Rhys is one of New Zealand’s best young professional comedians. After spending a few years in the UK polishing his comedy gold at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the UK Comedy circuit he has return home match fit & ready to bring it.
Rhys’ energy and youthful take on complex issues has seen him recognized as a comedic force among his local and international peers.
After being plucked out of obscurity in 2006 as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival’s Class Comedians programme, his talents were recognized by the industry and he soon began gigging professionally and returned to perform ensemble shows at the Festival while still at school. Then in 2009 his first solo show “The Best $18 You’ll Ever Spend” won him the Festival’s “Best Newcomer” Award and the critic’s respect and in 2010 he became the youngest ever winner of the coveted Billy T Comedy Award.
Since then Rhys starred TVNZ’s “Best Bits” as a regular panelist and appeared in TV2’s “Christmas Gala”. He whipped it in TV3’s “AoteoroHA” series and ” 7 Days” and in C4’s Jono Project and WannaBEN. He writes for 7 Days and other projects and performs often at the home of NZ Comedy "The Classic".
Rhys’ charm, self-deprecating humour, his wonderful story telling talents combined with his perfectly delivered on-liners and physical presence have now established him as a sought after comedian and writer in the entertainment industry. Rhys's 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival Show "Nouveau Rhys" won the coveted FRED Award for the BEST SHOW at the Festival making him tone of the youngest winner ever. Rhys is a head writer, reporter and Presenter on "The Project", week days 7pm on TV3.
“…strong material, a winning charm and some vicious risque one liners – coupled with some very intelligent and genuinely funny stuff…” tvnz.co.nz