Flight Of The Conchords: High On Folk
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2003
New Zealand's bad boys of folk are back, and this time they are high. High on folk.
In the world of quickfire comedy, Flight Of The Conchords have a different approach - a slowly smouldering feel that seduces audiences into their twilight world of folk parody.
This Kiwi duo were the underground hit of last year's Fringe, and their failure to make Perrier's best newcomer shortlist was little short of an outrage. But now they're back with an array of new songs, an army of new fans - but the same gloriously low-key banter.
They take a broad approach to what constitutes folk, evoking not only old skool classics like Durham Town, but soul and hip-hop, too, with the splendid, and touchingly naïve, rap Hip-Hopapotomus vs Rhymenoceros a genuine classic.
The songs are delightful, and the lads have fantastic voices, but the real joy is in their deadpan banter, or "clever talking", which quietly mocks every aspect of music and their own obsessions by treating everything with unyielding gravitas. Some of this is immensely subtle, yet nobody misses a single joke - and why would they, the entire audience is always captivated by the Conchords' magic.
There's only one track that doesn't really come off - a Western number about evil gunslinger Stana, but even this contains a fantastic aside as they deconstruct the cliché "this town ain't big enough for the both of us" to the nth degree. A typically inventive touch from two sublime comic minds.
Flight Of The Conchords are a genuinely different, refreshing act with a truly beautiful line in comedy. They deserve every ounce of their cult success.
Mark - 19/05/2009
Thank God for HBO. I don't know about their popularity in NZ, but these two are definitely in my top list of Funny Acts. Just amazing. Hope they will tour the Eastern US soon
Chelle Belle - 12/11/2005
When HBO said these guys were a New Zealand folk guitar comedy duo I almost turned the channel. (Sounds like some stuff my granny would listen to.) Glad I hung in there! They left me singing out loud! These two are freakin folk gangstas
Kelly - 28/10/2005
Very, very funny. If you like them, check out Stephen Lynch too.
Jenny - 08/10/2005
This duo is hilarious. I saw them on HBO and couldn't breathe I was laughing so hard. Wish I had known about them sooner.
Kristen Knight - 01/10/2005
They are breathtakingly talented and watching them is a delight beyond description. It takes great intelligence to be able to successfully pull off good comedy, and this duo has it in spades! As a tremendous fan of soul and R&B music, I was also blown away by their songwriting, playing and singing talent, as well.
Jayne Bravery - 01/10/2005
Saw them on HBO a couple of weeks ago - brilliant! I have not been so impressed for a very long time, this is serious talent
Christy - 01/10/2005
I've only seen Flight of the Concords on HBO's One Night Stand and have watched that about 20 times they are absolutely hilarious and want to see more of them.
Steve Watt - 22/01/2005
Hilarious! I have never seen a good musical act before.
Rhys - 30/11/2004
Saw them at the New Zaland internationation comedy festival. What a refreshing brand of comedy! Lets hope we see more of them over here, excellent
Lara - 20/04/2004
The words are folking amazing!
Anna MacLean - 04/09/2003
Saw them at the Perrier Awards Show and they blew the crowd away.
Paul - 20/08/2003
I saw them at Late n Live and they absolutely ruled the room. Brilliant!
Amanda Hogan - 11/08/2003
I saw them last year and they were amazing, this year they're even better. Just look at all the comedians beside you in the audience
Tarun Mohanbhai - 09/08/2003
These dudes are so cool I would let them be ice blocks in my convenience store any day. Folkin aye!
Crellin - 04/08/2003
When most folk parody groups are selling out to the mainstream these mother folkers are keepn it real. They prove it ain't about all the money and the hoes.Its about taking Folk Parody to the people.
Mandy Jones - 27/07/2003
If you miss the magnificence that is Flight Of The Conchords at this years Fringe, you're a folking idiot!
The Classic - 10/07/2003
Without doubt one of the top ten folk parody duos in New Zealand, maybe even in the top five now that they have crossed over in to gangsta-folk. Seeing is believing just how 'folking' good these two are.