'Flight of the Conchords' stars bring their deadpan road show to Tampa

They look serious here, but Bret McKenzie, right, and Jemaine Clement are funny as the stars of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.

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They look serious here, but Bret McKenzie, right, and Jemaine Clement are funny as the stars of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.

Bret? Present. Jemaine? Present. Murray? Okay, fine, Flight of the Conchords' hapless manager might not be in the house — but No. 1 (and only) fan Mel will be.

If none of this makes sense, you haven't been watching Flight of the Conchords, HBO's deliriously twee series about a New Zealand folk-parody duo (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement) who come to New York City in search of big-city fame, only to wind up with a manager who can only manage to book gigs in libraries and elevators, and a single, obsessed fan (Kristen Schaal).

The show's blend of absurdist deadpan humor and over-the-top musical fantasy numbers has turned its unassuming actors into legit musical superstars — Flight of the Conchords won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Comedy Album (The Distant Future), and now draws crowds of hundreds, sometimes thousands, on the road.

Monday's show at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is the first on their nationwide tour; you can expect to hear songs from the series' recently wrapped second season, like Carol Brown, a clever ode to breakups that is — no joke — genuinely sweet. Schaal opens the show.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $38.50. (813) 229-7827; tbpac.org.

Jay Cridlin, Times staff writer

'Flight of the Conchords' stars bring their deadpan road show to Tampa 04/01/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 4:31am]

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