Well. Since I can't sleep, I'll do my mini-review now.
My first Conchords gig. I'd been excited for weeks and the time had finally come. So me and my friend arrived at the Manchester Apollo at 6pm and there was already a sizable queue outside. After waiting around 45 minutes for the doors to open, we were finally inside and we headed straight to the merchandise table. I bought a Tea-Towel, a gig exclusive Lithograph (Poster) and an "I Told You I Was Freaky" vinyl. My friend bought a poster and a T-Shirt. (For once merchandise was a reasonable price. This is a rarity at the Apollo) After we'd purchased our spoils, we found our seats and waited for the fun to begin. At around 8pm, Eugene Mirman was welcomed to the stage by Jemaine's Bowie impression.
He'll make you laugh so hard, you'll not only be peeing on yourself, but everyone in a 3-seat radius. It'll be disgusting but you'll say; "It's alright, because we're having a fabulous time."
Eugene performed a 30-40 minute set of stand-up before leaving the stage. Now, I really didn't know what to expect from Eugene but his stand-up skills are amazing and you're in for a treat if he is supporting when you see FOTC live this year. Unfortunately, sometime during Eugene's time on stage, the man behind me spilled his beer, therefore making my lovely tea-towel perpetually stink of alcohol and yeast
At 8:45, the Conchords appeared. Wearing the Robot helmets and playing 'Dicks on the Dance-floor'. This was a great opener and it really got the crowd going. This was followed by a brilliant set similar to the previous sets for this tour as well as the 2009 USA tour sets. The real surprises started during Bowie, when Jemaine and Bret underwent a slick costume change in the middle of the song whilst the lights were down. They finished the main set with 'Demon Woman' before leaving the stage.
Not 5 minutes later, they were back on stage performing 'Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros' After this, audience members were still yelling requests as Bret asked;
How long have you got, eh Manchester?
They followed 'HvR' with a great version of 'Business Time'
Oh, you're so good at making love Jemaine! Thank you me-putting-on-a-lady's-voice.
After this Bret went off stage and came back announcing they would perform a few more songs. A great rendition of 'Bus Driver's Song' was shortly followed by a lovely 'We're Both in Love With a Sexy Lady' which immediately led into a slowed-down, re-arranged rendition of 'Sugalumps'.
All in all, a brilliant performance from both the Conchords and Eugene Mirman (and not forgetting the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Nigel) and I would be more than happy to pay for tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday if my exams didn't begin this week.