The show follows the adventures of Flight of the Conchords , a two-man band from New Zealand, as its members seek fame and success in New York City. The show stars the real-life duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie , who play fictionalized versions of themselves. A second season was announced on August 17, , and shown from January 18, On December 11, , the duo confirmed that the series would not return for a third season. The series centers on the day-to-day lives and loves of two shepherds -turned- musicians , Jemaine and Bret Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie , playing fictionalized versions of themselves , who have uprooted themselves from their native New Zealand to try to make it big as a folk duo in New York City.
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For those of us who spent our early 20s in the late aughts—trying to survive the end of the Bush administration, bootcut jeans, and the inexplicable popularity of LCD Soundsystem—watching Flight of the Conchords return to HBO for their special, Live in London , was a sobering reminder of how much time has passed since then. The New Zealand comedy-folk duo, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, still looked good, but with their salt and pepper hair and beards, they were noticeably older than the wide-eyed transplants who graced the channel with a two-season series a decade prior. They knew the audience would be thinking this, and used it to their comedic advantage. Indeed, the two men, now in their 40s, seemed like cultural relics on stage. In fact, much of their all-purpose humor about being bumbling hopeless romantics is fairly timeless. There are no quotable jokes or laugh-out-loud moments. Instead, the gag is premise-driven, leaning on first-person storytelling. McKenzie adopts a character for the song—a local New Zealander giving a guided tour of the small town where he grew up. That, and the fact that there will be a toilet break at the information center near the manmade lake. The guide continues to point out the surrounding attractions—the sock factory, the Presbyterian fair, the local swimming pool—but his mind is clearly somewhere else.
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The noisy library of New Zealand music. In the austere s, comedy and novelty records — featuring original songs or spoofs set to well-known classical or pop tunes — were Saturday night party favourites. Home-grown musical comedy does not begin with Donald J. The Ashley Clinton Sheep's Choir was created by splicing sheep's bleats together to form melodies. Donald J. Squire recorded the baas in the field at Ashley Clinton, Hawke's Bay, and then edited them in the studio. Local musical entertainers, for whom comic banter was the bridge between songs, had the constant challenge of introducing new material — that would not fail — into their shows.
The duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series that aired for two seasons on HBO. They previously referred to themselves as "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo", but as of refer to themselves as "the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand". The duo's live performances have gained them a worldwide cult following. McKenzie and Clement were flatmates at Victoria University of Wellington , where they were studying film and theatre before forming Flight of the Conchords in They performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in and , when they were nominated for the Perrier Award. They were later featured in a campaign for British mobile phone retailer Phones 4U  and in the show Stand Up! They then headlined at the opening weekend at Comix comedy club , where they recorded two tracks included on 's " The Distant Future ".