Dying is easy, comedy is hard. And musical comedy is even harder. That’s why there have been so few great musical comedy acts over the years.
In fact — outside of Weird Al, who transcends time and space — there seems to be only one group/troup/performer each decade who crank out at least an album’s worth of funny songss: The Fugs in the 1960s, National Lampoon in the 1970s, Spinal Tap in 1980s, Tenacious D in the 1990s and Flight of the Conchords in the 2000s.
Buoyed by an HBO show that showcased the deadpan smarts of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement — and featured Rhys Darby’s turn-for-the-ages as Murray (“present!”), their enthusiastically clueless manager and Kristin Schall’s stalkery fan, Mel — Flight of The Conchords turned Flight of the Conchords into instant cult heroes.