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Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby Sherry » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:56 pm

Chortle reports -

Rhys Darby is to play a hapless magician in a one-off comedy to air on Channel 4 later this year, Chortle can reveal.

The Amazing Dermot is part of the broadcaster’s Comedy Showcase season, which has previously launched full series of Plus One, The Kevin Bishop Show and Free Agents.

The Flight Of The Conchords star - who is currently appearing at the Edinburgh Fringe – will play Dermot Flint, a one-time big-name magician trying to get his career back on track after ‘an unfortunate incident involving two brothers and some French kissing under hypnosis’. In the space of a week Dermot's wife leaves him, his TV show is cancelled, and he moves into rehab.

The Office's Ash Atalla is executive producer on the sitcom, which is being made by his company Rough Cut this summer. It also features Darren Boyd, who previously co-starred in the BBC One sitcom Kiss Me Kate opposite Amanda Holden.

The commission was announced last month, but no cast were known until now.

Andrew Newman, head of comedy at Channel 4, says: ‘The Comedy Showcase season will be putting new and innovative ideas and scripts into the heart of the Channel 4 schedule while featuring new talent both on and off screen.’

Other shows in the season are based around sports commentary, a university campus, a mobile phone shop, an energy drink company and the British home of a prisoner released from Guantanamo Bay.


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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby mohumbhai mania » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:48 pm

That sounds like it could be very hilarious. Rhys plays hapless so very well.
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Postby Venus » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:05 am

Looking forward to it! I've been reading his tweets about filming lately. Yesterday he tweeted:

Finished first day shooting of The Amazing Dermot. It's great fun playing a magic prick! This is gonna be good.

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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby Venus » Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:09 pm

'The Amazing Dermot' airs December 4th at 10pm on Channel 4 in the UK. I saw a brief clip of Rhys in an advert for Comedy Showcase on Channel 4 quite recently. 'Comedy Showcase' is all about broadcasting comedy pilots so let's hope this gets made into a series :)

From The Amazing Dermot Facebook Fan Page

Brand new sitcom pilot for Channel 4's Comedy Showcase season, starring Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, Yes Man, The Boat that Rocked) produced by Ash Atalla (The Office, The IT Crowd, Man Stroke Woman).

CHANNEL 4, 4TH DECEMBER, 10PM!


Starring: RHYS DARBY (Flight of the Conchords, Yes Man), DARREN BOYD (Green Wing, Smack the Pony, Saxondale), ALEX MACQUEEN (The Inbetweeners, In the Loop), SINEAD KEENAN (Being Human, Doctor Who, Moving Wallpaper) and introducing GENEVIEVE BARR.

Written By: Jack & Harry Williams

Directed by: Martin Dennis

Plot outline: Master illusionist and stage hypnotist Dermot Flint (played by Flight Of The Conchords star Rhys Darby) attempts to get his career back on track after an unfortunate incident involving two brothers and some french kissing under hypnosis.

In the space of one week Dermot's wife leaves him, his TV show is cancelled, and he moves into rehab. However his attempts to get his life back on track are ruined by his ego, a body double and a deaf nurse.

Produced by ASH ATALLA (The Office, the IT Crowd, ManStrokeWoman).


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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby mohumbhai mania » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:21 pm

Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to see this. This looks amazing.
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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby LauraK » Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:27 am

Yes...I hope it goes to DVD or someone is kind enough to record it....:eyelashes:
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Postby Venus » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:39 pm

Interview with one of Rhys' co-stars, Darren Boyd:

Darren Boyd, Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot
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Darren Boyd plays mild-mannered manager Mickey to ego-maniac magician Dermot in this week’s Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot…

How difficult is it to appear in a ‘pilot’ programme, when there’s no guarantee it will be commissioned for a full series?
You have to pack in as much in as you can. I think The Amazing Dermot is quite a strange but funny concept, with a great set-up. I also really like the relationship between Mickey and Dermot. Generally, when losers are treated with kindness – and not just when we can laugh in the right way at them – it can really work. Our producer, Ash Atalla, is very, very happy with it and there was a good reaction when some of it was shown at a preview screening. But there’s strong competition with other shows in the Comedy Showcase series, so I don’t know if it will be re-commissioned.

