BIG ramble ahead, and spoilers!
It was an amazing show, absolutely hilarious and brilliant, but what struck me more than anything was how amazingly talented they are musically - they sounded even better than I thought they would live; the singing, the instruments, it was perfect
. I also very much enjoyed Eugeneâ€™s standup, as I didnâ€™t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised that I wasnâ€™t thinking â€˜Yeah, yeah, Conchords now, pleaseâ€™.
The 3 new songs were fantastic, I was so thrilled to hear them! Iâ€™d been thinking it during every single song, but especially with â€˜Wooingâ€™ I was half laughing (because itâ€™s hilarious! Especially the rose part) and half thinking how beautiful it was musically! (I loved the recorder playing! And the celo). Itâ€™s my favourite thing about FOTC, the songs are brilliant pieces of comedy, but theyâ€™re also damn good songs. And again, all night the singing from both of them was perfection. I also loved the mostly Bret-sung one about a relationship ending, especially the part about how â€œanything weâ€™d say was interesting...â€, Bret: â€œDo you prefer cheese and tomato or just cheese?â€/â€Just tomatoâ€/â€Oh, wow!â€. Bretâ€™s delivery killed me throughout
The banter was also top-notch hilarious, I loved the muffin/lift/Bowie chicken-egg situation stories + Bretâ€™s awesome whale impression. When Bret was telling the lift story, he asked the audience if theyâ€™d had experience in lifts before, and no one answered, cue confused look: â€œDoes Glasgow not have lifts?â€ and Jemaine explaining what lifts are like: â€œBasically... if you go in a cupboard at home, thatâ€™s what itâ€™s like, and then just imagine when you get out... youâ€™re somewhere else.â€
There was a great fun sing-along chorus bit to â€˜Epileptic Dogsâ€™, where they organised the 3 tiers of the theatre to sing different variations of the chorus, afterwards Bret told Nigel that his tier (the very top one, who you couldnâ€™t hear much from) had been quite disappointing, and deadpanned: â€œSorry, I know youâ€™re all very far back and thereâ€™s less of you... but that was weak.â€ Heh!
At one point, someone in the audience shouted â€œFREEDOM!â€ and Jemaine said something like: â€œWhat? That sounded like (mimicking Scottish accent) â€œFreedom!â€.... I think you are pretty free, here. Actually, I was going to just say
thatâ€™s what you said, but now I think thatâ€™s actually what you said...â€ and they said something about how Scotland is free but then Bret mentioned the Tory government getting in, even though the majority of Scotland voted Labour, and everyone booed, hehe!
There wasnâ€™t too much heckling, and when there was, the guys handled it so well; there was one â€œWhereâ€™s Mel!â€ - â€œSheâ€™s fictional... so sheâ€™s hanging out with Bart Simpson and... Taggartâ€ - to which everyone cheered, then: Jemaine: â€œWe appear to be real but these are stage personas, weâ€™re not--â€ Bret: â€œOh god no, weâ€™re not this exciting in real life.â€
Later, a guy shouted out that he wanted Jemaineâ€™s babies, Bret: â€œWell... thatâ€™s sort of possible now.â€ Jemaine: â€œI could send them to you?â€, and in the lead-in to â€˜Think About Itâ€™, they thought someone shouted â€˜MILK!â€™ as an issue, B: â€œYep... thatâ€™s one of the issues, if thereâ€™s a milk drought, just get some more milk.â€, J: â€œActually, I donâ€™t think they said milk, they just said something in one of those Scottish accents...â€
- Also during that lead-in, they went off on a tangent talking about monkeys, Jemaine: â€œIt canâ€™t be that hard to just resist them..â€ Bret: â€œOr use protection... Ugh, thatâ€™s a bit full on, actually...â€ J: â€œMaybe a banana peel...?â€ (audience groans) â€œWell you brought it up...â€ B: â€œThatâ€™s not normally part of the show, that wonâ€™t be in again!â€. Then they thought someone shouted out Robbie Williams - J: â€œWell, heâ€™s got a lot of issues too.â€ B: â€œIf youâ€™re going to heckle you need to do it very clearly!â€ J: â€œAnd preferably in a New Zealand accent.â€
- When a sound guy was sorting something, someone shouted â€œWhoâ€™s that!â€ - Bret: â€œThis is Mattâ€ - Jemaine: â€œHe does odd jobs.â€ - Guy in audience (to Matt): â€œTake your top off!â€ - Jemaine: â€œ... When we say â€˜odd jobsâ€™, we mean... not â€˜strange tasks
â€™, just odd jobs.â€
- A gruff-sounding guy shouted out to Bret: â€œBret, your beard looks good!â€ which led onto Jemaine doing a very funny impression of the two types of Scottish accents heâ€™d come across: â€œThereâ€™s one thatâ€™s like (soft/lilting accent) â€˜Ohh, would you like a tattie?â€™ And then one thatâ€™s like (menacing Scottish accent) â€˜Iâ€™ll f*ckinâ€™ slice you up like bread, pal!â€™. No matter how nice what you say is... it still sounds like youâ€™re threatening to kill us. â€˜Your beard looks good Bret - and Iâ€™ll cut that f*ckinâ€™ thing right off!â€™â€, which the audience loved.
