January 14, 2009

THE THING ABOUT UNDERSTATEMENT...:

HBO's 'Conchords' Wing It For A Second Season (Robert Smith, January 13, 2009, Morning Edition)

If you missed the first season of HBO's comedy Flight of the Conchords, don't worry about catching up before Season 2 starts on Jan. 18.

The show's stars, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, can sum up a year's worth of shows in 11 seconds.

"Two guys from New Zealand come to New York," McKenzie says. "And they're a band. And they fail, uh ..."

"Weekly," Clement jumps in.

"They fail every week, yeah, at 10 o'clock," McKenzie says.

See, the band has no gigs. Only one fan. And a hapless manager.

And through it all, Jemaine and Bret — the characters, we mean — greet their failure with awkward silence.

"The stereotypical sense of humor in New Zealand is dry and understated," McKenzie says.

"Even to the point of having none at all," Clement adds.

McKenzie: "We've definitely used that."

Clement: "It's kinda bordering on boring, and we keep it at that edge."


...is that it's only effective for folks who recognize that everything's funny.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 14, 2009 10:25 AM
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