Ok the first question is in from Bree, and it happens to cover one of my most favouritist topics so I’m answering it right away! Forgive me if it’s a little longwinded.. shouldn’t have got me started.. lol
Are Flight of the Conchords as big in NZ as they are in the USA? And more importantly, are you fans?
Yes, the second part of that question is more important so I’ll answer that one first. Hell yes. We are both huge fans and it doesn’t matter how many times we’ve seen their shows, tv show or heard the songs, we still laugh our asses off. Their CD is permanently in the car for the perfect antidote to road trip boredom.
The first part of the questions is a little harder to answer – well other than saying their New Zealand’s 4th most popular folk parody duo (lol).
I would say that they are hugely popular here at home, but for the most part that only came after they became popular in the US. They’ve been around for years and years doing the NZ comedy circuit and had a pretty good response and following to that, but really the tv show and the grammy definitely got everyone talking over here. I love watching their old stuff, because a lot of the material from the first series was made up of songs that they’d been performing for years on stage and it’s good to see where they came from and how far they’ve come.
NZ is renowned for having a bit of a tall poppy syndrome going on, so a lot of people do knock them but the way they’ve taken their kiwi-isms and sense of humour and put it into New York is a winner with most people. Interestingly, they did try to make the show in NZ first, but they couldn’t get funding because TVNZ (state broadcaster) didn’t think they had broad enough appeal. To be honest, I’m kinda glad they didn’t because look how far they’ve come now – they definitely wouldn’t be where they are now if they hadn’t gone overseas.
Ha – I could talk about FOTC for hours but for now, I’ll leave you with this:
More questions please!! 🙂