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Flight of the conchords Fan club
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- Flight of the Conchords is a folk, pop, and comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie of the rock band The Black Seeds and Jemaine Clement of The Humourbeasts. Billing themselves as "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo", (having been bumped by a tribute band of themselves, Like of the Conchords) the group uses a combination of witty banter, characterisation and acoustic guitars to work the audience. The duo's comedy and music became the basis of an American television series that premiered in 2007, also called Flight of the Conchords.
Named Best Alternative Comedy Act at the 2005 US Comedy Arts Festival, Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and receiving a nomination for the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003, the duo's live performances have gained them a worldwide cult following
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Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.
Kiwi comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement yesterday joined an exclusive club - those who have won a Grammy before releasing a full album.
But that long-awaited album is now not far away, with a full set of quirky Flight of the Conchords songs due for release around April 21.
In the wake of their Grammy success with The Distant Future EP, retailers are gearing up for "Business Time", but distributors are resisting the urge to bring forward the release date.
"I think it's going to be huge," said Conchords' fan Kylie Docherty, product manager of the national chain of CD&DVD Stores.
"They've had fans for years and it's just grown," she told NZPA.
They already have a couple of CDs out - a recording from a BBC radio show and their Grammy winner.
"They were really big Christmas presents, just from them having a really good New Zealand fan base."
The Grammy had not yet prompted distributors to push for an early release of their new work, she said.
Advertisement"I suppose you can't get better press coverage than (they) are getting now, but you can't release something if it's not ready."
Much of the Conchords' recent pre-Grammy hype was due to the success of their self-titled comedy show on American television network HBO.
It came after they struggled to make a similar show in New Zealand.
"I was at TVNZ about five years ago and I remember seeing a tape of theirs which was fantastic but I don't know what happened after that. Nothing came of it," said Karen Bieleski, who is now Prime's channel manager.
She was responsible for snapping up the HBO show for the channel as soon as it was available.
TVNZ corporate affairs manager Megan Richards said she had heard a couple of variations on what happened to the show, but the executives responsible had since left the company.
She couldn't confirm why it was never picked up.
New Zealand Laugh Festival director Hilary Coe believed the rejection was a blessing in disguise, as Clement and McKenzie headed to America and hooked up with HBO.
"It's a show that could not have been made in New Zealand. The whole premise is that `fish out of water' show.
"And the history of the people that were working on that show...the years and years of comedy gold that the director and producer have brought to the show.
"In the States they have an industry dedicated to comedy professionals."
Most significantly the pair gained James Bobin, whose past credits include Da ALI G Show, as co-writer for all 12 episodes in the show's first season.
Bobin was also in the director's chair for six episodes.
When the show came up for auction in New Zealand, Ms Bieleski wanted it for her new network.
It was actually quite a strategic move for us to buy it. We bid against TVNZ and TV3 as far as I'm aware, so it wasn't a case of `no one wanted it so we grabbed it'.
"It was a case where all of us did, but I think Prime wanted it more than the others.
"For a relatively small channel like us, we thought we can't go wrong. I'd seen the pilot, I knew it was great and we are trying to make a name for ourselves with interesting and distinctive programs. It was probably more important for Prime to get it."
It was a move which she believed paid off.
"For Prime it's been a show that's really helped put us on the map."
Ms Bieleski said in some respects it had received coverage "slightly out of proportion to the ratings... Which is great. It's had enormous cut-through."
Prime began re-running Flight of the Conchords last week as an "encore" but had not anticipated the extra attention a Grammy would bring.
"Because it did so well and we knew it was building steam we decided to do the encore performance which in a very nice bit of timing began last week.
Advertisement"If (only) I could claim I knew the Grammys were coming and we thought we'd win one and I whacked it in.
"What I'm hoping is that after all this
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Wellington boys Jemaine (Clement) and Bret (McKenzie) are all alone in New York, following the time-honoured Kiwi tradition of trying to make it as a band in the Big Apple. Their two-man band is called Flight of the Conchords ... and so is their outstanding HBO series (opened last night, Prime, 10 o'clock) following the trajectory of their struggle for success, and with each other.
Jemaine and Bret are mates - but not when it comes to girls. Last night's show opened with Jemaine musing on his great success with chicks back home. When pressed by Bret, he had to admit all three were sisters but nevertheless, he'd scored triple figures. "Not triple figures," admonished Bret. "Three. You've had three girlfriends."
Even so, Jemaine's aspirations about hot women have risen since being in New York. Dream on. At a party, a cool dude, or trying to be cool, told them to stop hanging around him. He wanted to look lonely, a pick-up tactic. So Jemaine, a sponge of learning, told Bret to stop hanging around him. Bret wandered off and immediately hooked up with a girl. Jemaine's eyes narrowed, then widened as they alighted upon a beautiful girl, "So beautiful," he and Bret sang in a seamless transition, "you could be an air hostess in the 60s".
And so began Jemaine's love affair with Sally, Bret's former girlfriend. This was a problem. As B and J share the same room in a grotty apartment, it wasn't easy to get alone time with Sally, who later dumped Jemaine on the grounds she was drunk when she met him anyway. Heartbroken, Jemaine pleaded he was usually more charismatic than this, and the show ended with the sobbing boys - Bret had missed his mate horribly - singing, I'm Not Crying, "my eyes are just a little sweaty today".
In between, NZ deputy cultural attache Murray Hewitt, their self-important, witless manager, was working on ways to increase their fanbase of one, obsessed stalker Mal.
And Murray's music video for the band's robot song, filmed on his cellphone, is probably not going to crack it at the MTV awards. Flight of the Conchords could. It is superb musi-comedy (I never thought I'd ever write that phrase), very smart, likeable and original. One of the best things on TV.
Conchords, although homegrown, is made in the US, where it has been a hit.
DVD from http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...
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A new unofficial fansite www.conchords.net has been launched making it the third unofficial Conchords related site. It joins www.whatthefolk.net in hosting hundreds of photos from a small but dedicated group of stalkers, many (possibly illegal) downloads and much more information than this, the conchords own official site, does. Another unofficial site www.flightoftheconchords.com has even less information than this, basically a photo, but the guy who runs it seems really nice.
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