It took me about 5 or 6 episodes of watching Conchords to realize if it was funny or not, but when I hit the David Bowie episode I was immediately sold. Besides The Office and Always Sunny in Philly, this has to be one of the best scripted shows on TV. The only thing that’s kind of a downer is that it’s on HBO, which I’m too poor to afford at the current moment.
Thanks to a lucrative deal between HBO and Will Ferrell’s Funny or Die.com (HBO owns 10% of FoD), Flight of the Conchord’s season 2 opener is now streaming on their site.
Flight of the Conchords is a Grammy Award-winning New Zealand comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Billing themselves as “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo”, the group uses a combination of witty observation, characterisation and acoustic folk guitars. The duo’s comedy and music became first the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series, which premiered in 2006, also called Flight of the Conchords.
Named Best Alternative Comedy Act at the 2005 US Comedy Arts Festival, Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and receiving a nomination for the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003, the duo’s live performances have gained them a worldwide cult following.