Wow, many questions and replies and such! Thank you!
I appreciate irony in all its forms so hence the username. There's nothing too profound about why I chose it really. Although all living things seem to come with an embedded irony, but I digress.
I'm in Auckland at the moment, but originally hail from a small rural town. I spent 3 months in Wellington a couple of years ago and they were best 3 months of my life!
I'm musically untalented and haven't acted since high school (that's a definite relief to the human race, trust me). I originally went to the US on a 12-month visa and hoped to get into either radio/journalism/PR/marketing/publishing or something media-related, even retail if I really had to. My aim was to go for a more permanent visa through that, but a disastrous lack of planning before and during my time there, and major issues with the people I was staying with meant that I ended up being broke, at my wit's end and having to go home early. In retrospect, I was completely naive and I rushed far too many things. And as one random guy on the street told me, I should have used my accent as a quirky advantage in job interviews to impress Americans..Incidentally, I found myself playing down my foreigner status as much as possible to avoid the attention, *cough*. Having said that, I loved the US and Chicago, (except for the added sales taxes, having to look left FIRST when crossing the street, and so many people want to steal your water bottles because of the summer heat...) I might try to go back to the US one day. The benefit of hindsight should help a lot.
So, when I returned to NZ I was feeling crappy, and the Conchords quickly became my rock. I damn near cried at the final scenes in season 2 when they also returned to NZ, because I knew that situation too well. I've just been listening to the BBC radio series and I loved Jemaine's line about how some people climb the ladder to success, but they dug a tunnel to success (back home).
Of course, there is the irony that the actual guys have made great names for themselves, which is awesome. They're a huge inspiration to me now, and I only wish I had paid more attention to them sooner! Although if I had, I wouldn't have had the story behind the story of how I became a fan, and I quite like that story. I just hope that one day I can see them performing their music live..One day.