Conchords duo in charity comic gigBy Russell Blackstock
5:30 AM Sunday Jun 17, 2012Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie perform at the Town Hall, Auckland. Photo / Herald on Sunday.
A star-studded marathon Comic Relief TV show is in the works featuring Flight of the Conchords and the All Blacks.
An announcement is due next week, but the Herald on Sunday understands the show will combine live action and pre-recorded scenes.
The news follows sightings in Wellington and Auckland of the Conchords filming scenes for a new show with Target host Brooke Howard-Smith.
Comic Relief was launched from a refugee camp in Sudan on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia.
The idea was to get a troupe of British comedians to make the public laugh while raising money to help people in desperate need.
It has since become a global movement and features regular star-studded charity events. Now, New Zealand has been added to the programme.
Howard-Smith is producing a marathon Comic Relief special for Friday, August 24. The 4-hour show would screen on TV3 and raise funds for KidsCan, the All Blacks' official charity partner.
Primary school kids in Auckland were thrilled by a surprise VIP visit from the hit comedy duo on Friday.
Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement dropped by Grey Lynn School and spent several hours with students, then filmed behind closed doors.
One mother, who didn't want to be named, said her 6-year-old daughter told her she had spent the day "helping the Flight of the Conchords write a song".
"The children were very excited at having such famous people come to meet them and they all had a great time," the mum added.
Staff at Grey Lynn School declined to say what the Conchords were filming there. But the top-secret appearance drew parallels with a surprise sighting in Wellington a fortnight ago.
"Flight of the Conchords arrived in town. They were filming something for Comic Relief. They needed to use an old-looking office," Wellington journalist Rhonwyn Newson told the Herald on Sunday.
The Conchords took over an office at the Pharmacy Guild as a substitute for the messy, old office Conchords' fans might associate with Rhys Darby's character Murray.
"The guild was so pleased we were able to do something for Comic Relief," office manager Sally Walker-Simmons told Pharmacy Today. "Flight of the Conchords is world famous, so it was really exciting having them in the office.