Rhys Darby: Big in Japan

Beloved Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby embarks on a hilarious, off-beat, epic adventure throughout Japan on a mission of personal and professional development. Through unusual and challenging experiences, Rhys develops a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and the ancient art of comedy.

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    Season 1, Episode 1
    • Thursday 4 Jun

    G Rhys learns the tricks of the trade from Japan's #1 mascot, battles a roboticist, tries forest bathing and trains with a samurai master.

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      • Thursday 4 Jun

      G Rhys learns the tricks of the trade from Japan's #1 mascot, battles a roboticist, tries forest bathing and trains with a samurai master.

      • Thursday 11 Jun

      G Rhys doubles his efforts to break into the Japanese entertainment industry by getting a brand designed and enrolling in mascot school. But he misses his family, so he spends time with a typical Japanese family, who are a little bit like the Osbournes!

      • Thursday 18 Jun

      G Rhys learns what makes Japanese audiences tick from two comedy masters and puts on a comedy show of his own. Then, New Zealand's mascot Pabu-chan is finally revealed to the world.

      • Thursday 25 Jun

      PG Series Finale: The popularity of New Zealand's mascot, Pabu-chan, grows at the Sapporo Snow Festival until she gets a chance to hit the big time. Then, Rhys travels to the Okinawa Islands in search of the beautiful and fleeting cherry blossom.