May 14, 2009, Category: Family

Jemaine is Sexy, Naked Elephants

fotcWe have all been Flight of the Conchords fans for almost three years now (even before their HBO show) and last night finally saw them live. Our seats weren’t the worst, but only by one row. I should have been on the ball about getting tickets but waited a couple hours too long. They sold out fast.

The Seattle Times Review was spot on. I found it hard to understand at times because of the acoustics at the Paramount, but not enough that I’m going to write them (the Paramount, not the Conchords) nasty emails about it. Bret and Jemaine were off the charts hilarious.

I have to complain about the audience. Part of the Conchord humor calls for moments of silence as they look at each other and respond in a quasi impromptu fashion. Some audience members took advantage of this to yell out disruptions, to which at one point Bret commented, “This is getting out of hand.” Jemaine tried to shush people, without luck, several times. But they played off the audience and kept it light and fun. One highlight of the night can be even attributed to one of the fans I have just complained about who bellowed out “Freebird” during one such silence. Without missing a beat, Bret started strumming, Jemaine joined, and they went on for several minutes singing the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd concert favorite. To use a Chris Farleyism, “It was awesome!”

After the concert, we went to the cheesecake factory and tried to remember all the best moments. I wish I would have taken notes. The kids seem to remember things tons better than Sandi and I and they had some great word for word quotes that I’d forgotten. The show was a perfect mix of old and new…and even the old pieces were tweaked in new ways. The show was excellent and gets ten thumbs up (from five of us).

Flight of the Conchords is a duo from New Zealand that claim to be “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo accapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.” Ironically, their have achieved success by claiming they are a relatively unsuccessful band trumped even by their own tribute band. Not only are they top notch funny guys, they are excellent musicians with both music and humor which could stand on it’s own.

People seem to either love them or hate them. Which group are you in?

 

Here are some of my other favorites, some have a few swear words and adult themes, but nothing over a PG-13 rating. They are taken from either their live performances or clips from their HBO series (which is currently in season 2):

Think about It

Albi the Racist Dragon

The Humans are Dead

If You’re Into It

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

Business Time

NOTE:
As for the title of this entry (Jemaine is Sexy, Naked Elephants), during one of the shattered silences Jemaine told the audience if they wanted to get a message to them yelling it out during the show wasn’t the best way…It would be better to pass a note forward. Then he said, “better yet, write it on a blog with the words ‘Jemaine is sexy,’ then when I google that I’ll find it.” Bret then added that for him add the words ‘naked elephants,’ would get his attention since that is what he often googles.

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4 thoughts on “Jemaine is Sexy, Naked Elephants

  • By Sandi - Reply

    Check it out… Bret was in Lord of the Rings. LoL!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figwit

  • By aubree - Reply

    UH Jemaine was the one that said if you wanted Bret to find it you put ‘naked elephants’

    =p

  • By Warren - Reply

    Like I said, my kids remember stuff better than me 😉

  • By Eli - Reply

    I was at that concert too!, but actually in the last row, so I had the worst seats in the house. I didn’t think the acoustics were that bad. We liked Arj Barker’s comedy so much we bought tickets to see him in Sept.

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