Jacob Zinn :: journalist + photographer

Conchords get Flighty

Posted in Concert Reviews by Jacob Zinn on May 13, 2009

The Flight of the Conchords have gone from playing an audience of none to performing sold out shows all over North America.

Some years ago, the New Zealand comedians played a show in Vancouver to no one. Since then, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement have released two comedy albums and a hit TV show on HBO, making their Sunday concert in Vancouver much more successful.

Set List
Too Many Dicks On The Dancefloor
Hurt Feelings
Robots
The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)
I Told You I was Freekie
Jenny
Stana
Bus Driver’s Song
Albi The Racist Dragon
I’m Not Crying
Business Time
Foux Du Fafa
If You’re Into It
Sugalumps
Bowie
(Mutha’uckas)

The Grammy Award-winning duo took the stage wearing robot costumes, playing keyboards while strobe lights moved throughout the Center in Vancouver for Performing Arts. They opened the show with “Too Many Dicks On The Dancefloor,” which they said was inspired by a previous trip to Vancouver where… well, the rest is self-explanatory.

After removing the robot suits, they played “Hurt Feelings” from season two of their HBO television series, then “Robots,” but they didn’t put the suits back on.

They might’ve been trying to impress “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room),” until they told them they were freekie in “I Told You I Was Freekie.” Clement stumbled twice over the tongue-twisting lyrics, but McKenzie slowed down the acoustic guitar and they got through the song.

At one point, they announced they’ve been touring with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and brought them out. Due to budget cuts, the orchestra had been cut down from three musicians to one cellist named Nigel, who stayed on for the rest of the show.

Clement and McKenzie went back and forth in “Jenny,” where they each mistake the other for someone else numerous times. They kept the new material going with “Stana” (an anagram of Satan, or Santa) and “Bus Driver’s Song.”

Somewhere during the show, they played “Mutha’uckas,” complete with self-censorship and a few improvised lyrics.

Fans got to hear “Albi The Racist Dragon” from season one, followed by “I’m Not Crying,” both of which got big laughs from the audience.

Clement then asked if the audience had any requests. A man from a lower section yelled, “Business Time,” and they played it, even though it wasn’t Wednesday.

Keeping with season one songs, they went into “Foux Du Fafa” and “If You’re Into It” before Clement and McKenzie got up from their stools to show the audience their “Sugalumps.”

Lastly, they finished the show with “Bowie”–still no robot suits–but kept the audience laughing to the end.

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