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EXCLUSIVE: Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement responds to Bret McKenzie’s ‘Oscar card’ quip

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Jemaine Clement is worried about his bandmate’s new found power. During a chat this week, Clement revealed he has no doubt that his award winning partner Bret McKenzie will pull the Oscar card on him during Conchords practice which commences this week in their native New Zealand. “He would, yes. He would,” answered Jemaine, ” He was already like that because he’s had music lessons and I haven’t, He already pulled that on me. with an Oscar he’ll be unstoppable.”

It’s been just over a month since McKenzie took home Oscar gold awarded to him for his song-scribbling work on director James Bobin’s The Muppets. His winning tune Man or Muppet was performed by star Jason Segel and new muppet recruit Walter and can be viewed below.


It wasn’t long after he accepted the award that he revealed plans to use its sway during future band practice. “I’m looking forward to writing with Jemaine in the future again,” he told Sugar Buzz, “because I’ll be able to pull the Oscar card and say ‘Mmm…I think we should use this chord…and I won an Oscar!”


However all those worried about the future of New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar based, digi-bongo, acapella-rap-funk-comedy duo can relax, as Bret and Jemaine plan to return to the stage in 2012. “We’re doing some gigs soon,” Jemaine told IReviewToo, “we’re going on tour in New Zealand and Australia. We have a few things that we’ve been talking about doing, we’ve been throwing around some movie ideas and we’re going to write a few new songs and maybe we’ll play them at our next shows if we get them ready enough,” he revealed. “Gigging with Bret is really fun,” added Jemaine, “I enjoy gigs the most.”  Jemaine can next be seen as British biker baddie Boris in Barry Sonnenfeld’s blockbuster threequel Men in Black 3 released on May 25th.

Words and interview by Simon Bland. 


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