July 2007 - Claymation fun! Jemaine's hobby and also an amusing creative side project to the Conchords. Jemaine worked with Guy Capper for this claymation series. Titles include Sean, How To Ba and Life After Death.
Radio interview - June 2006 - Jemaine was interviewed recently on New Zealand radio and talked about the Conchords HBO pilot show and other things. Go here to listen now (see the Conchords music player) or download it and save to listen later. Enjoy!
November 2005 - Exclusive Q&A with Jemaine - The Guys kindly agreed to a Q & A for What The Folk! Can
read Jemaine's answers to fan questions.
Humourbeasts - Also the other half of Humourbeasts
(wouldn’t be a third now would he!). Taika
Waititi) (aka as Ugly Dude) is his partner in crime. *Out
there* is the only way I can describe them. I would have put
up a photo here but I happened to take it when the guys were
on stage wearing their invisibility helmets, so they sadly
did not show up. Only two chairs madly going at *it*! They
will remain a mystery and pictureless (the world is just not
ready for Ugly Dude in all his glory). See the reviews
page for more on them. A medallion man waiting to happen if
only he would stop waxing his chest hair! O and wear a medallion!
He does not drink. Not to say that he never drinks anything,
just not alcohol. His body is a temple and is worshipped accordingly.
Humourbeasts in late 2003 for The Untold Tales of
Maui. Read more HERE
on it. (Yes, I relented, that is Ugly Dude Taika....)
Got less than a nanosecond to spare? Googlism
for Jemaine only turned up one answer! Are there so few out
there? It said - "Jemaine is also strangely familiar
as one of those wheelbarrow spinning lads in the db export
Here is where I start my campaign to get more googlywotistism's.
This is also where I worry that Jemaine spun a wheelbarrow......
Below is L&P stuff from a little while back but still funny. While Jemaine does not appear in person in the adverts he lends his dulcet tones to the advertising campaign. I am much amused. Shame Jemaine never appeared in the Stubbies ad himself. His voiceover cracks me up, but his appearance, his legs appearance, would have been classic.
Go visit L&P, world famous in New Zealand since ages ago or click HERE for the Jemaine mp3. Watch the Stubbie ad below. Men in shorts! Men in tight shorts! Stubbies!
Directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, assisted by fellow comedian Jonathan Brugh, explore the flatting lifestyle of three perennial bachelors, vampires Vulvis (aged 700, maybe 701), Viago (229) and Deacon (107). Listless, dandified masters of the artful sigh, they waver between trying to spook the anonymous filmmaker with their doomy tales, and making silken plays for pity. If you thought never dying might be cool, they’re here to tell you about the hollowness at the core of their eternal round of irritating household chores, domestic squabbles and Saturday nights being mistaken for homosexuals in the Courtenay Quarter. Few will be impressed by their haughty approach to younger vampires, though many may admire their openness in addressing such longstanding questions as: how can any man who never sees himself in a mirror care so obsessively about clothes, hair, and skin tone?
Read more about the project from Jemaine and Taika Waititi over on the dedicated page for the film -What We Do In The Shadows
I awoke one
recent morning in January to a fair number of emails about
a sighting or two of Jemaine in a TV ad that aired during
the Superbowl (American Football - Its a sport in America apparently)
For Outback Steakhouse. And lo, this turned out to be true.
Not only has Jemaine turned into an Aussie, he turned into
a mini mullet wearing one! The horror!
The TV viewing United States now think thats how Australians
talk! Much amused. (Anyone wanting to brush up on their Aussie
speak can go here).
However, I have been reliably informed the Aussies are not
fooled one bit and reckon he sounds like a Kiwi. Funny that.
(In the interest of science I carried out an indepth survey
to prove this. I asked my partner, who happens to be an Aussie
to watch the ad and tell me what he thought. His words 'He
sounds like a Kiwi still') Ooops
Attraction. Its a film. And Jemaine is in it.
