"It is called Bona Fide," he joked to me earlier, "and it's only called that because I wanted people to have to say bona."
It's probably at this juncture I should warn people who are easily offended by humour of a sexual nature that Rhys won't be your cup of tea. If you're open minded, artsy, left wing and love intelligence, wit and ribald humour, Rhys is your man. If you cheer with glee when the language and concept warning appears at the start of Rage on the ABC, Rhys is a must-see.
Of the show he says, "It's got a surprise ending - I've never done one of those before - but it's got a twist at the end, kind of, and it's mainly about lying mostly, just about how I think lying is important."
[i][b]Here's a five minute edit of my chat with Rhys.
In the show he confesses lying is the secret to the longevity of his relationship with his partner of over five years. However this isn't one of those festival shows that just explores one theme. If it's funny, it's in the show, regardless of theme.
"Over the course the week here doing shows in Brisbane," Rhys says, "The show is going to change over the course of the week and get better and better and better because last night something might not have worked and I've fixed it today so tomorrow night it works and then it works for the rest of the season."
One thing is for sure, Rhys' comedy really works. Tonight's packed house was doubled over with laughter. I'm sure Rhys could find a naughty joke in that last metaphor. Then he'd work it and work it until it was as perfect as his personal style.