Mel is going to be THRILLED. Bret, Jemaine, and their brilliant songwriting skills are making a comeback. HBO just announced everybody’s favorite New Zealand musical comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, will return to the small screen with a one-hour HBO special this spring, and the hilarious-lyrics-and-catchy-tunes-shaped hole in our hearts from when their series went off the air is officially healed.
For how brilliant it was, it’s easy to forget Flight of the Conchords was only on HBO for two seasons, from 2007 to 2009. And what a glorious two seasons they were. Nobody can combine ridiculous songs about mundane life and dry wit quite like New Zealand comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Plus, it was clearly enough to earn the two a loyal following. And now, all those fans can look forward to classic songs (we’re crossing our fingers for “Foux du Fafa” already), new numbers, and Bret and Jemaine’s signature banter in the new special, taped live on their United Kingdom tour.
In the nearly 10 years since the series ended, McKenzie and Clement have stayed busy.
We’ve seen and heard Clement in everything from The BFG and Moana (yup, that’s him as a massive blinged-out crab singing “Shiny”) to Rick and Morty and bizarre-but-awesome vampire movie What We Do in the Shadows. McKenzie and his sweet animal tees put his talents to good use songwriting and performing, and even earned himself an Oscar in 2012 for Best Original Song for his work on The Muppets. We’re sure Murray would be so proud.
So far, it doesn’t sound like this new special will lead to a series reboot — but we won’t give up hope. The Conchords have been touring off and on with their old and new material since 2013, so if we’re not getting a new show right now, at least there’s the possibility of more of these specials to keep the hiphopopotamus and rhymenoceros in our lives, right?