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Rhysently Granted in 1997
Grant Lobban (left); Rhys Darby (right)
|Origin||Christchurch, New Zealand|
|Genres||Comedy rock, Sketch comedy|
Rhysently Granted were a musical comedy duo consisting of New Zealand comedians Rhys Darby and Grant Lobban. The two met in 1996 while both were working as staff in a cabaret restaurant in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Grant played bass guitar while Rhys provided the main vocals. Shortly after forming Rhysently Granted won an open mic contest at the Southern Blues Bar and they then began performing more frequently at local venues in the Christchurch area.
A Rhysently Granted performance would consist of slightly absurdist but humorous songs which were interspersed with surrealistic skits, usually enhanced by Grant's abstract poetry and Rhys' vocal sound effects.
Rhysently Granted performed in two New Zealand comedy festivals which led to Rhys moving up to Auckland in 1999 to seek more solo stand-up experience. The duo officially split around 2001 with Darby moving overseas to pursue his solo career and Lobban staying in New Zealand to focus on his own comedy material.