Folk The World: Flight Of The Conchords
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2002
New Zealand's, nay, the World's foremost guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo sing all of their hits.
You are going to be sceptical about this - I know I was - but two unknown New Zealanders performing a modest spoof on folk music is one of the highlights of this year's Fringe.
That the audience for these undiscovered comedy heroes boasted more performers than the Late and Live bar speaks volumes about the quality of this delightfully funny show, whose word-of-mouth buzz is spreading fast. And rightly so.
The strength is in the beautifully underplayed performance of atmospheric music and killer dialogue, delivered in earnest deadpan.
It's a gloriously silly pastiche interspersed with devastatingly sardonic backchat - all treated entirely seriously, which only heightens the laughs.
Their songs, with titles such as Love Is Like Sellotape and Albee The Racist Dragon, combine deliberately clunky metaphors and beautifully warped logic to fantastic effect.
One favourite - though it's hard to choose a definitive from their subtly hilarious catalogue - is the self-censored rap based around the theme "There's too many mother-uckers -ucking with my shi-"
A French song they attempt is a little too Priorite A Gauche (although avec un certain extra je ne sais quois) and a couple of other numbers fall slightly short of the five comedy stars, though they are all musically wonderful.
These likeable guys dispel any notion that the musical spoof is a moribund comedy form with a real treat of a show. For all their modesty, they are sure to go far.
The Man - 13/09/2005
Funniest frickin band ever
Zelda - 23/01/2003
I saw them last night inWellington, NZ and I haven't laughed so much in years. These two are going places
Janey Godley - 03/09/2002
Loved the show, Brett and Jermaine are truly talented and had lots of good interest in Edinburgh.Think NZ has just lost them. Their loss is our gai
Will - 01/09/2002
Wow, they were fantastic,. I want more.
Pania - 01/09/2002
Unique, hilarious, gawjuss
MaryBeth Finklestein - 29/08/2002
Shirl - 28/08/2002
Fantastic show! The absolute highlight of the festival.
Mandy Jones - 22/08/2002
Brilliant and easy on the eye too
Russell Howard - 19/08/2002
Olver - 16/08/2002
Seems to be the comics' choice this year, with several big names going back five or six times to see it again. It was an almost perfect hour. Funny, beautiful, clever and great. The cult is growing.
Larry - 05/08/2002
Masterful bongo folk smash hits.
Holly - 03/08/2002
See these guys, you will truly regret it if you don't. Hilarious.