What do you like the most about playing Mickey?
He’s a blank page – absolute honesty, no hidden agenda or subtext. He was fun to play, although on the surface you could say he’s a bit thick. There’s a scene where he’s written out cue cards in order to have a conversation with the nurse, Jessica, who’s deaf. But he’s coming from a place of sincerity, and I think we forgive those kinds of actions when you get where he’s coming from. I like the idea of purity in an adult.

What was it like to work with Rhys Darby?
I’m a big fan of Flight Of The Conchords and of Rhys. He’s been doing a lot of great stuff, like the Jim Carrey film, Yes Man. It was great to have someone who responds to an opportunity like this and really goes for it. Ash was keen for us to do some improvisation together before we started filming. He was totally up for coming off script, as am I. I love nothing more than that.

Didn't you learn some sign language while you were making the show?
Genevieve Barr, who played Jessica, hadn’t acted before. She’s a schoolteacher and came on board very late. There’s a scene where Mickey is wearing earplugs so that he also can’t hear. We had quite a few hours sitting at that table and she went through the alphabet a few times and taught me how to spell my whole name. I learned some naughty stuff. Why do we always go for the childish things? Sign language is so beautiful to watch and yet, I’m 38-years-old and I was asking what willy was in sign language!

The last thing we saw you in was BBC Three’s Personal Affairs. Is that getting a second series?
Sadly not. It’s a real shame and it seemed to have been decided quite early on. I’m really proud of it – it was so refreshing and vibrant and full of creative ideas. It was great fun to play a cad as well. Simon was the total opposite of Mickey. It definitely built a fan base by the time it ended. But five weeks wasn’t very long and we struggle all the time because it was a short output compared to American television. I’ve had personal experience of how ratings really matter over there as well because I was in the NBC series The Jane Show, which was cancelled after two series.

What are you doing next?
We’ve just been commissioned to make a series next year called Whites after the pilot went down well. It’s about a wannabe celebrity chef, played by Alan Davies, and I play his best buddy and sous chef. It’s like a marriage in the kitchen. I’ve also made Royal Wedding with the incredibly wonderful Jodie Whittaker and the amazing Gwyneth Petty, who plays our daughter. Kevin Bishop and Rebecca Staton are also in that and it’s a lovely story. And we all got to wear mullets and leather jackets with the sleeves rolled up because it’s set in the Eighties. And I worked with Kevin Eldon in the new Chris Morris film Boilerhouse.

It sounds like you’ve got the perfect job!
Trust me, the downside is anxiety, neurosis and manic depression! But when it’s on, it’s on and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby Venus » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:30 pm

The Amazing Dermot airs December 4th at 10.35pm on Channel 4.

A pic Rhys uploaded on Twitter:
http://yfrog.com/4fogvj

Preview clips have recently been uploaded! :lol:

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Postby Venus » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:38 pm

Rhys Darby: The Amazing Dermot
Nov 30 2009 By Lisa Williams

Rhys Darby stars in The Amazing Dermot, the latest instalment of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase on Friday December 4. He tells us about the show, his adoration of British comedy and what the future might hold for his famous alter ego Murray, hapless manager of cult duo Flight Of The Conchords.

The Kiwi funnyman has become a cult hero for his role in Flight Of The Conchords as Murray Hewitt, the good-natured jobsworth who aspires to propel the titular band into the spotlight and who begins every three-man band meeting with a register.

The Kiwi funnyman has become a cult hero for his role in Flight Of The Conchords as Murray Hewitt, the good-natured jobsworth who aspires to propel the titular band into the spotlight and who begins every three-man band meeting with a register.

The series started life as fellow New Zealanders Bret MacKenzie and Jemaine Clement's musical comedy act - billed as 'Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo' - which they touted around live venues and festivals, eventually winning the coveted Perrier Comedy Award at Edinburgh Festival in 2003.

Rhys came on board when their act was turned into a comedy series for BBC Radio 2, and stayed for the ride when HBO offered to make it into a TV series, which promptly found its way back on to the BBC.

"We had this synergy," Rhys recalls of his time with Bret and Jemaine.

"We improvised a lot of band meetings and I loved working with the boys. It's unusual to find that."

Fans of the show have been dismayed to hear that there may not be a third series, after events of the ill-fated band and their manager were neatly tied up at the end of the second.

Rhys thinks it might have something to do with the pressure on the band to write three songs per episode.

He says: "They certainly enjoyed the writing process but the fact they had to pull together 20 new songs - that was the pressure, not that they didn't enjoy it but just that, as a musician, you don't want to be under that strain.

