'Flight of the Conchords': Here's what Jemaine Clement revealed about future projects

Clement and Bret McKenzie make up the comedy group Flight of the Conchords. Under the name, the duo have released various albums and were at the center of the HBO show 'Flight of the Conchords.'

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Jemaine Clement participates in AOL's BUILD Speaker Series to discuss their vampire mockumentary 'What We Do in the Shadows' at AOL Studios in New York.

Flight of the Conchords member Jemaine Clement recently discussed some possible projects that the group has planned.

Clement and musician Bret McKenzie make up the group Flight of the Conchords. Under the name, the duo have released albums including 2008's “Flight of the Conchords” and the band was at the center of an HBO series of the same name. The TV show aired from 2007 to 2009 and was nominated for several Emmy Awards.

In addition, their work “The Distant Future” won the Grammy Award for best comedy album. 

Clement recently revealed in interviews that he and McKenzie have plans to work together. He said of a possible tour, “We were planning on doing it this summer, but then I ended up doing [the upcoming Steven Spielberg film] ‘The BFG’ instead. So it’s my fault we didn’t do it this time. But we are hoping to announce a tour. We’ll announce it before the end of the year, hopefully, and then some time next year get on the road.”

In addition, Clement said a Conchords movie is possible. 

“We have actually started writing one,” he said. “But who knows if it will ever be made. We've written some notes for some different film ideas.”

Other acts that have received acclaim recently for incorporating comedy into music include Tenacious D, a band made up of actor Jack Black and Kyle Gass, and singer “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose 2014 album “Mandatory Fun” became his first number one album on the Billboard chart and won the Grammy Award for best comedy album. 

Since the end of the HBO series, both Clement and McKenzie have acted and worked on various movies. McKenzie won an Oscar for Best Original Song for the track “Man or Muppet,” which appeared in the 2011 movie “The Muppets,” and he also appeared in the 2012 film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” (He had had a small role in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as well). Meanwhile, Clement has acted in such films as the “Rio” animated movies, the 2014 critical hit “What We Do in the Shadows,” and 2014’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” for which McKenzie served as music supervisor.

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