Flight Of The Conchords

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:47 pm
It's a little bit Curb Your Enthusiasm; a little bit The Tenacious D T.V Show.

[quote:709268e126]Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals.

Bret and Jemaine have moved to New York in the hope of forging a successful music career. So far they've managed to find a manager (whose "other" job is at the New Zealand Consulate), one fan (a married obsessive) and one friend (who owns the local pawn shop) -- but not much else. [/quote:709268e126]

[url]http://www.hbo.com/conchords/about/index.html[/url]

Reasons to check it out include the fact it stars the always hilarious Arj Barker, the funky and very cool opening theme music, and the fact you can watch the pilot FREE (and apparently legally) on the official HBO site...right here.

[url]http://www.hbo.com/conchords/[/url]

It's also [i:709268e126][b:709268e126]freaking hilarious [/b:709268e126][/i:709268e126]from start to finish, which is the main reason you should check it out. Highly, [i:709268e126]highly[/i:709268e126] recommended.

Easily my favourite new comedy I've seen this year.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:27 pm
Did I mention it's hilarious? :eh:
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:17 am
He's right, it is hilarious. The guys are awesome. Anyone here see their standup last time they were in Melbourne? They played a comedy festival at the Victoria Hotel, and couple of random places like Fitzroy, and then [i:3784c022cc]never came back[/i:3784c022cc], devastating my sister and I more than I can possibly say (sob!).

I found their site, and through that the ep, which I can not only thoroughly but enthusiastically endorse. If you like the funny, start watching. It's the only thing that will bring them back home to entertain us in person.

The theme song is by them, in case -- I'm preaching to a choir here, aren't I? They're musical comedians, and, well, I've embarrassed myself enough here, huh? Time to put down the pom-poms and stop jumping up and down in agreement with A.A.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:45 pm
[i:f088ba9c93]Thank you[/i:f088ba9c93], Wen. :D

At least one other person has good sense/taste. :P

Love Arj Barker's line in the show:

[i:f088ba9c93]"He knows what he's doing!" [/i:f088ba9c93] :lol:

Didn't see their stand-up unfortunately. :(
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:33 pm
[quote:d87af9b443][size=18:d87af9b443]Musical misfits hoping for their big break[/size:d87af9b443]

There's really no better way to put this: Whatever you do, make sure you carve out some time to watch "Flight of the Conchords" on HBO Sunday night. At 10:30 p.m.

Sure, that's not the sexiest start to a story you've ever read, but it's the essential element. "Flight of the Conchords" may well be the funniest thing you've seen in ages and -- at least for a half hour -- answers the question of whether HBO has any good shows left.

"Flight of the Conchords" stars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement as the "digi-folk" band of the same name. They're from New Zealand -- you know, not Australia -- and they have come to New York to make it big.

Of course, nobody knows them and they're broke. Wait, that's not exactly true. Mel (comedian Kristen Schaal) knows them. She's their No. 1 fan. And, as the band knows only too well, their only fan. Mel is completely obsessed with the duo. Her husband, however, is not so keen on her fixation. But she browbeats him into driving her around New York in search of her heroes.

The broke part -- that's all true. Bret and Jemaine are living in a dumpy New York apartment, scrounging for jobs, scrounging for food, trying to meet girls and get gigs.

They are not very successful at it.

Part of the problem can be traced back to their manager, Murray (Rhys Darby), who -- not unlike Darren (Stephen Merchant) in "Extras" -- is quite possibly the worst manager ever. At least Murray is a stickler for band meetings (he takes roll call) and keeps a positive attitude even though the band has almost no chance of getting a respectable gig.

"Flight of the Conchords" comes from the same lineage as Tenacious D -- two mostly loserish musicians trying to make a living. But while Tenacious D was all testosterone and drive, Flight of the Conchords is a band that plays more laid-back (but no less hilarious) numbers. They have ambition to practice and be successful, but mostly they sleep or sit around or hang out. They are very Zen in their poverty and failure.

It's a great conceit for a series because both McKenzie, with his slacker mentality, and Clement, with his nerdier cluelessness, are instantly likable. You root for them in everything, even if it's something as mundane as having enough money to get food. You want them, via Murray, to get the gig of their lives. You just know it's not going to happen. They shot a video once but had to use a cell phone because they couldn't afford to rent a real camera.

It's that kind of life.

