I’ve just discovered the Flight of the Conchords television show. I know, I know. What took me so long? Well, for one thing I’m too cheap to pay for HBO. Another is that I count on my children to tell me about what’s fun in the entertainment world. By the time they think to clue me in, the coolness of a show is already starting to wear off, so I hope that doesn’t happen to this duo that describes itself as “formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.” If so, I’m sorry, guys.
This past week, I’ve tried to make exercise more appealing by only allowing myself to watch the Flight of the Conchords show while on my exercycle or lifting weights. Instead I stop so often to hear and decipher what the guys are singing or saying that I barely break a sweat. Hey, exercising my laugh muscles is better than no exercise at all.
I can understand what drives Mel, the obsessive stalker/groupie, who is the band’s sole fan on the show. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are so endearingly odd and weirdly sweet, even their names fall just a bit short. No “r” in Jemaine or extra “t” in Bret. They’re laid-back and unflappable, genial and don’t take themselves too seriously, which seems to be a Kiwi trait. (I could be wrong. I was only there for eight days.)
My daughter gave me the first season to watch when I got home from New Zealand. She knew I’d love it, if only to hear the accents again. West rhyming with East, so that it sounds like “weest.” Eeg for egg and Leeft for left. The universal greeting of “Hey, guys” or just “guys”. We say that, too, but it’s just different.
There’s also the tongue-in-cheek rivalry with the much larger neighbor Australia. (Maybe it isn’t tongue-in-cheek. In New Zealand, I heard an Aussie and a Kiwi cordially discussing their rivalry (big brother and little brother) until the the Kiwi said, “At least my ancestors chose to come here.” The Aussie replied, “Being transported to Australia was the best thing that ever happened to my great-great-great grandfather. He did his time and then prospered.” They both smiled.)
It’s fun to watch clueless Murray, the band manager, who tries to manage the band surreptitiously from his office in the New Zealand consulate in New York City. My daughter and her boyfriend are music business graduates, so they particularly enjoy Murray, played by Rhys Darby. I asked, “Where have I seen Murray before?”
” ‘Yes Man’ with Jim Carrey.” Right, Rhys Darby plays Norman, a clueless bank manager in that movie.
I love Jemaine and Bret’s oddball and brilliant music. I can’t explain it. You’ll just have to watch!
Here’s what Greg Royal, who blogs as Kiwi Bloke, has to say about “Flight of the Conchords.”
More about Flight of the Conchords including links to other sites.
The video below combines the Flight of the Conchords with one of New Zealand’s other passions, “The Lord of the Rings.” The “Business Time” video at the time isn’t suitable for young children…..
11 responses to “Flight of the Conchords”
Wednesday night may be for “making love,” but Sunday night is reserved for “Flight of the Conchords.” I discovered the show early on and love its sensibility/lack of.
Jemaine and Bret remind me of some of my third graders (so that would make me – Murray?!!!).
I was going to write a post about the show, but you did me one better.
I’m still catching up on the first season. Hope it keeps going forever! You’re definitely not Murray. I love how Rhys Darby describes his hair color (or “colour”) as electric copper. Cathy
Great post! I’m a fan of the show too, and have been collecting the titles of the New Zealand tourism posters by Murray’s desk. They change them every week and they’re so hilarious. So far I haven’t been able to find anything about them on the official website. I have an incomplete list going at my new blog: http://www.whatmakesmelaugh.com. Cheers!
They have recently moved from 4th biggest to 3rd biggest band in New Zealand after the Laughing Samoans from Ponsonby (I kid you not).
Thanks for the update.
And to Flight of the Conchords fans, go to Kiwi Bloke’s website, http://www.kiwibloke.org, for more Flight of the Conchords information and videos, as well as Kiwi Bloke wisdom. Cathy
I’ll have to reprimand my son (living and working and loving and breeding in Kiwi land) for not letting me know about this one!
Hi, Paula, I thought about you and your son while (whilst!) we were there. There are great people in New Zealand! Cathy
Hey Kiwi Girl, Great write ya got there. I love all your posts and it’s good to see that you’re breaking out of your animal kingdom for some homo sapiens now. AT
Has Annette blessed Cath as an honorary Kiwi?
It seems that Annette has, and I take it as a great honor, although I don’t know much of anything except it’s a beautiful and fascinating country full of wonderful people…and sheep! I did get to see some kiwi birds in a dark room (they’re noctural) at an animal park, even though my night vision is poor. Two kiwis met and seemed to do a sword fight with their beaks as a greeting. Cathy
Just a clarification for those not in the know…a Kiwi is a term for a New Zealander, a Kiwifruit is the small brown (or gold) fruit originally from New Zealand. The kiwi bird is a native nocturnal flightless bird found only in New Zealand.
I love all the musical numbers and for HBO it is not to porny which means I can watch it with my teen and she will not cringe. I fought watching it last year when her obsession began. But after it was reviewed on Sunday Morning (CBS) I started watching it with her and now I love it. I love the song about Hurt feelings. Genius.
I just went to YouTube and watched Hurt Feelings. So touching and hilarious at the same time! Cathy
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