Flight of the Conchords Profile

Matt Elliott
18 Aug 2017

Had the TAB offered odds on Flight of the Conchords winning the 50th Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2008, New Zealand punters here may have been surprised to see them at very short odds, even though their nominated EP is less than 23 minutes long.

Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement were mates from Victoria University in Wellington, first meeting in a 1996 theatrical production. Two years later they formed a four-piece band called Moustache. (For trivia buffs, the other two members were Toby Laing and Tim Jaray.) Like all great comedy duos, they brought different skills to their stage partnership. Clement, with a natural gift for comic timing and inflection, appeared in the Gibson Group’s mid-90s television comedy Skitz and went to the Edinburgh Festival in 1998 with Taika Waititi in a show called Humourbeasts.

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Flight Of The Conchords - Foux Du Fafa
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Flight of the Conchords - One Night Stand
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Flight of the Conchords - I Told You I Was Freaky
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Flight of the Conchords (2008)
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Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie: the Flight of the Conchords as drawn by Anna Crichton, 2009. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, Ref: DCDL-0016014
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Flight of the Conchords - Distant Future
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Bret McKenzie on the cover of APRAP, May 2012
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Flight of the Conchords - Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement
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Pulp Comedy - Series Seven, Episode Four, 2003 (clip 3) (NZ On Screen)
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Bret McKenzie on his way to the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, the evening his song 'Man or Muppet' won an Oscar for best original song in a film, 26 February 2012. Photo: Matt Petit/AMPAS
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Flight Of The Conchords - A Kiss Is Not A Contract
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Bret McKenzie with Oscars, backstage at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood, 26 February 2012. Photo: Rick Salyer/AMPAS
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The Flight of the Conchords are to appear on The Simpsons - cartoon by Michael Mulheron for the Dominion-Post, 30 April 2010. Ref: DCDL-0014248. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
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Flight Of The Conchords - Business Time
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Bret McKenzie and Kermit the Frog sing 'Life's a Happy Song'
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Flight Of The Conchords - Part-Time Model (2008)
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Flight of the Conchords - 'Feel Inside (and stuff like that)' (NZ On Screen)
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Flight Of The Conchords - Bowie
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Flight of the Conchords as The Captain and Tennille, on the cover of US music magazine Under The Radar, April 2008
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Flight Of The Conchords - Ladies of the World
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Flight Of The Conchords - Cheer Up Murray
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Flight of the Conchords - Folk the World
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The Flight of the Conchords take NZ Music Month offshore: cartoon by Trace Hodgson, 2 May 2008 (the second panel refers to a giant squid caught in the Antarctic in 2007). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Ref: DCDL-0006406
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Zowie with Flight Of The Conchords
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What challenges remain for the Flight of the Conchords? Cartoon by Grant Buist for The Capital Times, 13 February 2008. Ref: DCDL-0008387. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington
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Flight Of The Conchords - Frodo (Don't Wear The Ring)
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Flight Of The Conchords - Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros
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Flight of the Conchords - Living Room series one, 2002 (NZ On Screen)
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Flight Of The Conchords - If You're Into It
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Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement: the Flight of the Conchords, by Murray Webb, 4 May 2008. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, DCDL-0006403
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Flight Of The Conchords - Doggy Bounce
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Bret McKenzie with wife Hannah Clarke at the Governors Ball, Hollywood, following the 84th Annual Academy Awards at which he won an Oscar for the best original song in a film, 'Man or Muppet', 26 February 2012. Photo: Darren Decker, AMPAS

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Keeping up with the Wellington music scene is difficult: cartoon by Grant Buist for The Capital Times, 21 January, 2004. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, Ref: DCDL-0008192
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Jemaine Clement - vocals

Bret McKenzie - vocals

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