Flight of the Conchords

tv_flight_of_the_conchords01In an interview with The Guardian, Jermaine Clement has once again spoken out about the lack of foresight in New Zealand television, referring to those who declined the pitch for Flight of the Conchords as Idiots!

New Zealand television producers refused to fund Flight of the Conchords before it became a sublime smash hit on HBO. “They’d say, ‘Middle New Zealand won’t get it.’ Idiots! I’d go, ‘What are you talking about? I’m from middle New Zealand, and you’re not.’ I always have a working-class chip on my shoulder about those people.”

The mild-mannered Clement still agrees with his past critique. “Not being too clever is a concern in New Zealand TV. It does really annoy me.”

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short-poppiesI have to admit, I’m really not a fan of awkward comedies. From Meet the Fockers to The Office to Hello Ladies, there really is so much I can take.  While I’m sure we can all attest to certain people who have crossed paths with us over the years, most people just aren’t either that stupid or that naive.

They also say that there is nothing new under the sun.  A series where the lead characters are all played by the same actor has certainly been done before.  Australia’s Chris Lilley in Summer Heights High and locally, Madeliene Sami’s Super City.

Last night I sat down and watched the first two episodes of Short Poppies thanks to TVNZ’s decision to put the entire 8 episode NZ On Air funded series online after we exposed that they had allowed the series to be made available overseas first.  There were certainly laugh-out-loud moments but there were also plenty of cringeworthy Rhys Darby moments that back all those memories of band manager Murray from Flight of the Conchords. Continue reading »

bret-mckenzie-muppetsKiwi comedian and actor, Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), has landed a new gig for American TV network Fox.

It’s business time: Bret McKenzie, half of the popular music-comedy duo the Flight of the Conchords, is developing an animated comedy for Fox.

The New Zealand native came up with the idea for the untitled show, set in the world of NASA. Fox has given a script and presentation order to the project. McKenzie is executive producing along with King of the Hill alums Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May; all three are writing the project via 20th Century Fox TV. Continue reading »

flightoftheconchordsOur very own Flight of the Conchords are teaming up with US comedian Dave Chappelle for a 13-date tour for the comedy website Funny or Die.

The US-only Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival – which promises to “destroy your funny bone this summer” will also include “two stages, street performers, vendors, psychics, freaks, tasty treats and more”.

The tour is the first for Chappelle since he abruptly began avoiding the spotlight back in 2005 after the success of his Comedy Central series Chappelle’s Show.

“It took the extraordinary talents of Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords’ Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement to create such an amazing night for comedy fans in such incredible summertime venues,” Live Nation Comedy president Geof Wills said. Continue reading »

When Flight of the Conchords was on HBO in the States, it was not only showcasing the New Zealand accent but the country itself.

Murray’s (Rhys Darby) office was adorned with a variety of NZ “tourism” posters that gave everyone a reason to visit.

Here’s the lot of them:

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rhys_darbyRhys Darby is among a group of New Zealanders who are set to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro for World Vision this year.

The comic will be joined by Boh Runga, Mahe Drysdale, Juliette Haigh, Kerre McIvor (nee Woodham) and World Vision CEO Chris Clarke in the climb that is aiming to raise both money and the awareness of microfinancing.

Microfinancing is where people donate small amounts of money that is used to fund people in developing countries who cannot secure a traditional loan. Continue reading »

rhys_darbyRhys Darby has scored himself a role in a new US comedy pilot.

The former Flight of the Conchords regular and occasional 7 Days panellist will feature in Keep Calm and Karey On alongside Kelly Preston.

The project centres on Karey (Preston), the “clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists”. When her husband (Darby) is sent to prison, she focusses on raising his kids and her adopted black son and giving them a normal life.

Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has been confirmed to be writing music for the second Muppets movie.

The Wellingtonian nabbed himself an Oscar for his song ‘Man or Muppet’ in the first movie earlier this year.

Producer Todd Lieberman confirmed to Collider that McKenzie is on board the London-based sequel, which will shoot from January to April. Continue reading »

Stuff is reporting that the Flight of the Conchords are on track to beat former New Zealand Idol winner Ben Lummis’s record for most single sales in a week.

The Conchords’ charity song ‘Feel Inside (and stuff like that)’, which was produced for the TV3 special Red Nose Day: Comedy for Cure Kids, has sold over 10,000 copies since its release at the end of last week.

Lummis’s single ‘They Can’t Take That Away’ sold 11,987 copies back in 2004. Continue reading »

Flight of the Conchords have added a third Auckland show to their current New Zealand tour.

Jemaine and Bret will now play at the Vector Arena on Saturday, June 30, as well as the Friday and Sunday.

“In response to nationwide demand, this Vector Arena show will be the final announcement of the tour – there are simply no dates left to play,” they said in a statement. Continue reading »