We were supposed to go and see Flight of the Conchords back in March on the day after we got back from Canada, but I remember clearly laying in bed in Canada and scrolling through Twitter to suddenly come across a tweet from the FOTC account saying they had to reschedule dates – silly Brett had only gone and broken his hand.
Fast forward to Thursday, and we were on our way to see the show we felt like we’d waited *forever* to see! FOTC don’t really come over the UK, and so this was likely to be our only chance for a long time (if not the only time). Liam and I travelled up to the o2 to meet our friends there ahead of the show.
I’ve just gotta pause it right here to say I had never been to the o2 before…daaaayum it’s HUGE! As we made our way to our seats, I couldn’t believe how big the venue was and in the nicest way possible, we wondered how two comedy musicians from New Zealand had managed to fill it. For multiple dates, too!
We were lucky enough to have seats that were only the second row back from the front, so the view was amazing! Luckily, there was a screen on each side of the stage for those further back to see what was going on as well. Bravo to the o2 because the sound was ace and the editing behind the videos on the screen was epic, too.
Before the show started, it felt like we had been waiting for ages. Because the doors opened at 6:30, we assumed the latest the show would start was about 7:30 but from memory, it was at least 8 before Eugene Mirman hit the stage as the warm-up act. I found his set was a bit hit and miss, with some of the jokes providing a proper belly laugh, and others simply the small crack of a smile. His routine is clearly well rehearsed, and sometimes that sits a bit iffy with me especially when you can tell how scripted it is. He did, however, include a few references and lines about London which is always a crowd pleaser.
I don’t think FOTC hit the stage until about 9 – by which point I was feeling pretty eager for the show to start! But it was worth the wait guys because by the halfway point my face was hurting from laughter.
If anyone went expecting a lot of the “classics” from the duo, they may have headed home that night disappointed. The vast majority of the material was new (with a few exceptions such as Bowie in Space and The Humans are Dead), but I personally felt that worked a lot better because most of the laughs are derived from hearing the lyrics to the songs for the first time. A particular favourite was about a steamy office romance between Deanna from HR and Ian from accounting.
In between the songs, you had the usual sort of banter you would expect from Jermaine and Brett, but also some comical faux pas’ which if they were scripted, were done really well! As the show went on, the duo made sure to get the audience involved as well…including a sing-a-long!
Although the show was not consistently laugh-out-loud funny, I still had a really good time. I did have to tell off a couple of Aussies behind me who kept talking loudly, but other than that it was great!
Flight of the Conchords have recently added more dates to their UK tour so if you’re a fan and can get tickets – I highly recommend that you do!