63 / Flight of the Conchords

The Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Flight of the Conchords had its origins in 1996 when Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement met as students at Victoria University of Wellington. They started a band and began writing songs, among them ‘Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros’ and ‘Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)’. Their combination of self-deprecatory lyrics and riotous rhyming rap have seen them hip-hop to fame. In 2000, as Flight of the Conchords, they performed in Canada, and four years later enjoyed a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. This success led to a mockumentary radio series for the BBC, based on the lives of a fictional version of themselves. An invitation to perform in Colorado, USA, resulted in filming a half-hour performance for HBO, and over the next four years Flight of the Conchords made a television sitcom, an EP and two albums, and went on two tours of North America.

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