The 10 facts about Flight of the Conchords mostly involve details of the duo’s personal lives. Much like the music and skits they perform on stage, their history and backgrounds are fascinating and rich. Knowing these things about the two men in Flight of the Conchords reveals a little of their humanity and can help their fans better understand them and their music.
- Flight of the Conchords is made up of two New Zealanders named Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. They were roommates at the Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand. World-renowned for their music and skits, they actually majored in theatre and film. While still in college in 1998, they formed Flight of the Conchords.
- In 2008, their album "The Distant Future" won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album. A few days later, they performed a post-Grammy gig at a small video store in Wellington.
- Jemaine Clement’s ancestry is Maori. The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Clement was raised by his mother, who is Maori.
- Clement has appeared in a number of movies, both in New Zealand and America. He had a starring role in “Eagle vs. Shark.” In 2009, he starred in “Gentlemen Broncos,” directed by “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess. He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for that role.
- Clement can play seven instruments, which he often incorporates into the stage shows for Flight of the Conchords. Those instruments include guitar, bass guitar, piano, omnichord, xylophone, ukulele and drums.
- Flight of the Conchords has appeared on three of the four major American late-night talk shows. They have appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”
- Bret McKenzie had a role in Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" movies. He played Figwit, a role with no lines, in the first and third films. Peter McKenzie, Bret’s father, was also in the “Lord of the Rings” films.
- Flight of the Conchords has released four comedy albums: “Folk the World Tour,” “The Distant Future,” “Flight of the Conchords” and “I Told You I Was Freaky.” “The Distant Future” won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album and their self-titled “Flight of the Conchords” album was nominated but lost to George Carlin’s “It’s Bad for Ya.”
- Bret McKenzie is a member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. The International Ukulele Orchestra are comprised completely of ukuleles with the exception of an additional double bass. Their songs are mostly covers of current pop music to popular New Zealand songs.
- Both Bret and Jemaine are have married in the past two years and are now proud fathers. Jemaine married Miranda Manasiadis, who he had been dating for quite a while, and welcomed a son in October 2008 named Sophocles Iraia. Bret married his girlfriend Hannah Clarke in 2009 and they gave birth to a daughter, Vita, later that year.