The Flight of the Conchords
It was a little over a year ago when my drinking buddies introduced me to the folk singing duo "Flight of the Conchords". Featuring Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie -- who oddly enough had a cameo role in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King -- the duo took HBO's One Night Stand by storm. Every night I hit the bars there was a good chance that my friends and I would return home, start up HBO on Demand, and watch the four FOTC songs featured during the episode.
In anticipation of the premiere of The Flight of the Conchords series, HBO has reposted the One Night Stand episode on HBO on Demand. If you don't have HBO on Demand, you can watch all four songs right here. In short, I love these guys and am glad to see them finally get their own show.
The Flight of the Conchords Sunday
HBO introduces an irreverent half-hour musical comedy series co-conceived (with James Bobin) and performed by Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, a cutting-edge folk-comedy performance duo from New Zealand whose live stage shows as Flight of the Conchords have won them a worldwide cult following, as well as a 2005 One Night Stand on HBO.
In their new HBO series, Jemaine and Bret (playing naïve, fictionalized versions of themselves) move to downtown Manhattan, where they hang out, go to bohemian parties, interact with their (single) obsessed fan, get mugged by inept thugs, hurt each other’s feelings, and pursue relationships with elusive women, with marginal success. As we see, the duo’s innocent, misguided efforts to find romance or land a gig rarely yield dividends, but they do spawn an abundance of plaintive Conchord tunes about life, love, and the pursuit of an elusive music video.
As an added bonus, HBO has posted the first episode online early. Watch it by visiting: http://www.hbo.com/conchords
Having watched the episode, I can tell you that the comedy is dry-but-witty and, as expected, the songs are both creative and humorous.
The Flight of the Conchords premieres this Sunday on HBO at 10:30 PM.
Stay tuned for updates.