The Flight of the Conchords is a folk/pop/comedy duo composed of Bret
McKenzie of The Black Seeds and Figwit fame and Jemaine Clement of The
Humourbeasts. Billing themselves as "New Zealand's fourth most popular
folk-parody duo", the group depends upon a combination of witty banter and
acoustic guitars to work the audience.
The band released Folk The World Tour - Live Album in 2002.
In 2002 they performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time.
Returning in 2003 with a new show, they were nominated for the prestigious
Perrier Award. They also performed there in 2004.
In 2005, BBC Radio 2 broadcast their first radio series. Largely improvised, it
features Rob Brydon as their narrator, Rhys Darby as their manager and Jimmy
Carr as a devoted fan called Kipper. Also in 2005, HBO gave the group a special
on their Friday night half-hour stand-up comedy series One Night Stand.
Jemaine Clement has appeared in 2006 television commercials for Outback
Steakhouse in the U.S. This advertising campaign was launched during Super Bowl
XL. The pair were also featured in a 2005 campaign for British mobile phone
retailer Phones 4U immediately prior to the current 'Jack' campaign.
In 2006 the band also performed at the South by Southwest Music Festival in
Austin, Texas. They recorded a documentary titled Flight of the Conchords: A
Texan Odyssey, which aired on New Zealand's TV3 in late 2006.
The duo is currently working on a 12-part series for HBO, titled Flight of the
Conchords; it will revolve around the guys trying to achieve success in New York
City as a band and will star fellow comedians Rob Brydon, Arj Barker and Rhys
Darby. The first episode can currently be viewed online. It premiered on HBO at
10:30 pm, June 17, 2007.
The band also appeared at the 2007 Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee.