Saturday, August 28, 2010

Guardian interview with Jemaine

Sorry for not posting anything lately. Just haven't been around for the past few days.

Anyways, read a bit of the interview below:

In your new film Dinner for Schmucks, with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, you play a macho performance artist with a penchant for nudity. Do you enjoy playing extroverts?
Yeah, it is really fun. In real life I'm very low-key. A wallflower. One of the reasons I went into comedy and acting was that I was sick of being shy. I guess I have an extrovert side and now I get to channel it.
How did you cope with the nudity?
One of the most embarrassing moments was when I was on holiday in Athens and they sent me all these references for the performance art. I checked my email at an internet cafe and opened a PDF with 20 or 30 pictures of naked guys. A lot of them were from gay porn. Some were of Colin Farrell. The studio needed one of me for the film so I had to find a photographer and say: "I'd like photos like these taken of myself, it's for a big Hollywood movie." I asked the photographer where the studio was and she said: "Studio? No studio." So I had to go to a public park in Athens and replicate gay porn pics in my underpants.
Are you excited about your new Hollywood career?
Oh, I'm totally here by accident, I never set out to do this.
It must be quite a culture shock, starting out doing small shows with Flight of the Conchords at the Edinburgh Festival and ending up in Hollywood.
The last Conchords live show we did was at the Hollywood Bowl, which is a bit different from the Gilded Balloon in Edinburgh. We would really have to bust our asses to get people along to the first Edinburgh shows, flyposting and all that stuff, which of course we don't have to do now.

 Read the rest of the interview with Jemaine here:

I just love how was mentioned in the interview. Pretty cool stuff!

Image obtained here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Flight of the Conchords: the Complete Collection comes out tomorrow!

Just to give you heads up, since we wrote about this here a couple weeks ago.

The Complete Collection goes on sale tomorrow. Unfortunately, according to this review (found by sargifster from the only new thing that we can find in this 5-Disc Set is first time released on DVD "HBO One Night Stand", which is a corner stone for Flight of the Conchords. No outtakes or deleted scenes from Season 1, as we had hoped before. Sorry... :(

But hey! we'll have a decent copy of their "ONS", which began my Conchords craze over a year ago! This was my first video of FotC I've ever watched - Jenny and then came Issues and Think About It. After that, I got hooked for good. ;D


Oh! And look! We've got a new blog and twitter background! Big THANK YOU to jainaj who gave us the right to use her photo taken during the 16th London show. You can see some more her awesome photos from this gig here. Actually, I was at this show as well and here's one of the videos I managed to record:

And because I can never get enough of the Muffin Story, here's also the banter from the same show:

I think this was the best Muffin Story during this tour, though I've heard that in Manchester Jemaine got into this story so much, that he had tears in his eyes from laughter and he had to take off his glasses to wipe his eyes. :)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Interview with Jemaine in Sunday Star Times Magazine

Recently Jemaine gave interview which was published last Sunday in one of the New Zealand magazines, Sunday Star Times Magazine. The Flighties from have managed to find it on the Internet and you can read it here (but first you have to pay) or visit the forum to read it for free!

I really enjoyed this interview. Not only because of the new photos of Jemaine, but also because once again you could see how down to earth this guy is. He talked about his latest movie Predicament and the cooperation with its director, Jason Stutter. He was also asked about the band and how it was to write the tv series. Even though Jemaine is known for being a private person, yet he said a few words about his upbringing in Masterton and then meeting Bret and Taika at Victoria University. My favourite quote is, "I always like to think of myself as an outsider." He sees himself more as a writer than an actor and he's thinking about making something less mainstream in New Zealand. I'm glad Jemaine is doing his way, but hopefully, we'll be able to see his projects too.

In the meantime, the Predicament promotional campaign is making me very excited. Just today a new video has been uploaded on the official Facebook page with Jemaine talking about his character, Spook. Next week, starting from 17th August, you'll be able to watch Behind the Scenes, part 1 video on the Predicament website just for 3 days. I'm going on holiday next week, but I hope Dave will keep you posted or tweeted (haha!).

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Timetripping: Dave Likes Art

Since we're talking about Jemaine and his love to claymation, I think I should add one more video to complete the collection.

This stopmotion animation is from 2003. It was written by Jemaine Clement who also provides the voice for Phil (other characters are voiced by Bret McKenzie - Steward and David Fane - Dave). This short film was created for ClemengerBBDO (Wellington NZ) for Land Transport and it took them one year to produce.

