Flight of the Conchords are the ‘fourth most popular folk-parody duo’ in New Zealand and they have finally ventured out to Australia for the first time on tour.
Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement formed the Flight of the Conchords in 1998, first as a stand-up comedy act. Bret and Jemaine then created a radio series on the BBC radio, which then brought them into the television scene with their hit show, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ in 2007.
The fictional show featured Bret and Jemaine, as themselves, trying to make it big in America as a band. Each episode consists of songs created by the band that perfectly link with the storyline.
On Wednesday 11th of July, Flight of the Conchords performed an electrifying comedy act, filled with songs, humour and of course robots from the distant future at Wollongong’s WIN Entertainment Centre.
To commence the night, the band played ‘Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)’ featuring Arj Barker, grabbing the attention of everyone in the venue. Between each of the songs, Bret and Jemaine performed some of their comedy skits, including antics they get up to on the road that involve complimentary muffins. They also amused the audience with their minor costume changes throughout the show.
Bret and Jemaine made use of numerous instruments to play their songs; they even got the audience to sing along to the song ‘Epileptic Dogs’. The people on the floor would sing “Think about the epileptic dogs”, while the people on the left section would sing “Think about the dog, the epileptic dog”. And the audience on the right section would sing “yeah yeah yeah yeah”. Finally the back section was asked to bark like dogs.
Throughout the whole show, one member of the audience was continuously yelling out “Murray” for Bret and Jemaine to hear. For those who never watched the television show, Murray was a character who managed the band. Bret and Jemaine heard this man in the audience and replied with witty and hilarious comebacks such as “I hear Murray is waiting outside, why don’t you go say hi to him”.
Overall Flight of the Conchords played a magnificent show, performing sets from their self titled television series and also old songs that never made it into the series. The duo were just as humorous and comical as they are in their television series making the concert extremely enjoyable for all who attended.
Remaining dates for Flight of the Conchords in Australia are:
Jul 13, 2012 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Jul 14, 2012 – The Plenary, Melbourne
Jul 15, 2012 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Jul 18, 2012 – Challenge Stadium, Perth
Jul 19, 2012 – Challenge Stadium, Perth
Jul 20, 2012 – Challenge Stadium, Perth