Tuesday, May 17, 2011

“You cross the street. You don’t know why you did – you walk back across the street.”

So last month I posted Flight of the Conchords performing “I’m not Crying” but it wasn’t until this month that I realized there is more where that comes from and, in fact, they actually have their own TV show. It’s like a New Zealand version of Mitchell and Webb’s Peep Show, except minus the most humiliating humor and plus randomly bursting into song. Which equals awesome.

The duo consists of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. (The latter’s accent makes his name into “Brit” which causes some confusion on the show. The former’s name isn’t spelled with an R but sounds like it has one anyways. I don’t know, New Zealand.)


The duo bemoans the difficulty of modern life in the big city. Answers the age-old question of “what rhymes with muesli?” and poses a new one: “What happened to those other underpants you had?”

“You want to sit down but you sold your chair so you… you just stand there.”


Jemaine is haunted by the Ghosts of Girlfriends Past:

“This guy is a fool – he’ll always be a boy, he’s a man who’ll never grow up.”


Bret tells a skeptical Jemaine about his encounter with a girl:

“Your beard is woven of heartache, and we’ll drink for the lonely tonight.”


“West Side Conchords”. I would buy a ticket to this:



An Ode to Friendship:

“I’ll scrape you up and reconstruct you.”


Bret performs old-time Korean Karaoke, which I haven’t tried yet but I’ve done some old-time Japanese karaoke, and I can testify that it is exactly like this:

“The taste is likened to the milk of a cow who has done nothing wrong.”


The real litmus test, though, is how a group performs live:

“You needed some time to clear your head. You seem to have done that.”


“You’re so beautiful… you could be a waitress.”

1 comment:

raney said...

Good stuff. I liked the Karaoke and the westside story parody. They are kind of like Mitchell and Webb you said. I miss you, the dogs are trading a bone amicably.