"That's why there's not many comedies around with individual songs. They started with three songs an episode so maybe they were signing their own death warrant, they should have just done one."

But he's adamant that it's not the "end of the end" and both he and Jemaine have suggested they'll team up again in the future for a special episode or even a film.

Meanwhile, Hollywood, family life and other promising new projects beckon.

Rhys has already made it on to the big screen with roles in Jim Carrey vehicle Yes Man and alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy and Nick Frost in Richard Curtis's ensemble piece The Boat That Rocked.

He's now here to talk about The Amazing Dermot, a pilot episode for Channel 4 in which he plays the title character - a sleazy, deluded magician who can't help but put his foot in it at every turn.

So is this role the one which can help him make a break from Murray?

"Yeah, definitely," Rhys asserts.

"Yes Man was not a million miles away from Murray. My role was a slight step in a different direction but it was keeping in the same ballpark - a nerdy loser, and then in The Boat That Rocked I guess the character was quite nerdy, so to me it was important to not be a nerd again.

"I don't mind being a loser all the time but..." he says before stopping himself and putting on a whiney, victim's voice to add: "Look at me! 'I don't mind being a loser all the time but it would nice to be a winner once in a while'."

Rhys lets out a belting laugh, but he's serious.

He continues: "I knew that, as much as I can be a nice guy and I am a nice guy as a person, we all have more than one streak in us and I know I can really play the other side of the coin. I probably will surprise a few people with it. Dermot has empathy too and you have to have that in order to go with them. If he was a complete prick that you don't feel sorry for you wouldn't like him."

Dermot's first adventure sees him check himself into rehab as a publicity stunt after a high-profile magic trick goes wrong.

Also residing at the hospital is an unspeaking character called Edmonds, whose tendency to dole out mystery boxes gives viewers a big nudge as to who it's meant to represent.

But if the team behind the programme are worried about this, Rhys certainly gives no indication.

"They did clear it with him originally. As long as we call him Edmonds, people won't realise it's Noel Edmonds," he deadpans.

"He might be flattered at any mention of him on the small screen. If it turns into a very cool, popular sitcom as I think it's going to, he'll get a kick out of being in it, a bit like that neighbour in Home Improvement, the guy that was across the fence."

'If' is the big word at the moment for Rhys. The pilot is being shown as part of Channel 4's Comedy Showcase, a launch pad which has helped comedies such as Free Agents and Plus One land a spot on the channel.

If The Amazing Dermot gets a good response it may well be commissioned for a series, which will require him to move back to London.

This is no bad thing, Rhys reveals, as he misses the city in which he used to live as a stand-up comedian. Neither is it a problem to decamp his wife and young son.

He says: "The fact it was a UK project actually helped me make a decision because I felt like I had done my stuff in America, I moved back to New Zealand to bring up my child and to live and the other most important part of my life was in England. My son was born there and I lived there for six years so I felt part of my soul was there as well.

"My wife in particular loves London so it's a very easy decision. She was like, 'Oh yes let's go back there for two months!'"

The UK is also somewhat of a cultural heartland for the comedian who says his comic style is a result of a diet of golden age British comedy.

He says fondly: "I grew up watching Monty Python and The Goons. I was obsessed with classic British stuff so that was always my default mode. Doing stand up, I tried to be as original as possible which was pretty easy in New Zealand considering we didn't have much stand up."

He even thinks The Amazing Dermot has shades of the classics, giving him another reason to agree to take on the role that was written with him in mind.

He says: "He's sort of a cross between, and these are two of my favourite shows from the UK, Alan Partridge and Alan B'Stard from The New Statesman. I love both those shows, and this character screamed bits of these two people so it was a joy to see it and I just though 'this is perfect for me'."

Rhys Darby - Extra time

Rhys Montague Darby was born in New Zealand on March 21, 1974.

Rhys is currently on tour with his one-man stand up show. He describes his style as a "3D way of telling the story" and one reviewer described him as "a one-man special effect".

He and wife Rosie have a three-year-old son called Finn.

His Flight Of The Conchords character was called Bryan Nesbitt in the radio series, which changed to Murray Hewitt for TV.

He had only four days with a dialect coach to perfect a Yorkshire accent for Dermot's spitting image in the pilot of The Amazing Dermot.


