Flight of the Conchords

Packed theatre? Relax. I’ll handle this. You just sit back and do what you do best – listen, laugh and look good. Luckily for us, I’ve been in this situation before, and although it’s never easy, it’s nothing a nearly entirely new hour of classics won’t handle! And remember friend, if things get too dicey out there, I can always whip out my guitar.

Barker who won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 1997 has firmly established himself as one of the golden boys on the international comedy circuit. He performed massive sell out seasons all across Australia last year, as well as a 4 month tour around regional Australia.

Arj has made numerous appearances on late night talk shows, including the Letterman and Conan O’Brian shows, as well as starring in his own Comedy Central half hour special on the HBO. He is a favourite on Australian TV having appeared in Thank God You’re Here, Rove, Spicks & Specks, Good News Week and Talkin ‘Bout Your Generation.

Arj Barker is back by popular demand for a strictly limited season! Get it quick. This is world-class comedy.

“If comedians are the new rock stars, then Arj Barker is stand-up’s Dave Grohl”  The Age, Melbourne 2009

“It’s a joy to spend an hour in his world”  The Advertiser, Adelaide 2008

“If you prefer comedy with its collar up, then Arj Barker may have you head-butting your boyfriend with violent laughter. He has a lovely turn of phrase, a wacky imagination and a unique style.”  The Age, Melbourne 2008

“He’s invariably hilarious” (4 & a half stars) The Advertiser, Adelaide 2009

 

(From a press release)

 

Auckland

Dates:                          Sat 30 & Thu 5 – Fri 6 May, 9pm            

Venue:                          SKYCITY Theatre Level 3, cnr Wellesley St West & Hobson St, CBD

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

Booking:                       0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz    

 

Wellington

Dates:                          4 May, 8:30pm             

Venue:                          The Opera House 111-113 Manners St, CBD

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

Booking:                       0800 TICKETEK (842 538) www.ticketek.co.nz

How I Met Your Mother renewed

How I Met Your Mother has been renewed for a further two seasons by its American network CBS. The sitcom is still rating well after six seasons, averaging 9.1 million viewers per episode in the US.

Carell films final episode of The Office

Steve Carell has filmed his final episode of The Office after announcing in June last year that he was exiting the series. Will Ferrell will be making a four-episode guest appearance but won’t be replacing Carell fulltime.

Lambert to perform on Idol

Former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has been confirmed to perform on American Idol in the coming weeks, confirming via Twitter that he would be singing a track from his debut album.

Stamos lands guest role on Law & Order: SVU

John Stamos has landed a guest role on Law & Order: SVU where he will appear alongside Footloose actress Lori Singer. Stamos, who also has a recurring role on Glee, will feature in one episode of the series.

Darby confirms Office talks

Rhys Darby has confirmed that he met producers of The Office last year regarding a role on the comedy series. The Flight of the Conchords actor met with the show’s production team but said he never heard back from them after the interview.

Rhys Darby has reportedly landed a role in a new pilot for American network CBS.

According to Digital Spy, the Flight of the Conchords actor has signed on for a part in How To Be A Gentleman, a comedy revolving around an uptight man who learns to make the most of his life with the help of an old friend.

The pilot is written by and features David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia) as the lead character, Alan.

Darby is said to be playing Alan’s brother-in-law alongside Nancy Lenehan and Dave Foley.

Two of Australasia’s leading television comedic talents are joining forces on a new film set to begin production in New Zealand early next year.

New Zealander Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords fame and Australian Hamish Blake, one half of comic duo Hamish and Andy, will collaborate on a new film called Two Little Boys which will be filmed in Southland by kiwi director Robert Sarkies.

‘‘It’s actually been in the pipeline for about a year, but all the pieces have only fallen into place in the past week,’’ Blake said of the project, which is described as an “irreverent comedy.”

The film centres on the pair’s ‘‘riotous misadventures as they struggle with their imploding long-term friendship, which has been put under pressure by an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star’’.

Blake, who is familiar to kiwi audiences from his time on Australian show Rove, jokes that concerns have been are raised over the fact that both actors are “cheating” on their respective comedy partners.

‘‘It’s a tough one. I don’t feel comfortable about cheating on Andy but now it’s out there,’’ Blake said. ‘‘We’ve always had an open comedic relationship, but it was for one-night stands only, no exchange of phone numbers. I’ve heard them (Andy Lee and Jemaine Clement) whispering on the phone, plotting to do their own movie to release on the same day to sink ours.’’

Source: SMH.com.au

Live version of Flight of the Conchords in the works?

A possible live version of Flight of the Conchords may bring the cast of the HBO show back together after they called it quits last year after the show’s second season. Arj Barker, who played Dave on the show, is attempting to persuade Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement to revive the show and bring a live version to Australia and New Zealand.

South Park creators sued

The creators of South Park are facing legal action over ripping off a copyrighted music video from Youtube. Trey Parker and Matt Stone featured a re-creation of the ‘What The (In the Butt) viral video in an episode of South Park in 2008 and this week a copyright infringement lawsuit has been filed against them.

Keaton to develop HBO projects

Michael Keaton has signed an exclusive deal with HBO to develop a range of television material for the network. The former Batman actor will executive produce, direct and feature in various projects with HBO saying they are looking to build a project especially around the actor.

Thursday 21st October 10.10pm                  

Comedy

Wingmen 

Tonight Bret wants to ask out the girl who works in the pet shop, but he always ends up buying goldfish instead. He then enlists Jemaine and Dave to be his wingmen and tries to woo her using techniques from sitcoms. Will he be successful?

 

Thursday 30th September 10.15pm                

Comedy

New Zealand

Written and Directed by our very own Taika Waititi, tonight’s episode sees the Conchords trying to look cool for a gig at the Grand Opening of New York’s one-block New Zealand enclave. As a consequence the boys end up getting hooked on hair gel.

Thursday 23rd September 10.15pm

Comedy

Prime Minister

Foiled by the White House, Murray arranges a presidential meeting for the visiting Prime Minister of New Zealand, and a tribute gig ends with Jemaine getting mixed up with an Art Garfunkel fanatic.

Thursday 16th September 10.15pm

Comedy

Murray Takes It To The Next Level

Tonight on this Flight Of The Conchords encore screening Murray tries to elevate Bret and Jemaine on his friendship graph, bringing his questioning pal Jim in on the plan, and Mel demands an apology from Bret for inappropriate dream behaviour.

Thursday 9th September 10.15pm

Comedy

The Tough Brets

Bret organises a gang to protect himself from rappers he dissed in a song; Murray and Jemaine confront a group of Aussie bullies and Mel paints a portrait Jemaine can’t get rid of.