12 July, 2012 1:49PM AESTConchords take flight in a wild ride of comedy
Review by Joanna LauderTwo unassuming comedy troubadours effortlessly captivated a packed Wollongong Entertainment CentreDetailsVenue:
Wollongong Entertainment Centre
: Bret McKenzie Jermaine ClementDuration:
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.