If you think long and hard, you’ll discover that New Zealand
is known for absolutely nothing at all. Seriously. Its one claim to fame is
that the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot there. That’s it. (Nope, the kiwi
fruit actually originated in China.) But in a stroke of marketing genius, to
get us to think there might be something there, they’ve exported Flight of the
Conchords to HBO Sundays. Bret, Jemaine and Murray are the best things to
happen to New Zealand since Gad (That’s how NZ-ers say God) created heaven and
earth. So if you love dry humor tuned with an acoustic guitar, call your
friends — we’re throwing a Flight of the Conchords party!
Setting the scene:
First you’ll need a homemade sign that says “Band Meeting,
Here” and someone dressed as Murray constantly taking roll call. Everyone must
answer “present” when the name Bret or Jemaine is called, or they’ll be stared
at blankly by the “door Murray” for as long as it takes. Once inside, guests
are treated to a replica of the guys’ studio apartment, replete with
side-by-side twin beds, awful wallpaper, a hot plate, acoustic guitars and a
curly-haired geeky girl with a “Mel” name tag constantly lurking in her fan
T-shirt. Hire a couple of college students to be room-traveling troubadours
singing whatever they see. Sure it sounds stupid, but wait till you hear it.
Party favors may include band T-shirts — either the official ones or handmade ones created with a ballpoint pen or the
iron-on transfers from Murray’s Street Team. Other nice gifts: horn-rimmed
glasses and sideburns.
The guys are best known for embracing that relaxed ’70s look
balanced by a complete lack of interest. Encourage guests to hit their local
consignment shops before arriving.
On the menu:
New Zealand cuisine is what you might call an oxymoron.
Think about it: When was the last time you thought “New Zealand” for takeout?
Seriously. Just put out a bowl of kiwis, then order pizza. Add strips of
eggplant to create a silhouette of Jemaine’s sideburns. Wash down with a pale
On the hi-fi:
During breaks cue up the series’ official soundtrack featuring the instant classics Robots, The Most
Beautiful Girl in the Room and Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros. If they were
in any way musical, you’d be singing them in the shower the next morning.
If you haven’t realized it by now, we have no idea what
there is to do in New Zealand other than look for Hobbit remnants and pick
fuzzy fruit. Since money is no object — hence “showstopper” — why not head under for a gander? It looks a lot like Thailand,