Darby’s first book 'This Way To Spaceship' is part autobiography, part handbook to surviving the Armageddon via a Spaceship. Hence the title.
His central premise is that to avoid the Armageddon one must become famous, giving you enough power and status to be evacuated off the planet. He covers off areas such as "getting noticed" and "confidence" by relating it back to his experience in the fame game.
Darby kicks things off with some analogies of his experiences growing up in New Zealand and his time spent in the NZ Army, which are self-deprecating and hilarious. He touches on his time with 'Flight of the Conchords,' but sadly there isn’t enough detail to satisfy rabid 'Conchords' fans.
Rhys does write some delightfully funny sections on confidence and how to introduce yourself at parties, including some wicked pick-up lines for men and women. He suggests ladies try breaking the ice with this little charmer:
"Wow, it’s a real who’s who of f**k-all here, isn’t it? Care for a spaceman candy stick? "
And for the gentlemen out there he recommends opening with a nice and simple question like:
"What are your feelings on Bigfoot?"
Packed full of his unique style of humour, Darby is funny but never at the expense of someone else, and is never smutty or nasty, revealing a lovely innocence which is a rare trait for a comedian these days. The book is also filled with quirky little drawings, diagrams and photos from his childhood, which add to the light-hearted nature of the read.
While quite funny and unique, the book doesn’t really fulfil the promise of an "autobiographical end of the world companion" as there isn’t enough personal detail to fully flesh out Darby’s real life. And while the spaceship theme can feel a little clunky at times, this is a minor quibble, as 'This Way To Spaceship' is still a wonderfully whimsical read that's bound to put a smile on your face.
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