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In the dark recesses of an underground New York club, Flight of the Conchords, an unknown folk music duo from New Zealand, plays an awkward set to its sole fan and crazed stalker, Mel. The HBO comedy series of the same name portrays FOTC as two quirky Kiwis struggling to make music in the States and frequently breaking into song about their financial struggles and inability to get laid.
In reality, life is quite different for Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, who described their own act as "New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk paradists." But now, following the success of the HBO show and the duo's first studio album, the band has embarked on a major U.S. tour and is selling out concert halls across the country.
With deadpan onstage banter and oddly relatable songs that blend acoustic guitars with techno, rap, rock balladry and comedy, it's easy to see how the popularity of the TV show has translated to the live stage. Fans can expect to hear takes like "Hiphopopotomus vs. Rhymenoceros" and "Business Time," and new material from FOTC's upcoming album—plenty of fuel for the inevitable hecklers in the crowd.
Opening the show is comedian Eugene Mirman, known for his recurring role on Flight of the Conchords as Jemaine and Bret's landlord.