Random other favourite bits:
- After the Tupac bit in â€˜Hurt Feelingsâ€™, Jemaine: â€œAnd weâ€™re going to tell you all about it.... once we get back to the first chord.... it's coming...â€
- The elaborations/differences to the songs, like in â€˜Hurt Feelingsâ€™ Jemaine going: â€œIâ€™ve been simmering that motherf*cker for an 1hr 45!" and â€˜Jennyâ€™ - I think it may be my favourite version of that song!
- When they sat down after â€˜Bowieâ€™ and got their kilts on, after struggling to decide which way around they went, Bret tried to roll up the sparkly jumpsuit so that heâ€™d have bare legs, and then said that actually this cut off the circulation. J: â€œSo what do men wear under their kilts?â€ B: â€œSparkly suits.â€
- There was also a bit where one of the instruments onstage sounded a bit like a bagpipe, I think, and Bret was asking the audience, â€œDo you all have travel bagpipes? ... No?â€
- And when they said it was their last song, all of the audience went â€œAwwwwwwwâ€, and Jemaine went â€œOh, well, we donâ€™t have
to do another one if you donâ€™t want it.â€
M&G: Iâ€™ve never tried to meet anyone after a show before, but the ticket woman pointed us to where the backstage door was. There were about.... a couple dozen people there, in the end, I think. We were all waiting in the rain, not knowing if they were coming out or not, we were told maybe in an hour and a half, I was too busy panicking that Iâ€™d spent so much battery life on my camera secretly trying to film and photo parts of the show, that it had none left! Anyway, eventually we were waved over to form a queue, and I heard someone behind me go â€œOh my god, Jemaineâ€™s right there!â€, and they came out!
While we were waiting in line, my dad wrote a Â£1 cheque in his cheque-book for the Epileptic Dogs cause - we met Jemaine first, and he was *lovely*; I garbled out about my camera being really really low on battery and mustâ€™ve sounded a bit weird going â€œHurry, hurry!â€ and sounding a bit frantic! We took a hurried photo, and then I asked him to sign my tea towel, and as he was doing that I said thank you, and that the show had been wonderful, and he was very kind and gracious, and my dad gave him the cheque and Jemaine was like â€œOh is this for us?â€ and I said â€œYes, youâ€™re to keep it!â€ and he thought it was very funny, and laughed and said â€œThis is the only pound weâ€™ve gotten so far!â€ Hee!
Then it was Bret! I was lurking behind some other people getting photos and things, but inbetween people coming up to him, Bret was offering shortbread from a packet, including me, twice actually xD, so I now have a bit of shortbread from Bret sitting next to me
Anyway, I finally made eye contact and said hello, and then garbled out the thing about the cameraâ€™s battery, and he jumped right into action and we bundled together, and I put my hand on his back without thinking, and... then that was all I could really think about while the photo was being taken, heh! - my dad tried to take a picture, and we werenâ€™t sure if it had worked, Bret was very sweet and said that he wasnâ€™t sure the flash had gone off, so we took another one, and then I asked him to sign the tea towel (he did one of those cute little guitar drawings, yay!) and said about the show being wonderful and thank you, and he looked at me and was lovely about it, and said that it was nice to meet us.... and that was it, the perfect end to a magnificent show!
Iâ€™m going to eat that shortbread now!
Sorry about the length of this review!