Flight of the Conchords

HBO has renewed hit comedy Flight of the Conchords for a second season!

Starring the New Zealand music-comedy duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, and co-created by James Bobin, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, Flight of the Conchords follows transplanted New Zealanders Jemaine and Bret, who live on New York City’s Lower East Side and split their time between seeking venues where they can perform and awkwardly courting women. Sometimes finding it easier to express themselves with music, they’re apt to break into song at a moment’s notice.

The 12-episode first season of Flight of the Conchords has sparked critical raves, with the New York Times calling the show “very funny” and “deliciously absurd.” Rolling Stone hails the series as “hilarious,” while the San Francisco Chronicle terms it “the funniest thing you’ve seen in ages,” as well as “brilliant,” and the Los Angeles Times notes that the show is “consistently funny.”

Flight of the Conchords’ EP “The Distant Future” was released by Sub Pop Records on Aug. 7. It includes “Business Time,” “If You’re Into It” and “Not Crying,” as well as live versions of “The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room” and “Robots.” A full-length Conchords album in Jan. 2008.

NEW SERIES – FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

NEW ZEALAND COMEDY

Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals. Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they’ve managed to find a manager (whose “other” job is at the New Zealand Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns the local pawn shop) — but not much else.

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS starts Monday 17th September, 10:00pm, exclusively on PRIME

PRIME is proud to be bringing to New Zealand the hit HBO musical comedy series Flight Of The Conchords.

Debuting exclusively on PRIME on September 17, the stars of the series are comedians Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, a two man folk band from New Zealand, better known as the Flight Of The Conchords.

The 12 half-hour episodes revolve around Jemaine and Bret who relocate to New York in a bid to break into the tough music scene. This is made more difficult by the incompetence of their Kiwi manager Murray (Rhys Darby) who works at the New Zealand Consulate while managing the band on the side. Sometimes finding it easier to express themselves with music, the duo often break into song at a moment’s notice.

“PRIME is delighted to bring the Flight of the Conchords series, which has been so well received in the USA, to New Zealand audiences. We think it will be right at home on PRIME, fitting in perfectly with our popular schedule of programmes like Weeds, Extras, Top Gear, America’s Got Talent and Doctor Who. We are also looking forward to partnering it with our exciting new New Zealand sitcom, Welcome to Paradise, when we premiere both shows next month,” said PRIME’s channel manager Karen Bieleski.

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie first teamed up in 1998, performing briefly under the names Moustache and Vested Interest before becoming Flight of the Conchords, which came from McKenzie’s dream about Concorde airplanes. Earning a worldwide cult following through their live performances, the duo was named Best Alternative Comedy Act at the 2005 US Comedy Arts Festival, and Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Flight of the Conchords released the live album “Folk the World” in 2002, and headlined a six-part BBC Radio 2 series, which won a Sony UK Comedy Award. They debuted on HBO in 2005 with their own “One-Night Stand.”

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NEW SERIES – FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

NEW ZEALAND COMEDY

Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals. Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they’ve managed to find a manager (whose “other” job is at the New Zealand Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns the local pawn shop) — but not much else.

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS starts Monday 17th September, 10:00pm, exclusively on PRIME

If you’re not already watching Flight of the Conchords online (free at http://www.hbo.com/conchords/) then you should definitely check it out! This show is the funniest show I have seen in a long time.

Bret and Jermaine deserve all the success in the world.

Judy Bailey is even mentioned in Episode 5… in reference to a faked hicky… hilarious!

Check out the full first episode thanks to HBO, due to air in the US in three hours!

American TV viewers will be the first to see Flight of the Conchords but Prime have won the rights to screen the show here.

The HBO comedy, starring Kiwi comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, will premiere in the United States on Sunday night.

Prime plans to screen it later this year alongside the channel’s new local sitcom, Paradise, a Gibson Group-produced show about backpackers.

“I thought Conchords would fit really well on Prime,” says programmer Karen Bieleski. “HBO product is known for its quality but also for being very smart and quirky, it’s that slightly oddball thing we like.”

She would not comment on whether there had been a bidding war for the show other than to say Prime “pursued it aggressively”.

“It ticked all those boxes: it fit our profile, it would get us attention, it would work with Paradise. It’s really exciting.”

She knew of the comedians from her days at TVNZ, when the duo first pitched the idea for a TV show. She left soon afterwards, and TVNZ eventually turned them down.

AdvertisementA New Zealand launch date has yet to be set but Paradise will screen at 9.30pm followed by Conchords at 10pm. The pilot episode is at www.hbo.com/conchords.

Source: NZ Herald

Flight of the Conchords is set to be one of the biggest TV success stories for Kiwis in 2007. HBO’s much-hyped new comedy series is based on the New Zealand music-comedy duo of Jemain Clement and Bret McKenzie who have moved to New York. The pair star and executive produce the 12-episode first season of the show which debuts in the US on June 17.

“Splitting their time between seeking venues where they can perform and awkwardly courting women they meet on the street or at parties, the duo sometimes finds it easier to express through music – and are apt to break into song at a moment’s notice.”

In a ground-breaking move, HBO has not only put the debut episode online before it airs, they are enabling friends to share it online via their MySpace profiles.

Flight of the Conchords