Monday, November 26, 2007

The Flight of the Conchords

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the excellent HBO comedy "Flight Of the Conchords" yet, you're in luck: the first season is now available on dvd! This show, my unexpected comedy surprise of 2007, carries on the great HBO tradition of offbeat, unconventional, and intelligent comedies (Mr. Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lucky Louie) that wouldn't work anywhere else on TV.
Flight of the Conchords, in short, follows Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, "New Zealand's 4th most popular folk-parody duo" as they struggle to get gigs, make rent, and meet women in New York. Mixed throughout the episodes are songs that (by aping a variety of genres and music-video clichés) provide an absurd and unfailingly hilarious commentary to what is happening in the episode.

This clip is from "Girlfriends," my favorite episode of the first season. The video raises several questions, the most important being: is that the real Gérard Depardieu?

I can't recommend this show highly enough. Check it out if you get a chance, or, considering how cheap it is on Amazon, just go ahead and buy the dvd. Musical comedy hasn't been this good since...hmm...Troy McClure's "Dr. Zaius" song on The Simpsons?


Anonymous said...

I own the DVD set -- we should set up an FOTC marathon at some point.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see this, i am shocked i have not met more people who adore this show. I don't have HBO and have only seen a few episodes so I can't wait to buy them all, thanks for the heads up!

William said...


this show is garbage. it is like the mighty boosh without any of the wit.

if the mighty boosh and flight of the concords were in the movie twins, flight of the concords would be like danny devito's stand in. that's right, a person with all the physical limitations of danny devito, but without any of the charm or acting ability. basically like a tall midget with a learning disability.

ps - nice blog. you should come to east lansing and watch basketball with me. i will buy you a shot.

Josh said...

I figured as a Mighty Boosh lover you might not like this as much as some people do. Still, you can't even get that show in the U.S., so this is a reasonable fill in.

I actually caught a couple episodes of the Mighty Boosh on BBC America a couple weeks ago. Man, what a fantastic show...