Conchords fans go for undies and tea towels
Last updated 05:00 18/06/2012
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
FANCY PANTS: Antonia Wano, of New Plymouth, checks out an example of Flight of the Conchords underwear, which was a big seller pre-show last night.
Not even wintry single-digit temperatures could keep the masses from filling the TSB Showplace for Kiwi comedy sensation Flight of the Conchords last night.
Hundreds of enthusiastic fans of all ages were giddy with excitement as they mingled in and around the theatre in expectation of the big event.
New Plymouth's Hamish Wright was one of many eager to see the dynamic duo of Academy Award winner Bret McKenzie and Emmy nominated Jemaine Clement for the first time.
"I've been part of a Facebook group for four years campaigning to see them here and that day has finally arrived," he said.
The self-confessed first-time viewer but long-time listener was expecting the performance to be at least a 16 out of 17.
"I'm pretty sure Jemaine likes prime numbers so it wouldn't be a scale of one to ten for them," he said. "I think 17 is a good prime number and it's likely they'll be at least a 16."
The full house crowd were treated to some special Flight of the Conchords merchandise on arrival and it wasn't the T-shirts that were flying off the table.
Merchandise salesman Rowan Johnston said the tea towels and unisex underpants seemed to be the biggest hit.
"We only got the tea towels and undies tonight and they're basically sold out," Mr Johnston said.
It was predominantly young males who bought the underwear but when it came to the tea towels anyone and everyone was after one.
Stocking up on a few items was TSB Community Trust chairman and Flight of the Conchords fan Hayden Wano and his wife, Antonia.
"My sister-in-law saw them in Edinburgh and said they were brilliant so we made sure we got tickets," Mr Wano said. "It's great for the community to get something as big as this."
Some #fotc merch: awesome print poster
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