This is intended as a more detailed look at the radio show with info and links on the guests. Lots of British and overseas talent pitches up in the show over the 6 parts. I thought I'd take a look at each episode in turn and shed some light...somewhere. I'm not sure how my take on things is going to pan out here, but when I am done, I'm throwing open the doors to you all to discuss part one ("O joy" I hear you say, 5 more of these to go
) in more depth. This is my effort in getting the ball rolling. Hoping people reading this have managed to hear the show somehow and therefore have a clue about what I am going on about
If not, then
So what do we know... Conchords BBC Radio show info
Episode details part 1: The Conchords suffer a setback when Bret has an accident at The Tower of London. Their first UK gig is in jeopardy.... can Neil Finn save the day?
Bret McKenzie - himself
Jemaine Clement - himself
Rhys Darby - Brian Nesbitt (manager)
Neil Finn - himself
Andy Parsons - Andrew (Pub owner/manager of the Pig and Whistle)
Rob Brydon - narrator
A bit about Rob Brydon. Narrator. Yes, this is him.
Official Rob Brydon site
Tells you more about the man than I ever could
BBC blurb on him reads - Born in Baglan, near Port Talbot, Rob Brydon went to the Welsh College of Music and Drama.
He spent six years as a DJ on BBC Radio Wales. Amongst the comedy characters he created on a show with Alan Thompson were a pair called Tony and Keith - the latter becoming the prototype for Keith Barret in Marion and Geoff.
A glorious career as a voiceover artist followed. Highlights included Toilet Duck and the voice of a whimpering bondage man for Tango.
READ THE REST HERE
Well known over in the UK mainly for The Keith Barret Show. A chat show with a difference. The guests are celebs talking about their relationships and its Brydon in character. I have to say, I found it a great show. Just seemed to work. There is a detailed review over at Funny - Keith Barret Show
And can find the DVD of said show at Amazon UK
A bit about Rhys. Brian Nesbitt, Manager. "He manages. He just manages".
Rhys Darby has been described as New Zealand's most physical comedian. His sensational blend of sound effects, characterisation and askew observation has been reducing audiences nationwide to a state of bewildered hysteria. He continues to blur the boundaries between stand-up comedy and theatre as he becomes every character in his dialogue and can include any amount of song and dance into his performance. Rhys gigs regularly at The Classic as well as many other venues around the city as a pro act, MC and a professional dancer.
Some links to stuff on Rhys
BBC Rhys Darby Fringe 2004 Q&A
A bit about Andy Parsons
A bit more about Andy
He's actually performed in New Zealand. And in the same comedy gala as the guys. He stresses his words a lot. And is bald. I am not sure if this is by choice. I've never met him to ask.
And last but not least Neil Finn
Other links died, I wanted to include the NilFun site, but nothing doing.
And onto the show.
What is it about? Good question. Two guys and their manager trying to make it in the UK folk parody scene. And how they almost don't. Brian is their hapless manager. Band meetings are frequent.
Songs featured in part 1 are Think About It, Think Think About It and Frodo.
The show was captured mainly on mini disc in and around London over the summer of 2005. For the first part the guys took in some sights. Big Ben, the Tower of London and most important of all....Chiswick roundabout. It has the M4 motorway flyover overhead. I've actually driven into London via this exact route many a time. Who knew that one day Brian would stand there in awe. With Bret and Jemaine, who were bored.
To think this
would one day turn into this
Number 7 on the map below incase you are wondering.
And a great site
about the sites of the North Circular ring road. Alas the JamCam for the roundabout is not working. But who knows, one day it may be live again and you can all tune in. Check out the JamCam
from time to time and who knows
Bits I love from the show
Brian confirming the booking for an open mike night and asking how much they will be getting paid.
The Rolf Harris stuff
The band meetings. Brian is priceless during these.
The Chiswick roundabout scene (see above)
The whole Lord Of The Rings segement. About how they sent in their song and a letter telling Peter Jackson to use their song in his film about the wizard and the Oompa loompahs.
Lines/quotes from the show
Bret - "Were from New Zealand"
Audience - "Baaaaa"
Bret - "Were following in the footsteps of you know the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa"
Jemaine - "Sir Edmund Hillary"
Bret - "Neil Finn"
Jemaine - "Rolf Harris"
Jemaine "Is he?"
Bret - "Were not as good as Rolf Harris but uh.."
Jemaine - "Its basically going to be like two Rolf Harris's"
Bret "You know thats gonna cause a bit of a stir"
Jemaine "Its what Brian says when he rings people up - 'Imagine, Rolf Harris times two"
Jemaine "As a manager, Brian...umm.."
Bret "He manages"
Jemaine "He just
Jemaine "Well the gig, you know, it was a foot in the door in Britain. It wasn't about the money, cause we were only paid....nothing. So theres room for improvement."
Bret "Yeah but nothing in pounds"
Bret "So the exchange rate in the New Zealand dollar, you know, were doing ok"
And I am done. The floor is all yours. All I ask is swooning be left elsewhere. By all means have fun, but, yeah, well, I didn't do all this with swooning in mind