Mistakes provide some more laughs
Review: Flight of the Conchords
Last updated 07:44 19/06/2012
It was certainly "Business Time" on Sunday night when the Flight of the Conchords landed at the TSB Showplace.
A full house packed the New Plymouth theatre to see New Zealand's favourite musical comedy duo and their plus one, a lone cellist named Nigel from the "New Zealand Sympathy Orchestra".
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie started off with a hiss and a roar, opening with their classic tune Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor, featuring MC Arj Barker, aka Dave, from the television series.
The repertoire of classics was there, including Business Time, The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room, Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenocerous, and Albi the Racist Dragon.
A couple of new songs were also given a test drive, and hit a few speed bumps on delivery.
Forgetting the lyrics is typically a performer's suicide. However, it's no surprise that the Conchords managed to work it into their comedic magic.
While many of their jokes were scripted, their ability to ad-lib was proven without question, and their low- key, somewhat monotone humour goes to show just how their uniqueness works.
Being a Sunday evening, the New Plymouth crowd appeared to lack a bit of enthusiasm, which was picked up on by McKenzie who joked: "It really feels like we're not getting along very well."
However, the audience-performer relationship developed during Epileptic Dogs, when Clement and McKenzie drummed up a four-part harmony.
Although a bit shaky, the ladies' part of the harmony was given a boost by one enthused member, who shrieked her lines, and who McKenzie described as being "the inspiring leader".
The entertainment factor kicked up a notch when the pair ditched their stools and and put their dancing shoes on - Clement with his pelvic thrusts and McKenzie with his crazy, somewhat psychedelic moves.
Overall, it was a treat to have the duo in the region. However, it was tough to work out whether the love was reciprocated.
Clement summed it up when he said, "What a night, what an audience" - the omission of adjectives causing confusion as to whether that was a good thing, or a bad thing.
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