Most comedians are lucky to land a bit part for their first television gig, but New Zealand standup Rhys Darby struck gold when his friends Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement cast him in their HBO series Flight of the Conchords as the two-man band's incompetent manager Murray Hewitt. It's been five years since Flight of the Conchords ended, and during that time Darby has toured his standup around the world, appeared in a handful of films and television shows, and also developed a set of original characters that evolved into his new series Short Poppies, now available on Netflix. Ahead of the Short Poppies premiere, I recently got [...]
Bret McKenzie, the non-sideburned half of Flight of the Conchords, is writing his first movie. The comedian/actor/musician tells Collider that he's in the early stages of writing a script for "a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that … with singing dragons and monsters and stuff." James Bobin, who McKenzie has worked with on Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets, is helping to develop the script, but McKenzie is writing it solo. McKenzie adds that the project is "live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride."
Bret McKenzie recently finished working as music supervisor on the sequel Muppets [...]
Jack Black and Kyle Gass, members of the comedy rock outfit Tenacious D, spoke to Rolling Stone today on their 20th anniversary as a band, and they laid out plans to hold a festival featuring all of the biggest names in comedy music. Dubbed "Festival Supreme," it's "a fuckin' Super Bowl of comedy-rock" in the vein of Coachella or Bonnaroo taking place on the Santa Monica Pier on October 19th of this year. Nobody's been booked for the event beyond Tenacious D, but Black rattled off his dream list of performers, which includes Flight of the Conchords, Lonely Island, Zach Galifianakis, Spinal Tap, Eric Idle, Tim Minchin, Neil [...]
How warmed is your heart right now? (You could probably warm an egg on it.) FotC haven't been doing much together recently but every network should give them $14 zillion to create a show in which they just interview kids about what they think of the duo's respective projects. ("What did you think of the character called Nigel in Rio? Didn't he have a great and cool and manly voice?") You can purchase the song recorded for The Red Nose Day Comedy for Cure Kids here. [Via]
In the perfect marriage of tiny adorable things, Flight of the ConchordsBret McKenzie wrote music for the Muppets soundtrack, adding his originals to songs by Feist, Nathan Pacheco and Joanna Newsom, who I suspect is half-Muppet anyway. In addition to acting as the movie's music supervisor, McKenzie's ditties include "Life a Happy Song," song by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and break-out puppet star Walter; "Let's Talk About Me," which sounds like Chris Cooper will have to amp up the fabulousness; "Man or Muppet," song by Jason Segel and Walter; and Miss Piggy and Animal's "Me Party," which will get a dubstep remix the second the movie [...]
THR reports that Netflix will debut a new comedy series called Short Poppies, created by and starring Rhys Darby, who played clueless band manager Murray on Flight of the Conchords.
Short Poppies is a mockumentary about a journalist visiting a small New Zealand town. Darby will play multiple roles, playing the journalist and all of the townsfolk. Netflix will debut the 8-episode series on April 3rd. This is the first time Darby has written and starred in his own project.
Comedy website Funny or Die announced this morning their first-ever live tour, called "Funny Or Die Presents The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival," which will hit 13 cities this August/September with Dave Chappelle and Flight of the Conchords headlining. Al Madrigal, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal, John Mulaney, Brody Stevens, Jim Jefferies, and Chris D'Elia will also be performing on the tour, which will have two stages in each city. Tickets go on sale Friday via the Oddball Tour's official website. Between this and Tenacious D's giant comedy rock festival in October, it's gonna be a pretty exciting season for live comedy.
This is a comedy site, but rock God and androgynous British spaceman David Bowie is enough of a pop cultural icon with legitimate comedy chops — Extras, Zoolander, that video for “Dancing in the Streets” with Mick Jagger — for us to give him some recognition on his 66th birthday. (May we all be that cool when we are pensioners — because British.) Here then are 6 of the funniest Fake Bowies of all time, encompassing a number of Bowie’s many eras and alter egos.
It's not just a "flippant comment" anymore! Rhys Darby, who plays the best band manager slash Deputy Cultural Attaché in the universe, Murray, said on a New Zealand radio show that a Flight of the Conchords movie is "just a matter of finding time. And I think next year pen will hit paper." Hooray! I mean, we all know the actual writing of a script is the easy part. It's practically a formality. The thing is as good as made.
Bret McKenzie, being from New Zealand, had a small role in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King as a very pretty elf with very pretty hair. I assume that most New Zealanders had at least roles as extras in the trilogy, the country being so small and full of elfin-looking people. And now Peter Jackson has cast him in The Hobbit, apparently in another small role, but hopefully one that involves him and Jemaine rapping or parodying David Bowie songs. Sure, nothing like that was in the book, but it's called artistic license, people. And now, just because, here's the Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros video:
Bret McKenzie of Flights of the Conchords is developing an animated comedy about NASA for Fox. According to TV Guide, the "untitled workplace comedy follows the exploits of a group of employees toiling away at an almost-obsolete NASA space center in Boulder, Colorado." It's not clear yet whether McKenzie will voice a character on the show; right now, he's set to write and executive produce it with King of the Hill writers Tony Gama-Lobo and Rebecca May.
UK comedy writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, who co-created Peep Show and Fresh Meat, were forced to say no to the opportunity to create another well-known comedy series. Speaking to Ken Plume on his delightful longform conversation podcast A Bit of Chat this week, Sam Bain revealed that the duo had agreed to co-create Flight of the Conchords with Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie but had to turn the job down because of their commitment to Peep Show. Here's Bain recalling what happened:
"I remember Series Four, we had a horrible decision to make because we were about a week away from flying to LA to co-create [...]
Flight of the Conchords frontman Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for penning the song "Man or Muppet" for last year's Muppets reboot, is coming back to write music for the sequel, according to an interview with the movie's producer at Collider. Filming is expected to begin in January in London, with the original film's director James Bobin behind the camera again, working from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller, who also co-wrote the previous Muppets movie. Rehiring McKenzie is a major coup as his asking price has probably increased exponentially since winning that Oscar. Let's just hope he doesn't write a rap song for an old [...]
It's Business Time! Bret McKenzie, post-Muppet -songwriting, said that he and Jemaine Clement are "going to try and do a movie." A Flight of the Conchords movie would be amazing, If You're Into It. And as long as You Don't Have to Be a Prostitute to go see it in theaters. Ooh, I hope they get Kristen Schaal to return as Mel (or some other Leggy Blonde), otherwise there might be Too Many Dicks (on the Dance Floor). Really, if it happens, this movie could be the Most Beautiful [Movie] (In the Room). Think About It. Foux Da Fa Fa.
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