Flight of the Conchords

Jemaine Clement and Bret Mckenzie have announced an Australian Flight of the Conchords tour for winter this year.

The pair, who are about to embark on a New Zealand tour, will play shows in six Australian cities beginning on July 5.

“We are finally returning to Australia. Mostly to apologise,” Clement said in a statement. Continue reading »

Flight of the Conchords are pleased to announce that ticket proceeds after costs from their Christchurch show, with very special guest Arj Barker on Tuesday 26 June at Christchurch’s CBS Canterbury Arena, will be donated to Cholmondeley Children’s Charity and to the restoration and repair of the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Cholmondeley (Chum-ley) provides respite care for children aged 3 – 12 years, with the aim of alleviating immediate family pressures for the children and their parents. They have helped more than 25,500 children in their 87 years of operation and General Manager Shane Murdoch said “We are very grateful for the generous donation. This money will be used to provide day to day care for the children in Canterbury that need us. Many of these families have been affected by the on-going impact of earthquakes, are experiencing significant stress in their homes and need a break”.

The iconic, heritage listed, 104 year old Isaac Theatre Royal suffered extensive damage from the series of Christchurch earthquakes last year and is embarking on a major repair and recovery process over the next 12 months. General manager Neil Cox is delighted with the news that the Conchords will contribute to the famous Theatre’s restoration. Continue reading »

Due to unprecedented demand Flight of the Conchords are pleased to announce an additional Auckland show.

“We are extremely excited by the amount of interest shown in the Flight of the Conchords concert tickets across New Zealand. With the Auckland Town Hall show now sold out, (as are all the theatre concerts) we are proud to announce an arena show at Vector Arena, Auckland on Sunday 1st July. This really is going to be a special homecoming and now with the Arena show there will be tickets for everyone!” said co-promoter Brent Eccles. Continue reading »

Bret McKenzie has won an Academy Award for his work on The Muppets movie.

The Flight of the Conchords star picked up the award for ‘Best Original Song’, beating out one other nominee in the category.

Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has nabbed himself an Oscar nomination for his work on the new Muppets movie.

The kiwi has been nominated in the Music (Original Song) category for his track ‘Man or Muppet’, which is performed by Jason Segel and Walter in the movie.

The song will be up against just one other in the category, ‘Real in Rio’ from the animated film Rio.

Weta’s Joe Letteri and his team were also nominated for an award for their work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Peter Jackson’s Tintin is up for just one award, Music (Original Score).

Source: Stuff

Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has dropped a hint that a movie is possibly on the horizon for himself and Jemaine Clement.

While promoting The Muppets, to which he has contributed several songs, McKenzie was asked whether a Flight of the Conchords movie is likely and he responded: “We’re gonna try and do a movie. We just need a story.”

The pair last featured together on the HBO series in 2009, which ran for two seasons.

Both have now had experience working on movies, with Clement featuring in Despicable Me, Dinner For Schmucks, Rio and Men In Black III and McKenzie now involved with The Muppets and The Hobbit.

Source: totalfilm.com

Rhys Darby looks to be attempting to distance himself from the controversial copyright law change after appearing in a new anti-piracy DVD for the Federation Against Copyright Theft (NZFact).

Fans of the Flight of the Conchord actor have expressed their disappointment with him after news of his involvement in the campaign.

Many have threatened to boycott his shows and even the 2degrees mobile network that Darby advertises. 

Darby has tried to explain via Twitter that his involvement in the NZFact campaign was minimal.

“I recorded something saying you should not pirate DVDs. That is it. I haven’t done anything wrong,” he tweeted.

Tony Eaton, chief executive of NZFact, said that the 10 minute DVD would be distributed to all NZ schools and online in August this year as part of an education campaign.

He said that Darby’s part in the DVD involved him hosting a discussion with six New Zealanders about the issues they had faced as a result of piracy.

Source: Stuff

Rhys Darby has landed a primetime slot on US network CBS with new pilot How To Be A Gentleman getting picked up this week.

Darby plays a supporting role in the comedy, which centres on a refined newspaper columnist and his unrefined personal trainer.

The former Flight of the Conchords actor will play the brother-in-law of the lead character on the show, which has been given a primetime slot on the network in between The Big Bang Theory and new J.J. Abrams series Person of Interest.

Darby will be joined in the series by David Hornsby, Entourages’s Kevin Dillon and 24’s Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Darby said yesterday that he was excited about working on the show.

“It’s such a great premise and the cast are amazing. I’m very much looking forward to working with them.”

Darby is also working on a new UK sitcom.

Source: Herald

Kiwi comic Rhys Darby is developing a sitcom for Channel 4 in the UK.

The Flight of the Conchords actor is working alongside British comedian Vic Reeves on The Fun Police, a sitcom that will revolve around a health and safety team in a small town.

The series will be shot in front of a studio audience beginning later this month.

The Fun Police will go to air in the UK in later this year.

Source: Digital Spy

With an opening quip to Auckland audiences that he was the only cast member of Flight of the Conchords to return the NZ International Comedy Festival’s phone calls, Arj Barker held Auckland and Wellington audiences in the palm of his hand this past weekend.

With the NZ International Comedy Festival 2011 now underway, it was Barker who was asked to host both Auckland’s Visa Comedy Gala (which screened on TV3 this past Sunday, winning its timeslot again other television networks) and the Visa First Laughs event in Wellington. Both shows proved a testament to Arj’s storied comedic path – keeping audiences elated and even, in some respects, stealing the show.

It wasn’t as if the California native-slash-Perrier Award Winner (“Best Newcomer” 1997) had to steal the show either. Arj’s season at this year’s festival kicks off Thursday 5th May at the SKYCITY Theatre with Eleven; an hour of the inventive stand-up comedy for which he is known and loved.

Join Arj as he fearlessly tackles 11 of the most controversial topics around, including 3D movies, Death, Google Maps and prawns. If you’ve seen him before, you know you won’t be disappointed.

 

Wellington

4 May, 8:30pm

The Opera House

111-113 Manners St, CBD

0800 TICKETEK (842 5385)

Adult: $36.50 Conc $33.50/ Group 10+ $33.50

www.ticketek.co.nz

 

Auckland

Thu 5 – Fri 6 May, 9pm

SKYCITY Theatre

Level 3, cnr Wellesley St West & Hobson St, CBD

0800 TICKETEK (842 5385) 

Adult: $36.50 Conc $33.50/ Group 10+ $33.50

www.ticketek.co.nz

 

(From a press release)