His part is only small, although he does feature more in the
extras. Go read more on it HERE
and Jemaine's cast write up HERE
Now available to order
online. Read an interview
with Mark Prebble, the director and writer online at the
New Zealand Listener. Futile Attraction has a long and interesting
'making of' behind it. Worthwhile project to get behind and
a great idea from Mark Prebble to help get the film finished
and released. Congrats all round.
Ninja - Starred in/co wrote it/sounded well funny
in it/wore a cool outfit/had a not so cool name (Marvin??)
in the Tongan Ninja. Trailers and TV spots will be online here soon.
Tagline reads: A film that will touch your heart...
after it's finished with your teeth, ribs, spleen and kneecaps.
And........ Worth it for the opening sequence
Jemaine at Bumbershoot 2005 (Thanks Abby for the pic)
EXCLUSIVE Q & A WITH
My thanks to Jemaine for taking part in
this. The first four questions were popular ones asked by
a few people. I put them to both the guys and their answers
are in the appropriate thread. Enjoy. (Please credit What
The Folk! if you use this Q&A stuff elsewhere. Its always
nice to credit the source. The guys gave their time, I gave
mine, so take a minute of yours. Thanks.)
What song have you played most frequently
on your iPod (or
equivalent music-playing device)in the past week?
J: Agua De Marco (The Waters Of March) Susannah
What is your favourite Conchords
J: Busdriver's Song
What do you like to do with your
free time? Hobbies, other work
J: Claymation. Although I wish I could say
something cooler like hang-gliding, snowboarding or sado-masochism.
Your Fan Q's
Are there any comedians you admire?
J: Yes, plenty. Mitch Hedberg (USA), Bill
Bailey (UK)and Sugar & Spice (NZ) are among my favourites.
What qualities do you most admire in your friends and others
you associate? Which qualities do you like the least?
J: I admire generosity. Whether they're
generous with their time, effort or biscuits.
I don't like people who complain about other people. Like
Bret for instance. Just Joking
Tell us about your family. Do you
have many siblings? Are you the
J: I am the eldest of three brothers.
And a little something for the ladies:
What qualities does your ideal woman posses?
J:Sense of humour is high up there. I am
a sucker for a woman who can make me laugh when I first meet
her, and later on in a relationship, after you've been together
a long time it can really help you through tougher times.
At about what age did you start doing vocal impressions, and
what kinds of voices or accents do you find to be the most
J: I used to copy the voices on the TV from
about the age of 9 till I was about 17. I don't think of myself
as a good impersonator though. I can do a couple of voices.
I know people who are a lot better at it than I am.
Will you both list at least 5 of your most favourite things?
(without any funny business you two!) to be specific I want
foods, music genres,
what you like to do in your spare time to relax what's your
fav colour, surprise me now with a fav.......
J: Band: The
General Ethnic Food Group: Mexican
Relaxation: Watching movies
Who has been the biggest influence
in your lives; inspiring your choice of career choice the
most and why?
J: I remember at about 11 watching the show
'Blackadder' starring Rowan Atkinson and being so amazed by
how much it made me laugh. I thought 'I want to do something
Courtney Ann N asks:
Where did Jemaine purchase his 'deer in the moonlight' t-shirt
for the One Night Stand performance? (My friends and I thought
it looked similar to some of the t-shirts we've seen for sale
in gas stations)
J: I bought that from a vintage T-Shirt
store in New York. I thought it was pretty funny, and thought
'who would wear something like that'? After I wore it on the
show I started noticing that a lot of Americans wear stuff
Is there anything you can't do that you wish you could?
J: Most things.
Death is not an option. Which group would you rather be in:
Loverboy or New Kids on the Block?
J: Loverboy never achieved the elusive goal
of every American entertainer, popular success in New Zealand.
In fact I have no idea who they are. Therefore I would rather
be in Loverboy. I like their band name too.
What is the nickname you secretly
wished you were called?
What is Jemaine's birthday?
Does it bother him that girls on
the forum want to kiss him?
I love it. Naturally.
What would he like to accomplish
in his lifetime (the ultimate)?
I don't mind too much, as long as what I'm
doing is interesting and that I am enjoying life.
You have some really wicked shirts. Where do you shop, man?
J: I like going to second hand shops in