Rhys Thomas is a director/producer best known for his work on Saturday Night Live.
Rhys hails from South Wales and lived briefly in Brazil and Dublin before heading to New York City, where he began working for Saturday Night Live in 2004. By 2006 he was a producer with the show’s SNL Film Unit and in 2010 he began directing the film segments. Rhys has since directed many memorable shorts for the show (Farewell Mr. Bunting; Bern Your Enthusiasm; Lincoln; The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders; Dyke & Fats and The Beygency to name just a few) as well as the title sequences for SNL’s 40th Anniversary Season; the SNL40 special (which he also produced, garnering him his first primetime Emmy win) and most recently the opening for Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Rhys’ debut feature Staten Island Summer (written by SNL’s Colin Jost), was released in July 2015 and starred Ashley Greene, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Kate Walsh, and Jim Gaffigan. Lorne Michaels produced for Paramount. He also directed John Mulaney’s Emmy nominated stand-up special The Comedback Kid for Netflix, which was filmed at the Chicago Theater in May 2015.
Rhys co-created and directs Documentary Now! for IFC along with Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers and is currently in production on it’s second season. Recently, he produced Adele’s concert special, Adele: Live In New York City special for NBC, for which he also directed the documentary segments.