Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand comedy duo comprised of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. They use a combination of situation comedy and comic songs in their television and radio series and stage shows.
Background: Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement lived together whilst they studied film and theatre at the Victoria University of Wellington. They formed Flight of the Conchords in 1998, following a brief time as part of the band So You're A Man, which also featured Taika Waititi.
Career: Flight of the Conchords's first televised performances came in 2000, when they appeared on Newtown Salad, on the local TV station in Wellington, Channel 7. They played 'Ladies of the World', 'Bowie', 'Petrov, Yelena and Me' and 'Hotties'
In 2002 and 2003, Flight of the Conchords performed at Edinburgh Festival and were nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award. Similarly, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival they were nominated for the Best Newcomer Award. In 2004, the mobile phone company Phones 4 U used the duo in their advertising campaign.
Flight of the Conchords were commissioned by BBC Radio 2 to do a comedy series. The series was largely improvised and was narrated by Rob Brydon (who later became popular through the TV series Gavin and Stacey). Rhys Darby and Jimmy Carr also featured in the radio series.
Flight of the Conchords' popularity continued to grow when HBO gave them a slot on their stand-up series One Night Stand.
This was followed with a gig at the SXSW Music Festival - not normally known for showcasing comedy bands. Whilst they were in Texas, the duo recorded a documentary, which they named Flight of the Conchords: A Texan Odyssey. The documentary was shown on the TV3 channel in New Zealand.
Flight of the Conchords were selected to play on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2007. They followed this up with a performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee. The band's debut EP, The Distant Future, was released in August 2007. The EP was partly recorded at the Comix comedy club in New York City. Flight of the Conchords continued to be a hit on the US chat show circuit, appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in October 2007. The Distant Future won a Grammy award for Best Comedy Album in February 2008.
The Flight of the Conchords eponymous TV series debuted on HBO in 2007. Rhys Darby also features in the TV series, as the band's manager, trying to help them make it in America. Kristen Schaal plays Mel, their sole, but very devoted, fan. Eugene Mirman plays their landlord, also called Eugene. A second series of the show was aired on HBO in January 2009.
Jemaine Clement appears in Gentlemen Broncos, a film made by the creators of Napoleon Dynamite. Michael Angarano and Sam Rockwell star in the film.
It's been six years since the TV show ended, but Jemaine and Bret might be about to make the leap to the big screen.
Get ready for some great news, quirky comedy fans – ‘Flight Of The Conchords’ is coming to the big screen! The cult comedy is being adapted for a movie version, according to co-creator Jemaine Clement.
In an interview with entertainment website IndieWire last Saturday (August 14th), Clement revealed that he and his on-screen collaborator Bret McKenzie were working on a movie script, although there was no clear deadline for the project at this moment in time – or indeed whether it will even see the light of day.
Jemaine Clement of 'Flight of the Conchords' in New York in 2011
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New Zealand filmmaker Jemaine Clement unveils a truly hilarious vampire mockumentary.
Fans of 'Flight Of The Conchords', brace yourself for yet more eye-watering hilarity as creator and star Jemaine Clement brings you the only vampire movie you're going to need to see this year (and, probably, ever again), 'What We Do In The Shadows'.
A hilarious cast makes vampire comedy 'What We Do In The Shadows'
That charming deadpan New Zealand humour that we loved so much in 'Conchords' makes its return in this wonderfully satirical mockumentary about three vampire flatmates who bring in some fresh blood and consequently start to feel the strain of immortality. A camera crew has been granted access to this undead underworld, whereby they meet Viago, Vladislav and Deacon who, apart from having pointy teeth, a thirst for blood, no reflections and the power of levitation, live really rather ordinary lives, going out clubbing in their waking hours and struggling with the housework rota.
The eclusive comic will be returning to the stage alongside New Zealand's comedy heroes Flight of the Conchords and more
Dave Chappelle is planning one of his most major projects since he left showbiz behind in 2005, as the comic is going on tour with New Zealand's fourth best folk-comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords. This is double good news because it spells the return of Chappelle on a pretty major scale and is also great because it means that Flight of the Conchords are still making wonderful music together even after tasting such glorious solo success.
Funny or Die are organising a 13-stop tour of North America that will feature the two comedy heavy-weights as well as Kristen Schaal, Hannibal Buress and Al Madrigal for the touring Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. The festival will feature two separate stages, one for the more prominent comedians and another that will feature street performers, vendors, psychics, freaks and all manner of other tasty treats for comedy fans. The touring festival kicks off on 23 August in Austin, Texas (full dates below).
Chappelle abruptly left behind his showbiz past in 2005 during the filming of the third season of Chappelle's Show, when the comic became overwhelmed with the pressures of fame, the success of his show and the $50 million deal he had just signed for the show. The comic has since appeared on two editions of Inside the Actors Studio and appeared live sporadically for the past eight years - usually impromptu shows - and has since been making his gradual return to the comedy circuit.