The Onion AV Club: The first season [of Flight of the Conchords] is almost an encyclopedia of the New York alternative-comedy scene, with Kristen Schaal and Eugene Mirman in recurring roles, and guest appearances by Todd Barry and Demetri Martin. Was there a thought that that might be a good way to get the show to an American audience?Tickets go on presale (password = sugalumps) at 10 AM for the 2009 Flight of the Conchords tour including April 14th at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Kristen Schaal is opening that show. Other tour openers are Eugene Mirman and Arj Barker. One show is with Iron & Wine.
Bret McKenzie: No.
Jemaine Clement: It can go a long time with just New Zealanders, but we try to make sure there's American characters in it. I'm always aware when we're looking through the script that in the first few scenes, there should be an American character.
BM: We didn't cast them to try and break into a market or anything. We cast them mainly 'cause we knew them. And we didn't want to have people that were well-known.
JC: It really is like, "Who do we know?" Todd, Demetri, Arj [Barker], and Eugene are all the Americans we knew.
All (updated) tour dates below...
Flight of the Conchords - 2009 Tour Dates
4/06 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center #
4/07 - Coral Gables, FL - University of Miami BankUnited Center *#
4/08 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena *#
4/10 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *#
4/11 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre *#
4/13 - Washington, D.C. - Constitution Hall *#
4/14 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *#
4/15 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *#
4/17 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena *#
4/18 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre (2 shows) #
4/19 - Kent, OH - Kent State University *#
4/21 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *^
4/22 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *^
4/24 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre *^
4/25 - Bloomington, IN - IU Auditorium *^
4/26 - Madison, WI - Overture Center for the Arts ^
4/28 - Chicago, IL - Aerie Crown *^
4/30 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre ^
5/02 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre (2 shows) ^
5/03 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop Auditorium ^
5/05 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre *^
5/06 - Houston, TX - Jones Hall *^
5/07 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall ^
5/10 - Vancouver, BC - Center in Vancouver for the Performing Arts *%
5/11 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre %
5/12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre %
5/14 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *%
5/16 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre *%%
5/17 - Salt Lake City, UT - Abravanel, Hall %
5/19 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre %
5/20 - San Diego, CA - RIMAC Arena *%
5/22 - Santa Barbara, CA - County Bowl *%
5/23 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint *%
5/24 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre *%
5/25 - Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theatre (2 shows) *%
# = w/ Kristen Schaal
^ = w/ Eugene Mirman
% = w/ Arj Barker
%% = w/ Iron & Wine AND Arj Barker