Fame becomes them

Tickets for The Flight of the Conchords’ two May shows at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre sold out in a record 12 seconds. “It’s all just weird,” Bret McKenzie says. But then he finds a lot of things “weird” about the Conchords’ success. “It’s just not something you ever expect playing to 5000 people and having people say weird things about you.” Not Cut Out For Fame And Celebrity may well be their motto. Clearly there’s a relief in the Conchords camp that the TV series has come to an end and they can pursue other interests (which may include film treatments). It has also been reported the duo will make a guest appearance on The Simpsons later this year. Clement and McKenzie were understood to have rehearsed lines with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, over the phone from Wellington before recording in the United States. Before finishing up with a big show at Los Angeles’s famed Hollywood Bowl venue there’s a show at The Greek Theatre in Berkley, California. They say on their website that they added in this Berkley gig because “the last time we played in Berkeley, we forgot some of the chords and insulted the audience”.


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