February 28, 2009
Questions for Bret Mckenzie and Jemaine Clement: Dynamic Duo (Interview by DEBORAH SOLOMON, 3/01/09, NY Times Magazine)
Do you find it surprising that you’ve managed to have a hit television show in spite of your twangy accents?Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2009 9:28 AM
Jemaine: In New Zealand, people don’t like the New Zealand accent, so we weren’t able to get a TV show there.
What do they watch in New Zealand?
Jemaine: American shows. Bret: They don’t understand their own accents, so they don’t talk very much.
What do Australians think of your accent?
Jemaine: They think our accent is crude. Bret: They do make fun of our accents when we’re there.
You first met as drama students at Victoria University in Wellington.
Bret: It started off as a punch-out. Jemaine: In the New Zealand tradition, we started off fighting like two Russell Crowes. Now we’re amicable rivals. Bret: In between fights we’d write comedy songs.
Is that a joke?
Bret: I don’t know.
Is it true there are more sheep than people in New Zealand?
Jemaine: Ten times more. But in America there are probably more ants than people. Bret: More cars than people.