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.
Flight of the Conchords: 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.
Flight of the Conchords: 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.