The HBO series, Flight of the Conchords, is back for a second season. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie star as the fourth-most-popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo from New Zealand and the laughs come from all directions. Watch closely though, because the humor often comes in outrageous places. This HBO series is done with humor without going to the extremes of vulgarity and nudity.
The ensemble cast include a manager, who also works at the New Zealand consulate, a friend who owns a pawn shop and a fan who is obsessed. Besides Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, the rest of the cast are award winners as well with 2 stand-up comedians and Comedy Central writers. Each member adds a delightful touch to Flight of the Conchords which takes place in New York City.
In one of the episodes, the focus is on the band’s budget. Their budget was dumped because Bret bought a coffee mug. In a following episode, Bret becomes a prostitute to get their budget back because of his purchase. From the silly music videos that appear in every episode to the bumbling interactions with each other and their manager, every viewer will find something to tickle them. The humor is bizarre, dry, silly, touching, outrageous and quite often, hilarious.
And there are times the humor comes in unexpected places. In the premier episode this year, the band is looking at the replica dolls they made to sell. They were fascinated with the denim clothes on one of the dolls. This was especially hilarious when it showed the comedians walking away from the cameras. Cut-outs of the doll clothes were in the denim jacket Jemaine was wearing. No wonder the series has developed a cult following.
The duo starred in a BBC radio show before coming to HBO when the series started in 2007. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are executive producers and they have been named best alternative comedy act at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. They have appeared on David Letterman and Conan O’Brien. Currently, Flight of the Conchords just completed a lipdub contest for a song entitled: Hiphopopotamys Vs Rhymenocerous . They announced a studio album release for April 14, 2209. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement also appear as the voices of a pair of aliens in the adult cartoon The Drinky Crow Show. HBO is generously releasing Flight of the Conchords shareable music videos, iTunes and episodes. They also host contests such as poster design. Expect to find The Conchords showing up in unexpected places just like their humor.
Source: HBO and Wikipedia