Tonight I went to my mailbox and pulled out a copy of Time Out New York. Who was on the cover? Dreamy Jemaine Clement!
Who’s he, you ask? Only the coolest guy EVER from my beloved, Flight of the Concords -- a comedy about 2 nerdy, guitar-strumming, troubadours from New Zealand who are utter failures in their quest to make it big in America. It’s the anti-Entourage.
I think I’m the only person I know watching this show.
Frankly, I was afraid to even blog about my love for this show. After all, Lipstick Jungle remains running on fumes, and Dirty Sexy Money was outright cancelled. An endorsement from me, it seems, is the kiss of death. And for the record, since bad things happen in threes, I hope the next show cancelled is The Hills (it’s the ONLY way to free me from its clutches).
Anyway, with wild and reckless abandon, I give you 5 reasons you NEED to watch FOTC:
1) Bret: A quiet, mustachioed ladykiller in thrift-store clothes, this Kiwi spontaneously breaks into song with his bandmate/nemesis Jemaine. His finest moment was recreating Kevin Bacon’s Footloose solo in a fit of angry dance.
2) Jemaine: Maybe it’s his thick black spectacles. Maybe it’s the sideburns. Or the giant buck teeth. I don’t know. But I can’t resist when he sings about getting down to business, “We’re in the bathroom brushing our teeth. That’s all part of it, that’s foreplay. Then you go sort out the recycling. That’s not part of it but it’s still very important. Then we’re in the bedroom. You’re wearing that ugly old baggy t-shirt from that team building exercise you did for your old work. And it’s never looked better on you.” Chalk me up on the side Team Jemaine.
3) Murray: Ginger Balls never lets his day job at the New Zealand consulate interfere with holding band meetings, or booking gigs at the airport for the guys. Now that he’s also the big time manager of the Crazy Dogggz, his days of drying his wet tightie whities in the office microwave because his wife kicked him out of the house are over. Probably.
4) Mel: As the #1 fan of New Zealand’s fourth most-popular folk duo, Mel is mousy, yet aggressive, and excessively devoted to the band. Good thing, since she’s their only fan (that is, if you don’t count me).
5) Songs: They are, in a word, hilarious. Their deadpan delivery of the most absurd lyrics is reason alone to watch. I mean, who doesn’t hope to be on the receiving end of this sweet line, "You're so beautiful, you could be an air hostess in the 60s...you could be a part-time model. But you'd probably have to keep your day job."? I know I do.
On January 18th, Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords officially debuts (if you don't have HBO, see the entire 1st ep below or here, then order HBO, cheapo). On that special day, my television will get significantly more awesome than anything else going in my life right now.
It may finally be time to invest in a Snuggie.