Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 23rd, 2011
The New Zealand Herald recently published this interesting story about the celebrity hobby of Rhys Darby. It will be recalled that Darby was Jim Carrey‘s manager, Norman, in Yes Man. That movie had an underlying subtle “Bigfoot” theme.
Rhys Darby, comedian, plays the manager in “Flight of the Conchords.”
Rhys Darby performing with “Flight of the Conchords” at Gramercy Theatre in New York, June 14, 2007.
What is your hobby?
My hobby is cryptozoology – the search for and study of animals that may or may not exist – creatures and predominantly monsters that live on this planet but have managed to hide from scientific classification.
Why did you choose that?
Because I have always been fascinated by the possibility that we humans still haven’t found everything on this planet.
What do you enjoy about it?
I’m an old romantic when it comes to exploration and adventure. I also love science fiction and science theory. There is a chance that we live in a multi-dimensional universe. If this is the case then cryptid creatures from another world may be able to enter our own through rips in the dimensions.
Is it expensive?
It’s free to study cryptozoology but it starts to get expensive when you embark on expeditions to exotic locations to look for yetis.
What do your friends and family think about it?
They think I’m an idiot.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.