Australia hasn’t heard the last from Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie.
The Kiwi duo behind the Flight of the Conchords folk-parody group, whose silly lyrics and quirky banter has won the hearts of viewers worldwide, will return to Australia for a series of performances across the nation. The tour will kick off next Thursday at the Sydney Opera House to a sold out crowd.
“We are finally returning to Australia,'' Clement said, “mostly to apologise.”
With a successful BBC radio show, two multi Emmy-nominated seasons of their TV show, and a Grammy for ‘Best Comedy Album’ under their belts, the pair have certainly made waves across the entertainment realm.
McKenzie also served as the Music Director for The Muppets movie and penned the lyrics for Man or Muppet, which won the Oscar for ‘Best Original Song.’
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Of course, these successes often came at the cost of the Aussies, who Clement and McKenzie have incessantly poked fun at in their songs and in various scenes throughout their HBO series, which was set in New York City.
''I think in the States we've helped give people an idea of what New Zealanders are like,'' McKenzie told the Newcastle Herald.
''But I think we maybe made Australia look quite bad, which we will be apologising for on this tour. Americans often come up to me and say, 'Do New Zealanders really hate Australians?' and I'm like, 'Noooo, it was just a joke.'''
Evidently, Australians get the joke: the Sydney Opera House show sold out in minutes, and a second show at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 6 July is also sold out.
Tickets are still available for the Newcastle gig on Tuesday, 10 July and in Wollongong on Wednesday, 11 July. Click here to access any remaining tickets to these performances.