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Posted by Tom at 08.28.07

One of my favorite, quasi-new shows is Flight of the Conchords (FotC). It's on HBO, so if you haven't heard of it, that's probably why.

A synopsis: FotC is a situational comedy revolving around the misguided attempts of two naive and oft idiotic Kiwis, Bret and Jemaine, to make something of their band in NYC with the assistance of their equally naive and idiotic band manager, Murray. Murray also happens to be a Cultural Attaché for the New Zealand Consulate in NYC, with the embassy depicted as a 1980s-esque corporate office tucked away on some side street in Chelsea (or insert some other neighborhood name from NYC I know nothing about).

The best part of the show, the part that has the most comedic substance, is that in the midst of the misadventures the Conchords will break out into song, and generally having to do with the storyline. An immense amount of thought goes into making these songs as insanely hilarious as possible, to counter the deadpan humor of the rest of the show. So while FotC as a whole has peaks and valleys, these are the tucked away gems you need to look for.

Check out some clips here.

This week featured a little ditty referencing Lord of the Rings, and it had me nearly falling off the couch. Watch it:


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