Flight of the Conchords

Mikey 5 comments
Flight of the Conchords

If you've not heard of these guys,  or perhaps you've heard of them but not seen any of their material, I suggest you read on.

I have been a fan of Flight of the Conchords (yes it's spelled that way - a play on musical terms I would think) since I first saw them on the now defunct Standup! comedy show many years ago. Back then they were 'Flight of the Nobody's' but it was immediately obvious that Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement were a breath of fresh air for the industry. Although they are from New Zealand I can't see any reason why us Aussie's can't claim them as our own. We claim Russell Crowe as our own and he is from New Zealand - so why not!

I have embedded the first FOTC performance on Standup! below, the original and best version of 'The humans are dead'.

Fast forward a few years and out of the blue the loveable duo have managed to hit it big in the USA with an HBO produced series, simply titled 'The Flight of the Conchords'. I am the proud owner of and can vouch for it's replay value. This TV series however did catch me off guard.

Anyone who knows me will know how much I loathe musicals. Well each episode of FOTC has at least 2 of their songs enacted and woven in, and it wasn't until the 6th episode that I realised I had essentially been watching a musical and I was enjoying it. That is largely thanks to the awesomeness of the music, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious and sometimes just awesomely catchy, but always with creative lyrics. Here's some proof:

The series centres around Bret and Jemaine who now reside in New York, trying to crack the 'big time' with the help of their inadequate band manager Murray, and while trying to avoid their one and only fan, Mel, who constantly stalks the lads. You will find every song they performed on Standup! has been enhanced for the series and it works wonderfully.

If the FOTC sounds like something you could fancy, you can do a lot worse. Have a look at some

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Thursday 10th July 2008 | 05:40 AM

I'm also a proud owner of the HBO series and totally love their form of dead-pan humour. The added bonus of Arj Barker (as their friend Dave), one of the funniest guys on the plannet, is equally as fabulous.

Jermain has also starred in a couple of other movies, 'eagle vs shark' which won a bunch of indipendant awards is excellent, and 'Tongan Ninja', which is pretty funny-ish. Both independant.

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Thursday 10th July 2008 | 07:59 AM

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Thursday 10th July 2008 | 12:48 PM

This show is awesome. Good on Australia's Channel 10 for giving season 1 a "prime-time" 11pm Sunday timeslot... losers.

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Thursday 10th July 2008 | 03:54 PM

...in response to this comment by Mark. fully agree with you on this one mark.. these guys are funny as, even if they are kiwi cussy-bro's

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Saturday 12th July 2008 | 12:55 AM

I just ordered a cool Flight of the Conchords shirt from www.PantherTees.com. They said not to tell anyone, but here is a 10% discount code, pts10 (it is case sensitive, so copy and paste it). Enjoy!

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