Aidin Vaziri | A little grayer, a little less wispy, the New Zealand folk-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords returned to the Masonic in San Francisco on Monday night, June 27, for its first Bay Area concert in three years, its humor as gloriously understated as ever.
“Please don’t film this,” said Bret McKenzie, the shorter one. “We’re doing some new material we don’t know very well.”
“And some old material we don’t remember,” added his partner, Jemaine Clement.
On the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords,” which debuted in 2007 and ran for two seasons, the pair portrayed a pair of witless musicians — also named Jemaine and Bret — who spent 22 episodes struggling but mostly failing to make it in New York City with their band of the same name.
The real-life duo has fared much better, picking up a handful of Emmy nominations, scoring a Top 10 album on the Billboard charts and building a sizable cult following.
Most the dates on its current 28-city North American tour, including a stop at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Tuesday, June 28, and a date at the Newport Folk Festival in July, sold out as soon as they were announced earlier this year. A film adaptation of the HBO series is also rumored to be in the works.
Flight of the Conchords’ live sets, meanwhile, are side-splitting affairs.