Sorry, Sherry... didn't even see this thread at all.
Here's what I posted on another thread:
I have been trying to find a clip or anything that would show me their act.
Will some kind person who has seen what they actually do, please describe it here for me? I'd really appreciate it! Please???
No problem Kate
Humourbeasts =Winners – Billy T Awards 1999
OK, its kind of hard to define what the act is really. I saw them back in 2002 and it was a comedy show of short sketches. Physical humour. Funny as hell in an out there kind of way. Really though, if you think its anything remotely Conchord like in style you would be way off the mark. The show I saw was frenetic, fast paced and just plain weird in a belly laugh kind of way. Far far removed from Jemaine's on stage presence as part of the Conchords. He was active, moving around a great deal, very very physical, animated. As was Taika. I remembering laughing in all the 'wrong' places, though wrong is not really the best word for it. It worked, even when it didn't, if that makes sense. I wish I could remember lines or exact scenes played out, but I no longer can. I can recall parts of the show, but not in depth. There is no gaurantee that liking the Conchords will mean you will like Humourbeasts. I can't even begin to compare the two acts as they are so very different. Jemaine in Humourbeasts is a very different kettle of fish. At least what I saw in the show they did in 2002. I loved it. But then I really love that wacky (sometimes surreal) stuff.
The 2002 gig poster
A review from Threeweeks on their 2002 season a the Fringe in Edinburgh said this
Launching straight into their surreal style of comedy with a run of funny visual gags, Taika Cohen and Jemaine Clement soon get their audience laughing. And they maintain momentum as they speed through sketches that skip through memoirs and minds of mad inventors, and ‘the magic of the theatre’, before an absurdly funny reversal sequence as a finale. Some of the content is downright weird, and you can’t help thinking if they were performed by less competent comedians it would be embarrassing to watch. But these boys have the ability to deliver the goods - performing both visual and verbal humour with ease. New Zealand comedy is lucky to have these two on its side.
Yet a couple of years later they did a play, The Untold Tales of Maui.
An online write up of the show said this
Award Winning Theatre Presented by Taki Rua Productions
By the “Humourbeasts” Directed by Andrew Foster
"Funniest play of the year" - NZ Herald, December 2003
".....so hilarious the audience was in stitches" - Sunday Star Times, December 2003
Humourbeasts Jemaine Clement and Taika Cohen offer the funniest, freshest burst of Maori-driven humour since the whiti repati of dear departed Billy T James NZ International Arts Festival, Dominion Post, March 2004
Taki Rua Productions and Humourbeasts (Jemaine Clement and Taika Cohen) would like to invite you to experience theatre at its very best. From October 13th to November 6th, Christchurch audiences will have the opportunity to see the smash production of The Untold Tales of Maui. With the aid of state of the art multi-media devices, massive back-projections, puppetry and computer animated characters, The Untold Tales of Maui are brought back to life through the tales of Nanny, the wizened kuia who spins fantastical stories for Kapa, our troubled youth in need of some guidance from the past...
Nanny's stories take us to a time when the sun raced across the sky like a hoiho hoha (or impatient horse), when people could take their jawbones out at will or change into different animals, when grandmothers could set things on fire with their fingernails, when you could catch fish the size of a small South Pacific nation. At first, young Kapa has no interest in these crusty myths, but as Nanny's incredible stories gather strength, the young fool is soon drawn into the mysterious and fantastical world of Maui and his famous exploits.
The Untold Tales of Maui premiered in Hamilton last November and moved to Whangarei before hitting the Auckland and Wellington stages. With the support of MÃ¤ori Women's Welfare League, Taki Rua Productions is proud to present this award winning show to Christchurch audiences.
A little more official write up (I had to type this by hand, excuse any typos lol) taken from Taki Rau Productions July 2003
This summer (2004) Taki Rua Productions and Humourbeasts invite you to enter into a new kinf of theatre experience. Join us as we bring the ancient legens of Maui-tikitiki-Taranga into the modern age and tell them in a funny way.
Young Tutaeiti, the mokopuna of Tutarnui, is a troubled teen. His alcoholic mother, has sent him to the country, in the hope that he will find himself and an new direction in his troubled life. He is a streetwise pink who has a lot to learn. his Kror, Tutaenui, a simple but wise man, is given the task of imparting to his wayward grandson, the sacred knowledge and lessons of his forefathers through the takes of Maui, our most revered ancestor.
The stories take us on a journey into ancient Hawaiiki, the birth place of the Maori, to a time when the sun raced across the sky like an impatient horse, when people could take their jawbones out at will, change into different animals and venture deep beneath the Earth to an alternate reality inhabited by dead people, when grandmothers could set things on fire with their fingernails and you could catch fist the size of a small South Pacific nation.
This is the workd inhabited by Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranaga, the mischievous, demi-god who was raised by seaweed and jellyfish and who died trying to slay the goddess of death, Hine-nui-te-Po. Centring around Maui, the tales follow him from birth to death, include all the famous myths and also one or two that have, up to now, never been heard.
At first, young Tutaeiti has no interest in these ancient myths, but though Koro's incredible storytelling abilities, coupled with state of the air multi-media devices such as massive back projections, puppetry and computer animated characters, the young fool is soon drawn in to the mysterious and fantastical world of Maui and his famous exploits.
And I really don't think there is anything 'official' out there Humourbeasts wise to download and watch. That they also did a play as Humourbeasts I find very cool. But I really don't think you will see anything of them unless you happen to see them live. As an act, they don't work together often. There seems to be a big gap between projects. A couple of years between the last two. This film they are working on atm is the most recent thing now. And thats not a Humourbeasts thing
Hope that helped
I really, really don't have much more on them (well not stuff I can find
) I have so many files and so on saved, its insane. I think I pretty much have everything there was about them taken from online somewhere
Will this do?
PS - Hawaiiki gets a mention. I think you'll hear Bret talking about it in Mermaids