Flight Of The Conchords
Olympia, Dublin, May 5
The Flight of the Conchords were almost 'The Grounded of the Conchords' as Iceland's favourite global contribution in the form of a cloud of volcanic dust, threatened yet another gig. Conchords cohorts Bret and Jermaine were gigging in Amsterdam the night before and had to travel by bus when Irish airspace was closed. As with other gigs before there was much speculation as to whether New Zealand's fourth most popular folk comedy duo would make it to the show at all.
Warming up the crowd was home grown hero David O'Doherty, a grown man, who in his own words "plays children's small plastic keyboards". O'Doherty is hilariously self-deprecating; stating his job is not a â€˜real jobâ€™ and having people look at him as 'some sort of travelling paedophile'. The 'O'Doh-party' really got started however, when he noticed he had a split in his trousers and sat facing the crowd slowly spreading his legs while singing and playing the Beatles 'Here Comes the Sun'. He had the audience doubled over in tears of laughter and was the perfect way to warm up the Olympia audience.
Rearing to go, the audience took their seats after a short interval and the screams were deafening as the curtain rose to reveal the Conchords. They looked a little tired from their journey but it didn't stop them in the least. Hysterical in their awkwardness, the duo explained how the show would work; "talk song talk, talk talk song or even song song talk". Bret and Jemaine went on to introduce the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to the stage to accompany them for the night; Nigel, a lone cellist, or as we were told the smallest symphony orchestra in the world.
The crowd were enthralled with tunes from the Flight of the Conchords' hit HBO series including 'Business Time', 'Jenny', 'Ladies of the World' and a new track about a medieval Jemaine, who tries to woo a lady in 1353. The gloves (and clothes) came off though, to reveal some 80's glam rock leotards for 'Demon Woman', which fantastically took the duo two seconds to rip off their old clothes but about five awkward minutes to put them back on again. The laughter continued through one of the highlights of the night the Conchords' French song about not really knowing how to speak French 'Foux de Fa Fa'. Genius.
There was plenty of heckling on the night but the guys handled it well, with Bret even remarking "Listen you guys have your own show now, and if Iâ€™m being honest it's not going that well", amid shouts to ask them to "show us your tits" Jemaine replied "well between us none of us has a tit to show you". Although there was some constructive heckling when someone shouted "play some Prince", Jemaine responded by launching into 'Kiss' and 'Alphabet Street' which everyone seemed to enjoy immensely.
David O'Doherty joined Bret, Jemaine and Nigel on stage for the encore; 'Bowie' a song devoted to asking David Bowie why he's in space and if there is 'Life on Mars'. Oâ€™Doherty played another small child's toy, a miniature drum kit. The crowd erupted in huge applause and it's safe to say many a side was split and many cheeks were aching. The Conchords came, played and conquered.
REVIEW BY SEAN EARLEY
PHOTOGRAPH BY SARAH MACKEY
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