Bret? Present. Jemaine? Present. You? Maybe not present, depending on how lucky you were when it came to booking tickets for the Flight of the Conchords tour that was announced last year. The UK tour will sweep the country this Easter, as New Zealand’s top music superstars Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement reunite to perform such classics as Robots and Business Time. But the good news for those who could not get tickets to the sold out gigs, though, is that the show will be coming to a living room near you soon.
The Conchords will record one of their concerts in front of a live UK audience for a new HBO special. The hour-long special will then air on the cable network in May. With Sky holding the UK rights to HBO shows, you can expect Flight of the Conchords to air on Sky and NOW TV shortly afterwards – a change from the original BBC Four home of the comedy series, which first debuted back in 2007 and ran for two seasons.
Boasting 10 Emmy nominations and winning Best Comedy Album at the 2008 Grammys, the special may not be a proper return to our screens in the way we know, but it does we get one more taste of the Conchords in flight – including, of course, the chance to hear new original songs from their upcoming tour, the aptly named “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour”.
Whether the comedy special, or the tour, will see familiar faces from the TV show appear, such as Rhys Darby’s Murray, is not yet known. The special will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, with Clement, McKenzie and Mike Martinovich exec-producing. We’ll bring you more on a UK air date as soon as we have it.