The video was for cinema and was promoting safe driving. "It's not apparent that it's an anti-speeding ad until the end — and even the hedgehogs are surprised. The ad is longer than usual at four and a half minutes, it's in a claymation format (Wallace & Gromit style) and there's no LTSA or Police logos. But what you won't miss is the same hard-hitting message — the faster you go, the bigger the mess — which comes in right at the end." (more under this video)

What I'm mostly proud of and happy for Jemaine is that Dave Likes Art won three awards at Axis that year - Animation, Direction and Best cinema campaign.

Life on Ben

We already know that Jemaine loves clay-animations. It occurs that he's keen on giving his voice to not only sheep but some strange creatures in a TV series which title reminds me one of David Bowie's songs, Life on Mars. This series has something to do with hygiene, not travelling in space, though.

"TV series featuring the voices of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Jemaine is the green guy and Taika is the purple guy. They come from Ben's butt but are taken from their home violently and planted at the base of Ben's nose when he gets an itch down there and then picks his nose. The series follows the two symbiotic creatures on their quest to get back to Ben's butt making contact with a surreal zoo of creatures that call Ben home. Created and directed by Luke Nola. Television Spacaman Ltd. Producer Neil Stichbury, Animator Any Elworthy, Simon Good, Models Shalom Watkins, Set - Adrian Bennet."


Life on Ben is from 2003-2004 and the whole series of 10 episodes is available on DVD in New Zealand. It may appear on eBay, if you're interested in buying it.

You can watch three more episodes on-line:

Waste Snot Want Snot

On The Blink

Ben Hurt

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Pen: new episodes are coming

About 3 years ago, Jemaine together with Guy Capper did a couple of short films called The Pen. The characters, sheep made of clay, Sheepy (voiced by Guy) and Robert (Jemaine), were talking about different philosophical issues that concern sheep, like if there's life after death or how to baa. 

This year Guy and Jemaine united their talents to create some more episodes for a comedy tv show Radiradirah (featuring such comedians as Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi or Naked Samoans). The show was running on New Zealand TV3 every Friday from May till July and soon will be released on DVD. Let's hope we'll be able to see it as well. In the meantime, we can watch The Pen new episodes on ThePenNZ. Keep an eye on this youtube channel, because a new episode is going to be uploaded every week.

Here's the first one:

Robert and Sheepy have also their Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

FotC to guest star on 22nd season premiere of The Simpsons

Yes it is true, Bret and Jemaine will be guest starring in the season premiere of The Simpsons, titled "Elementary School Musical." It'll air on September 26th.

The episode is basically about Marge sending Lisa off to a music camp. Bret and Jemaine play artsy counselors.

If you're wondering what the guys will look like, the people behind would like to know too. They're holding an avatar-look-alike contest; winner gets a FOTC decal. If I don't win, I plan to buy one myself.

Check the contest out here. Also check out

If you just want to buy the decals, go here: Jemainiacs store.

Photo obtained here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Timetripping: FotC launch the BBC Comedy website

I think I won't be wrong if I say that FotC's international carrier started at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2002. Last time they visited the UK it was five years ago and when they finally came back in May this year, the BBC asked them to perform the official opening ceremony for

They also gave an exclusive interview for that website. Actually, I think it was the only interview they gave during the Mostly European Tour.

"BBC Comedy grabs an exclusive chat with the toast of New Zealand's folk parody scene, Flight of The Conchords, during their tour of Britain. Bret and Jemaine reveal what the UK means to them, and take a trip down memory lane to recall their BBC radio series, back in the days when they used to play to twelve people instead of twelve thousand."

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pre- Order Flight of the Conchords: The Complete Collection

Just recently I heard that there's going to be a complete collection of the show, Season 1 and 2 plus a ton of added features. I really am hoping for deleted scenes from season 1, since the original season 1 set never had any bonus features. You can pre-order it now for the price of $38.99. I'm guessing that the price is actually higher on the actual HBO site, since both seasons and their CDs were priced higher. Anyways, this wonderful DVD set comes out on August 24th.

Here are the special features:

Comes with 4 discs
All 22 episodes within the two seasons
Flight of the Conchords: One Night Stand--Never-before-released 30-minutes special
Flight of the Conchords - On Air Documentary feature
Dave's Pawn Shop Commercials
Outtakes, Deleted Scenes, and More

Buy it below:

DVD cover obtained here.