Thursday, April 23, 2009

Flight of the Conchords @ Massey Hall, Apr. 22.2009



I think Flight of the Conchords are the kind of act that you want to keep to yourself, you don't want other people to know about them (unless you can recommend them to get cool points), laugh at them, and generally be 'in' on their jokes. It's not the type of humour that you want to share. Heading to the theatre (makes it sound classier, right?) I was a little unsure of what to expect from the crowd, and after having a group of what must've been 8 or so co-workers sit down beside Liz and I, I was fully expecting to give dirty looks for singing along all night... but, sadly, the crowd was great... nothing to complain about...

Eugene Mirman (Eugene the landlord) opened up with a pretty hilarious stand-up act, which culminated with a great bit on the ineptitude of Delta Airlines. The bit ended with Mirman handing out post cards that he hoped we would mail to Delta, suffice to say that the letter (which you can hear below) was not kind. After chatting with a couple of friends post-show, the reviews on Mirman were mixed, which it seemed to be based on expectations (these things usually are). I was expecting little to nothing from him, and the Delta bit alone was enough to win me over... win me over enough to buy his book... ummm... probably not...

Whatever your opinion on his stand-up, I think everyone can agree that it was terrific not having to wait around 30-40mins for the Conchords to come on...

And came one they did (that really doesn't sound right, does it?)! The bulk of their set was songs from S2 of the TV show, pretty well balanced with some stuff from S1 and songs that didn't make the cut for TV. The best part, for my money at least, was their banter - how they handled (by ratting them out to the security staff) the people who were using flash photography, their response to the 'Freebird' and 'Slayer' calls, and the waiting for the guy in the front row who went to the bathroom. If (somehow) you can still get tickets to see them on the rest of their tour... do.


[mp3] Eugene Mirman - Delta Airlines pt.1 (live @ Massey Hall)
[mp3] Eugene Mirman - Delta Airlines pt.2 (live @ Massey Hall)

[mp3] Flight of the Conchords - Hurt Feelings (live @ Massey Hall)
[mp3] Flight of the Conchords - Song for Epileptic Dogs (live @ Massey Hall)

4 comments:

Question Mark said...

Man, I wish TFC had played on a different night this week...had a chance to buy tickets to the concert but couldn't go.

WhippetSnippets said...

OMG Thank you for your great review and for the MP3's! I was the one who shouted Epileptic Dogs!

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Impressionable Youth said...

Thanks so much for the live mp3s! I was at the show too, and it's nice to have something to reminisce to.

Cheers!