It is so not business time anymore. HBO's Emmy-nominated comedy Flight of the Conchords (the show) is calling it quits after two side-splitting, toe-tapping seasons. The news was announced on the Flight of the Conchords (the band) official Web site, crushing the hopes and dreams of that cute black-rimmed-glasses-wearing chick who works at the coffee shop you go to every morning. Here's what Bret, Jemaine, and James (co-creator/director) had to say:
"We've noticed the less we say about the future of the show, the more people want to talk about it, so in an effort to reverse this trend we are today announcing that we won’t be returning for a 3rd season. We're very proud of the two seasons we made and we like the way the show ended. We'd like to thank everyone who helped make the show and also everyone who watched it. While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist.
The Conchords never quite knew how to rip off the band-aid, and for some time now have been dropping small hints that they wouldn't be returning for a third season. Their main reason? It's just too much damn work. Not only were Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie writing each season, but they had to produce approximately an album's worth of music for each season. So give them a break!
With Flight of the Conchords done for good, here are a few ways to say goodbye:
Find Diagnosis Death on DVD: This weird horror comedy from somewhere in Oceania features Jemaine and Bret AND Murray (Rhys Darby... yes!) as employees of a hospital where treatments for cancer are leading patients to have grisly hallucinations. At least, that's what I got from the trailer below. You can try and find an overseas copy somewhere, or wait 'til it's released domestically on December 29. Just in time for Christmas gift returns. Seriously, who releases a DVD on Dec. 29?
YouTube the hell out of their live shows: Because as good as the Flight of the Conchords was, one can make a good case that the Conchords' stand-up (technically, sit-down) performances were even better. This is where they started out, and back then they were just two quirky blokes playing choons, mate. Women didn't start chucking their knickers at the guys until after the show aired.
Jump on over to The Mighty Boosh: Some people (yours truly included) don't even think Flight of the Conchords was the best bizarre comedy show featuring catch musical interludes and made by a weird foreign duo. In 2004, three years before FotC (and at about one tenth the budget), the UK's BBC birthed The Mighty Boosh. The show is currently getting play on Adult Swim at some god-awful hour, and the Special Edition DVD was recently released in the States, so Americans are just starting to take notice. Keep in mind that The Mighty Boosh (also the name of the comedy troupe) is... how do I put this... just a tad more insanely weird. Consuming psychedelic mushrooms isn't mandatory for viewing, but it helps.