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12 July, 2012 1:49PM AEST
Conchords take flight in a wild ride of comedy
Review by Joanna Lauder
Two unassuming comedy troubadours effortlessly captivated a packed Wollongong Entertainment Centre
Venue: Wollongong Entertainment Centre
: Bret McKenzie Jermaine Clement
Duration: 180 minutes
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
The self-proclaimed 'fourth most popular New Zealand folk parody duo' has hit Wollongong's Entertainment Centre with face-aching laughs during their first headline Australian tour.
When Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement announced the tour, they explained it was "mostly to apologise to Australians", but it seems like no love was lost with the sell-out Wollongong crowd.
The Conchords hit the stage with their electro-pop tune 'Too Many d*cks on the dancefloor' alongside support act and close friend Arj Barker.
Bret assured the crowd they'd be 'richly rewarded for exploring the lyrics', which include prose like "too much time on too many hands / not enough ladies, too many mans".
Between songs, the eager audience was treated to the salacious highlights of life on the road for the handsome lads, with their exploits including scoring complimentary hotel muffins, fifteen hour elevator jams (not of the musical kind) and an unfortunate ending for the tour's pet goldfish that involved a band groupie.
Despite two highly successful TV series under their belts, plus an Academy award for Bret and a cool 25 million Youtube views for 'Business time', it's clear that awkwardness is the style du jour in the Conchords camp.
It's a style that has served them well for the TV show, and it is no different for their live performances.
The tight comedy act left little time for the crowd to recover from the last crack before being hit with another belly laugh.
The packed audience was more than pleased to hear their favourites, including 'Hiphopopotamus Vs rhymenoceros'; 'Hurt feelings' and 'Song for epileptic dogs'.
As for the crowd itself, some passionate fans didn't do much to dispel the Conchords' belief that the audience was comprised of Bazza, Wazza and Shazzas.
Luckily, Bret and Jemaine used the heckling to their advantage and responded in style.
As well as hitting all the right notes in the humour department, the Flight of the Conchords are also very musically accomplished.
Besides their trusty guitars and synthesisers, the two are also talented flute, triangle, recorder and toy piano players.
They were joined by "The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra", consisting only of Nigel Collins on cello.
Between them they were able to pull off their musical parodies across a number of genres - hip hop, disco, glam rock and 1353 medieval to name a few.
The show crescendoed with glittering lycra body suits, capes and too much gyrating, but that didn't bother the females in the stalls.
After a quick costume change to their uniform jeans and shirts, the Conchords came out for the 'surprise' encore that didn't disappoint, and ended with a return by Arj Barker for the thumping 'Sugar lumps'.
By the end of the show, Bret and Jemaine felt like familiar old friends - even if they are Kiwis - who are way funnier than any of your real friends.
Flight Of The Conchords Play Wollongong REVIEW
by CAMERON CASHMERE on JULY 12, 2012
Flight of the Conchords are the ‘fourth most popular folk-parody duo’ in New Zealand and they have finally ventured out to Australia for the first time on tour
Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement formed the Flight of the Conchords in 1998, first as a stand-up comedy act. Bret and Jemaine then created a radio series on the BBC radio, which then brought them into the television scene with their hit show, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ in 2007.
The fictional show featured Bret and Jemaine, as themselves, trying to make it big in America as a band. Each episode consists of songs created by the band that perfectly link with the storyline.
On Wednesday 11th of July, Flight of the Conchords performed an electrifying comedy act, filled with songs, humour and of course robots from the distant future at Wollongong’s WIN Entertainment Centre.
To commence the night, the band played ‘Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)’ featuring Arj Barker, grabbing the attention of everyone in the venue. Between each of the songs, Bret and Jemaine performed some of their comedy skits, including antics they get up to on the road that involve complimentary muffins. They also amused the audience with their minor costume changes throughout the show.
Bret and Jemaine made use of numerous instruments to play their songs; they even got the audience to sing along to the song ‘Epileptic Dogs’. The people on the floor would sing “Think about the epileptic dogs”, while the people on the left section would sing “Think about the dog, the epileptic dog”. And the audience on the right section would sing “yeah yeah yeah yeah”. Finally the back section was asked to bark like dogs.
Throughout the whole show, one member of the audience was continuously yelling out “Murray” for Bret and Jemaine to hear. For those who never watched the television show, Murray was a character who managed the band. Bret and Jemaine heard this man in the audience and replied with witty and hilarious comebacks such as “I hear Murray is waiting outside, why don’t you go say hi to him”.
Overall Flight of the Conchords played a magnificent show, performing sets from their self titled television series and also old songs that never made it into the series. The duo were just as humorous and comical as they are in their television series making the concert extremely enjoyable for all who attended.
Remaining dates for Flight of the Conchords in Australia are:
Jul 13, 2012 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Jul 14, 2012 – The Plenary, Melbourne
Jul 15, 2012 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Jul 18, 2012 – Challenge Stadium, Perth
Jul 19, 2012 – Challenge Stadium, Perth
Jul 20, 2012 – Challenge Stadium, Perth
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