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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:19 pm 
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Coveted Simpsons gig for Conchords
By STACEY WOOD and TOM CARDY - The Dominion Post
Last updated 05:00 30/04/2010


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FLIGHT OF THE SIMPSONS: Bret and Jemaine do the Bartman.


Wellington duo Flight of the Conchords are returning to American television with a guest appearance on The Simpsons this year.

It is understood Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie rehearsed lines with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, over the phone from Wellington before recording in the United States.

Rumours emerged as far back as 2008 that the duo were up for a coveted guest spot, but Simpsons executive consultant Antonia Coffman said then that there were no plans to have them on the show.

But a source close to the pair said they recorded an episode in January that will air later this year.

They had practised lines over the phone with "Bart" before their studio sessions. "They apparently said it was very weird."

Conchords manager Mike Martinovich said he could not make any comment about the appearance.

"I don't know whether there's anything I'm allowed to tell you about that," he said.

It is not known whether Clement and McKenzie will play themselves in their upcoming episode, but it is likely.

The Simpsons, set in the fictional town of Springfield, is the longest-running sitcom on television.

In earlier seasons, most guest stars voiced fictional characters but as the series grew in popularity it has become more common for stars to portray themselves.

Xena star Lucy Lawless and Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill are the only other Kiwis to guest star on the show in its 21-year history. Lawless appeared as herself in Xena costume in The Simpsons' Halloween special in 1999.

Neill was the voice of cat burglar "Molloy" in a 1994 episode.

The Simpsons holds the world record for the most guest appearances in an animated television show, but the producers are picky about who gets to "go yellow".

It has often been said, only partly in jest, that "you haven't really made it in Hollywood till you've been on The Simpsons".

British football superstar David Beckham, now living in Los Angeles, was turned down for a guest spot last year.

Executive producer Al Jean said at the time that Beckham was not famous enough. "I had to phone David Beckham to tell him sorry. I didn't think he was a big enough star for an American audience."

McKenzie and Clement spent time with their families in Wellington this month before flying out last weekend to tour in the US.

Earlier this month they performed sellout shows at Wembley Arena in London.

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What?! I hope this is true! And erm, they haven't played Wembley yet...

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 5:23 pm 
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They haven't played Wembley yet!

I take this with a grain of salt. No management confirmation. "A source close to". Hrm. That "source" also said there would be a third season... :evil:

It would be great, but I still think Becks is bigger in the US than they are, sorry boys!

But the graphics are adorable, and thanks for posting!

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Yay! Good for them! :D

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:29 pm 
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Well, the NZ Herald is buying it: :)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment ... d=10641794

They basically quote from the Dominion Post, but hey......I believe!* :D



*Translation: I'm hoping really hard.

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They haven't played Wembley yet!
And they didn't fly out last weekend to tour the U.S. Weird.

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Hm...well, they did sell out Wembley....and they did fly to the US....... :worry:

Looks like MSN has picked up on this, too.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainmen ... e-simpsons

If it turns out to be faked, someone's gonna have some 'splaining to do! :lol:

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It may be right, but the reporter got so many basic facts wrong that I'm skeptical.
Jeez, look at a tour schedule.

It would be amazing if it happened, though.

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LauraK wrote:
Hm...well, they did sell out Wembley....and they did fly to the US....... :worry:

Looks like MSN has picked up on this, too.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainmen ... e-simpsons

If it turns out to be faked, someone's gonna have some 'splaining to do!
:lol:

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I guess someone could ask them about it in Amsterdam, but who knows if they'll give a direct answer. ;)

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I have much more important things to talk to them about than the Simpsons so it won't be me. :lol:
(yeah right. I'll probably be standing there staring at Jemaine with nothing to say and I'll be all "how 'bout those Simpsons?")

I don't doubt they are going to do it. There's a drawing and a quote about how they read their lines over the phone with Bart so...

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Are you kidding?

Since when do those boys give straight answers? :lol:


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That's ok SheWolf, I don't want you to waste precious Jemaine moments on the Simpsons. :) I'm sure someone will ask about it eventually.

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Hmmm does this mean people actually watch the Simpsons ?

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DangerMouse wrote:
Hmmm does this mean people actually watch the Simpsons ?

Zing! :lol: But yeah I wish FOTC were appearing on the Simpsons 15 years ago... or Futurama. :thumb: I'm picturing Bender singing robots with the Conchords' heads in those jars, lol!

This is really weird to me because I was playing around with some t-shirt ideas and I made this earlier this week. Isn't that strange?

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Mock, I like your Simpsonized Bret and Jemaine better than the actual ones :thumb:

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