Both McKenzie and Clement have superb timing and an effortless way with brilliant, subtle jokes (they're also the writers). The series floats by like some lo-fi laugh fest captured by a documentary camera, but no doubt tons of work has gone into getting the tone exactly right.

And the skimpy premise works beautifully. Murray has a day job at the New Zealand Consulate, which gives him all the time in the world to manage the band from his desk (New Zealand is the recurring punch line and it never fails). Mel's obsessive creepiness and meritless optimism about the duo's chances of success comes in small bunches when needed. And the band's other (only?) friend in New York, Dave (comedian Arj Barker), gives them advice about America and girls and such as needed. That's it. That's the show. Nothing is forced. Simplicity is its master. Everyone involved is understated and hilarious, letting McKenzie and Clement's writing shine through.

Of course, you can't discount the music. The duo break into song (little videos, essentially, that fit the plot) a couple of times an episode, and each is a slice of ridiculous genius that will leave you gutted with laughter. McKenzie and Clement can sing (Clement has the added benefit of his character thinking he's sexy but coming off, as the show's description says of his geeky glasses and mutton-chops, like "an ogre who works in a library"). Never have absurdity and self-deprecation worked better.

(It's best not to oversell the songs -- or the series, for that matter -- because both are exceedingly more great than you expect going in, though this sentence probably ruins that surprise. Oh well.)

Though Tenacious D is long gone and premature retirement of "Extras" bolstered Ricky Gervais' and Merchant's philosophy of getting out while you're ahead (sadly, no Season 3), it just means "Flight of the Conchords" is even more welcome. There's always a need for songs about part-time models, robots, standing around bored and such. And there's always a welcome mat out for series about show-business failure, particularly if the people involved seem really nice (but not remotely cutthroat enough to make it happen).

"Flight of the Conchords" takes a little and makes a lot. Who knew that jokes about New Zealand (an overreliance on "Lord of the Rings" references to promote tourism, a disdain for the more popular Australia and the silent suffering of Americans who think you're English) could be so pitch-perfect funny? Or that two earnest and likable guys from a tiny country coming to New York City with big dreams (and acoustic guitars) -- and failing spectacularly, but doing so with a Zen mind-set and a laconic, breezy acceptance of their fate -- would be such a wonderful idea?[/quote:d87af9b443]

[url]http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2007/06/15/DDGIPQF45J1.DTL[/url]

See? I (and Wen) told you it was funny... :whistle:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 10:22 pm
I think I'm in love.

I wouldn't call it hilarious. More amusing, very clever and completely endearing.
Which is more than what i expected. In fact i didnt expect much.....considering its a comedy from HBO.
I loved the obtuse singing throughout the episode, it really added to the almost surreal tone, that they have going. Plus the acting was fantastic, the two leads have their characters pat down already.

"But what I really want is an Australia."
Hee! My favourite line.

I think i've found my new favourite comedy on TV.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:02 am
[quote:4a313085ad]In fact i didnt expect much.....considering its a comedy from HBO.[/quote:4a313085ad]

A little respect please. They did give us [i:4a313085ad]The Larry Sanders Show.[/i:4a313085ad] That was 15 years ago, but still...

[quote:4a313085ad]I think I'm in love.

I wouldn't call it hilarious. More amusing, very clever and completely endearing [/quote:4a313085ad]

Yep. Endearing, that's about the right word for it. When I wasn't laughing, I was enjoying just watching them hang out and talk crap. It was the most enjoyable 30 minutes of TV I've seen in a long time...

Well...that makes 3 of us now. :)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 9:05 pm
This show is great. Really great. Really.

I'm going to keep plugging it until more people watch. It is the off season, so if you're got not much else going on your downloads, and think you might find a quirky, Mighty Boosh/Tenacious D-esque (bar the swearing) style comedy up your alley, I suggest (again) you give this little gem a shot.

Currently downloading ep 3...and lightning fast too. For me anyway. :dance:

Ep 2 was hilarious again. Love the agent dude, and his toothbrush fence/Ayres Rock spar with the Australian. :lol:

"Do you have a fence made out of toothbrushes?
"No we have Ayres Rock."
"We have rocks."
"It's a big rock."
"We have smaller...big rocks."

something like that anyway. :mrgreen:

Also, the songs in ep 2 were even better than those in ep 1.

Love. This. Show.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:04 am
Just saw these guys on Letterman. They played a song that was both hilarious and catchy as hell :D

I'll definetely have to check this show out
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:56 pm
has this show been picked up for another season?
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