"I guess you could consider it camp, but I just think of Brian as being utterly clueless and not altogether manly".
So said a bloke I know. How does Brian see Brian?
Well Sherry what does 'manly' mean to you?
Is it chopping wood?
Is it playing rugby?
Or is it managing a novelty music band?
I think you'll agree it's.... chopping wood whilst playing rugby...
but where i come from every 'man' does that, so I like to see my self as stepping out of the box.
it sure is a manly thing to take on something you have utterly no idea about and then try to make it the biggest thing in novelty music history...
but it takes a truly 'manly' man to fail at even coming remotely close to achieving it!
I'm proud that neither I or the boys play rugby.
I noticed Chiswick roundabout has a special place in your heart.
Is it like, say, the *number one* folk parody duo or the porn king of porn in the porn world of porn?
My father was born in Chiswick and his father before him...I'm not sure about his father before him though, as no Nesbitt has looked that far back.
But needless to say i have fond memories of my father who would tell me stories of the mighty roundabout near his home. He lived on Kings rd, just 200 yards from the roundabout.
The stories he used to tell me about the traffic flow problems and some of the accidents and problems caused in the area especially during the great winter snow fall of 1951 were astonishing. I recall staying awake late at night as a child requesting more stories from my father about the chiswick area and indeed the exciting roundabout that eased the busy congestion.
The roundabout eventually became so popular that my father's father chose to up sticks and move his family to NZ where at the time there where hardly any roads let alone roundabouts.
My father always regretted this move so I brought it apon myself to return to his roots and feel the wonders of this iconic feature of england.
There's nothing pornographic about a roundabout.
Do you still eat pies?
I'm sick to death of pies...and they nearly spelt the end of our band!
Damn Brett and his obsession with all things pie related! Pies really get into ones psyche with out you realising it you know...
Our whole UK tour was pie based. And we even tried to get a slice of the american pie... to make matters worse, when we returned to NZ I gave the boys a debrief band meeting to sum up our overall success and blow me away if brett didn't point out that I was using a pie graph drawn on whiteboard to illustrate our lack achievements. Well I threw the board down to the ground, sat with my head between my legs untill jemaine offered to hug me in a 'manly' way and then we finished off the afternoon by putting my slides in order for the slide evening that was to follow.
Brian: Did you get my email about the $25,000 I wish to send to NZ because of family problems here?
No I didn't but you have to remember I get a hell of a lot of emails from all sorts of people and companies and venues and and various organisations. I also have a spam filter so if I don't recognise your email address it will go straight to the recycle bin.
Mind you I do find time to go through my recycle bin and I do answer all emails...just on the off chance that someone could be interesting in contacting me with regards to anything...look it's all rather convoluted but at the end of the day I can tell you this much...I don't really know what i'm talking about.
Brian: Did you ever hear from the wealthy coffee-bean merchant from the Ivory Coast?
Alas no I did not get any more correspondence from Mr. Mabooku The last I heard was that email has been banned now in the war enraged coast of ivory. I can only hope the 500 pounds I sent has helped him with his deminished finances. Hopefully he and his family managed to escape the country via taxi or river boat. Being a keen coffee drinker myself I also see to it that I do my bit by purchasing coffee on a regular basis. You too can help the course by drinking coffee as much as you can. Starbinks offer a great range.
FOTC are no Dan and the Panda, but you did your best with what you had to work with, any bright new ingenues under your wing?
I think the word you are looking for there /me is 'genius' - genius ideas under my wing.
At the moment I'm taking a well earned rest back in Taranaki. (I say rest but as you may know, I'm back managing the Taranaki Tavern) which means I've really got my hands full with the stocktaking, the refurnishing (after the bull incident), and the booking for our annual 'new years eve open mic night'.
I am of course still managing the FOTC but they pretty much sell themselves in NZ. They're a bit like bottled water in NZ, ie they were always there but because it flowed from a tap it took a genius to bottle it, label it and re-sell it.
Actually interesting fact, we have the purest reservoir water in the world in NZ. But to actually answer your question...yes. I'm currently planning another slides evening.
Who won the raffle?
You'll be pleased to know Trevor won the raffle and in doing so won a fair share of his own bull back! It wasn't that he was lucky.
He was the only one who entered the raffle on that particular night. It wasn't a very busy night. (it was my UK slides evening)
Has being the birthplace of the infamous Conchords made the Taranaki Tavern a major New Zealand tourist attraction?
Yes it has!
We are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Taranaki. Fourth only to Mt. Taranaki (Lord of the Rings) Elmwood regional Park (Lord of the Rings)
and Trevor Davies Award winning Bull (now deceased, but was in Lord of the Rings)
When 'Justin' came to audition and you said "Justin - two J's, that's a
bit confusing.", did you mean he was spelling his name with two Js, as in Jjustin? That's how I took it. Or did that mean Justin and Jemaine?
It's great that you picked that up. This is my most frequent question from people. You were right. The chaps name was justin but he spelt it Jjustin with 2 jays.
I really couldn't believe it when I first saw it on the 'audition for the part of brett' sheet. I asked him later if one of the jays was silent and he said no.
Apparently the use of two jays enforced the jay sound giving his name the extra strength of double jay. Its weird and rather interesting because we have a rap group in NZ that I used to manage called 'Double J and twice the T' it reminded me of them.
Jemaine can tell you some pretty hair-raising stories about that rap group. They were infact a rival band to FOTC in the early years. I only managed them for one ggig. - thats ggig with a double g.
p.s there is also a 'double j' photo processing lab in Auckland.
And a bit for Rhys
I really enjoyed your character in the BBC2 Radio Show. Are you like Brian Nesbitt at all?
No Amaria, that was a character I was acting.
So although I may look and indeed sound the same as Brian, he definitely doesn't have the same gift for language and thought like what I can. I as a person am very switched on and I always get places unlike Brian who means well but never gets to the point. I guess what I'm trying to say is that whilst Brian rambles on and never really understands things I however keep to the point and manage not to confuse the situation I see myself finding. As the whole show was improvised, everything you heard just came out of what we were thinking at the time. So yes I tend to ramble on...but Brett and Jemaine don't talk much, so I had to or there'd be a lot of dead air. By the way we sometimes did 10 or 12 takes on some of those scenes and there was a hell of a lot of hilarious stuff that didn't make the cut. I reckon we recorded enough dialogue to make another whole 6 episodes.
I also asked as to whether we could release a seperate episode entitled 'Brians Best Bits' which would be a compilation of my funniest lines and moments. Jemaine promised me this would come to fruition but as yet I have not received this 'extra episode'.
I have also hinted at a 'Brian' spin off series...
Looking at your tour schedule, it looks like I won’t have the opportunity to see one of your shows in the nearby future. So, do you mind giving we unfortunate non-Brits a taste of your act? Tell us a joke.
(you) -who's there?
(you) -a robot who?
Just a basic robot, nothing fancy. Friction powered with flashing lights
for eyes. The hands don't grip and no swivelling head. To be honest it
doesn't have a micro chip. It's very basic, not really a robot in
technical terms at all. More of a childs 'friction toy'.
(you) -ha ha...