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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby Venus » Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:17 pm

The Amazing Dermot airs tonight on Channel 4, 10.35pm :D

Some reviews:

Picks of the Day
Comedy Showcase

C4, 10:35 PM

One-off comedy starring Flight of the Conchord's Rhys Derby as an inept magician.

Rhys Darby – that's the correct answer to the question, ‘What’s the best thing about musical comedy series Flight of the Conchords?’ As hapless band manager Murray, he shines far brighter than either of the two leads, Bret's T-shirts or, yes, the song parodies. Now centre stage as insensitive stage magician Dermot, who ends up in rehab, he sparkles in this outstanding comedy that deserves a series.


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The Amazing Dermot Review
Channel 4/HD: Fri 4 Dec, 10.35pm

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Most people will know Rhys Darby as Murray, Flight of the Conchords' eternally downtrodden agent.

Here he moves to centre stage as a has-been magician with his eye on a comeback.


Imagine Murray with a massive ego and you've essentially got Dermot, a magician who goes to rehab after a spot of onstage hypnotism, in which he makes two brothers kiss "like kids at a disco", leads to a lost court case, a large compensation bill and a media backlash. Darby employs much of the same wide-eyed lack of self-awareness he assumes for Murray, but here without the self-loathing.

It's all got a (possibly deliberate) old-fashioned feel, particularly the premise that a stage magician with a strong whiff of Pontin's about him could be one of the best-known celebrities in the country. Plot devices like a lunk-headed doppelganger and the addition of a thicko and a blousey wife are also both from the big box of 80s comedy cliche.

That said, an extremely able cast prop up the weaker sections, particularly Darren Boyd as Dermot's agent and Sinead Keenan as a bonkers fellow rehab patient. We also have to admit that a joke about Ulrika Johnson made us spit out our tea.


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Mail on Sunday (London, England), The, Nov 29, 2009
STAR RATINGS ***** Brilliant **** Very good *** Good ** Average * Rubbish


Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot 10.35pm, Ch4 ****
A second funny Comedy Showcase in two weeks - can such things be? Once again, the show features a star from far afield, in this case the brilliant Rhys Darby, who plays Murray in Flight Of The Conchords. Here, he is Dermot, a ghastly TV magician trying to rescue a nose-diving career by checking into rehab. Soon, Dermot's mighty ego is driving a hilarious comedy of errors, involving his body double, painkillers and a nurse.


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Ron Howard: 50 Years in Film | Into That Good Night | We Are Family | Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot


Comedy Showcase: The Amazing Dermot

10.35pm, Channel 4

"Does she know she's deaf? Poor thing keeps trying to talk." Rhys Darby's non-Conchord work has often paled beside scene-stealing Murray Hewitt. His stand-up, full of characters and sound effects, is just too sweet and silly to compete. Here, though, his fallen illusionist/hypnotist Dermot Flint puts him on to a possible winner. In rehab (for a career move), arrogant, stupid and self-obsessed Dermot attempts to get his career back on track while managing to insult just about everyone.


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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby mohumbhai mania » Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:03 pm

Those bits were great!

Although I think the person who thought Murray was the single best thing about the FoTC series was really overstating things. I don't think he'd be as good if he didn't have Bret and Jemaine to play against.

Still! Hope it gets a few more eps, and that BBCA picks it up here in the States!
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Postby Venus » Sat Dec 05, 2009 1:05 am

I have noticed whilst reading various FOTC reviews by British journalists that the character of Murray is held in such high esteem. I suppose all the buzz around Rhys lead to a week of sold out stand up shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre and Shepherd's Bush Empire in London over the summer.

I enjoyed watching The Amazing Dermot! There was quite a lot going on in that half an hour slot and rightly so since it is a pilot and it needs to get the message across that it should be commissioned for a series. I think it deserves a series so let's hope that happens. I was wondering why an article I posted earlier stated that Rhys had to perfect the Yorkshire accent because Rhys didn't put it on during those preview clips but he does at some point during the episode and I have to say it was quite impressive. :lol:

The full episode has been put up on the 4OD YouTube channel! It can't be embedded so here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCGaj_tb1R8
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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby LikeACurry » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:13 am

^ 'This video contains content from Channel 4, who has decided to block it in your country' :(
It looks like a pretty good show too from the youtube vids, hopefully it'll be picked up in the states.
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Re: Rhys in Channel 4 one off comedy

Postby Faith » Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:31 am

I hope it gets shown here too. It looks pretty funny from the preview clips.


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