New Zealand's comedy duo Flight of the Conchords performed the first of three sold-out shows at the Paramount Theatre last night. And funnymen Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement proved to be worthy of their diehard fans' adoration with a highly entertaining two-hour set during which they danced in robot suits, did a cover of "Free Bird" per request, and even brought out the New Zealand Orchestra (one dude with a cello, due to budget cuts).
"They told us we were going to Seattle and we said, 'We've already been there.'" Clement said with a disappointed expression when the two came onstage. "But... yeah... we're happy to be here."
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The night began with FOTC dressed as robots singing and dancing wildly to "Too Many Dicks on the Dancefloor." They followed it with a deadpan dissertation on the song.
Favorites like "Hurt Feelings" and "Business Time" were well received, but the evening's highlight was by far "Jenny," a hilariously awkward song about mistaken identity that had the audience in peals of laughter.
A few rowdy fans in the crowd shouted out requests between musical numbers, to which FOTC gamely responded. They obliged a woman with "Song for Epileptic Dogs." A few songs later, Clement--who has a far bigger stage presence than the equally talented but less charismatic McKenzie--joked, "Free Bird? That's not us." The two then launched into an animated cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
Of all bands, FOTC probably has one of the easiest fan bases to please. Most people who attend a FOTC concert are already well-versed in their material, thanks to their eponymous hit HBO series. The introductory notes of every song elicited cheers, as it reminded listeners of show episodes. FOTC would've had to fuck up pretty badly for the evening to go wrong.
They didn't because truth be told, their musical abilities surpass that of most novelty acts. FOTC actually sing and play their instruments quite well. They may hit those falsetto notes in a mock display of melodrama, but the fact is that they can hit them.