too mainstream to understand your special brand of humour.

Anonymouse May 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm


Great episode!  I could listen to Rhys all day; he’s hilarious. Thanks for making my Monday!

Liz May 16, 2014 at 3:29 pm


Really did not get the arrogance as suggested by that person above, think it says more about them…
Just seemed like you were having a good time with Rhys, his delivery would make anyone giggle. In fact, the admission of your ignorance is anything BUT arrogant!
Great episode!

Christine May 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm


Great interviews as usual with Favreau and Rhys Darby.  Who gives a shit who Sharon Stone recognizes and doesn’t recognize?  She is probably completely out of the loop in regards to comedy or anything else current, for that matter.  What’s she known for?  Her crotch flash in Basic Instinct.  Nobody under 35 would recognize her.

Smitty June 02, 2014 at 6:20 am


i’m quite far removed from being successful,but i’d say that not a small amount of “successful” people are kind and decent;especially,people in the arts;those in industry,are mostly another sort of animal.  in RT Stuart up top…..

Julie June 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm


Marc! Don’t know you in person, but I really enjoy your podcast and thanks to the intimacy of radio, I’ve come to care about your problems. That’s why it makes me sad to hear you being so anxious about food at the beginning of the hour. Pastrami sandwiches, burgers, fries, ice cream are PERFECTLY OK.  Enjoy that!! They really aren’t bad for you, contrary to all the orthorexia that L.A. is steeped in. Despite what all the aspiring anorexics of L.A. think, just eating enough and being happy and satisfied is so much more important than trying to micromanage every bite. So long as it’s not the all-Doritos-all-the-time diet, it’s all good. You’ve talked about your mom’s eating disorder before ... these things run in families. Believe it or not, it’s healthier to eat what you’re hungry for and not stress, than to get all worked up with shame and “clean eating” and all that baloney.

I hope you were just joking, but wanted to offer this reassurance in case these are real neuroses. smile

Re your tingling, likely something non-dangerous like tight muscles clamping down and mildly impinging nerves. I had problems with that during a stressful time in my life.

Love the show!