Rhys Darby
Comedian Rhys Darby on life in New Zealand

Rhys Darby: My time in the sun with a very Modern Family

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Dinner and a Bruce Springsteen concert with the TV show's cast.

Rhys Darby on location in Sydney for Modern Family with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (right) and Eric Stonestreet. Photo / Splash
Rhys Darby on location in Sydney for Modern Family with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (right) and Eric Stonestreet. Photo / Splash

Last week I found myself jetting off to Australia to appear in an episode of Modern Family.

I was going to keep it all a bit secret just in case the producers wanted it that way - but as I soon found out, this show, shooting for the first time abroad, was a big deal.

I've never really been part of a big deal before. I'm more your small to medium type deal, so as you can imagine being caught up in the media frenzy was quite a shock.

We filmed some bits in a very public location near Woolloomooloo on Sydney Harbour so this led to us being escorted through crowds of people as we travelled to and from set. I'm not going to lie, it was all very exciting and I feel very proud to have taken part.

Without giving too much away, I play the role of a chap called Fergus from New Zealand. Look, I've probably said too much. If you're a fan of the show you're gonna love this episode - and if you're not a fan of the show then, seriously, what's wrong with you?

I went out to dinner with the cast and crew and for some lucky reason I found myself sitting next to the goddess that is Sofia Vergara. She plays Gloria in the show. You know the one. Yes ... you know the one.

Anyway, what does one say when one sits next to her at dinner?

Well, I certainly pondered this for a while. Then of course I brought out some of my old army stories and everyone began to relax.

During dessert I regaled them with my "under-age" drinking yarn. The whole cast, or at least the two or three people within earshot, laughed wholeheartedly at me being pulled off the dance floor by the cops aged 17. (I was 17, by the way, not the cops. They were at least 23.)

On the third night Eric, who plays Cameron in the show, took me and a few others to a Bruce Springsteen concert. I had never been to see The Boss before so I really didn't know what to expect.

I should've expected greatness, though, after all, he is the boss. That man is truly an inspiration. Sixty-five-years-old and still rockin' the crowds like it was 1984. Not only did he have great energy, he had the body to match. He must work out.

"I hope I look that good when I'm his age," I said to Eric.

He didn't hear me, though - he was too busy dancing. I was very impressed with Bruce and his E Street Band.

During a much-needed bathroom break I side-tracked to the merchandise counter. There was a large selection of stuff available to buy including programmes, caps, T-shirts and even coffee mugs.

"I bet you haven't sold too many coffee mugs," I said to the chap.

"No, mostly T-shirts," he replied.

"I'll take four coffee mugs please."

- NZ Herald

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