Do you ever see a relatively unknown actor or actress in something, then suddenly start seeing him or her everywhere? That's happening to me right now with Jemaine Clement. First, he played the nerdy Jarrod in Eagle vs. Shark, one of my favorite movies of the year so far. And now, he's about to star in the HBO comedy "Flight of the Conchords," which is maybe my most-anticipated summer series (OK, second after "Creature Comforts").
Here's the deal: Clement and Bret McKenzie have been performing for years as Flight of the Conchords, "New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody duo." They've been the subject of a BBC documentary and an HBO special and have played at Bumbershoot and on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien." Now, they've moved to New York, where they're writing new material, meeting (and alienating) women and frequently breaking into song at random times. Their 12-episode series will start airing June 17 after "Entourage," but you don't have to wait till then. For this week (until May 21) the episode will be available in full on MySpace; after that, it will be on the show's HBO site and other online video sites.
I think there's a certain kind of person who will find this show hilarious, and I'm definitely that kind of person. One of show's other writers also wrote for "Da Ali G Show," so that helps explain what you're in for. If you don't have time for the whole pilot, I have a couple of short song clips that you can watch if you
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