So finally, several months after folks started pestering me about “this show that I absolutely neeeeed to watch,” I acquired all 12 episodes of the 1st season of Flight of the Conchords.
The show centers on the antics and exploits of two gentlemen from New Zealand (Bret and Jemaine), and their manager (Murray — also a deputy attache at the New Zealand consulate), as they try desperately to break into the U.S. music scene. Bret and Jemaine are actually played by Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement as a fictional version of themselves. Prior to the show on HBO, the real-life duo Flight of the Conchords played at various comedy stages and folk festivals.
This is really funny stuff. I watched it for about 3 hours straight last night to finish up all of the episodes I hadn’t seen yet. My favorites are:
- Episode 3 (“mugged”): Primarily for the “Hip-Hopopotamus vs. The Rhymenocerous” song
- Episode 6 (“bowie”): The sheer hilariousness of Jemaine playing an imaginary / dream David Bowie coming to Bret in his sleep, and then going out into space for a musical interlude
- Episode 7 (“drive by”): Brit and Jemaine confront supposed anti-New-Zealander racism, and learn how to “flip the bird”
- Episode 11 (“the actor”): There’s an awesome Lord of the Rings musical video number in this one. I was falling off my chair.
If anyone needs a copy of the season, let me know. I have it out there on the internet and can give you access to download it if you ask nicely.