There are many reasons to be excited about the third episode of The X-Files revival, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster.” In the episode, special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are investigating the FBI’s weirder cases again, which is an obvious draw. So too is the fact that “Were-Monster” is directed and written by Darin Morgan, the same man who wrote the celebrated episodes “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” the latter of which earned him an Emmy Award for writing. Hell, even Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani guest stars.
Let’s be honest, though. These are all great reasons, but the best thing about “Were-Monster” is New Zealand actor and comedian Rhys Darby. If his name rings a bell, that’s because you probably remember him as New Zealand consulate deputy cultural attaché-turned-band manager Murray Hewitt in Flight of the Conchords. Along with show creators and co-stars Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, Darby’s incredibly red hair got its big break in the United States thanks to the popular HBO series. Since then, he has appeared in movies, other television programs, and game shows — all the while touring as a stand-up comic. He even published a semi-autobiographical novel about space.
So, in celebration of Darby, let’s take a look at some of his best moments.
Every Single Time He’s On @midnight
Anyone familiar with the popular Comedy Central panel show, @midnight, will recognize Darby’s ginger hair, glasses, and accent from his multiple appearances on the program. His jokes aren’t always immediate, as the comedian’s humor often requires his audience to think a little, but that doesn’t mean Darby won’t go for the heavy-hitting punchlines. For example, consider his take on videos of vloggers crying for asinine reasons.