Bret McKenzie Biography
Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM is an Oscar winning New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer. He is one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Jemaine Clement. The duo’s comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an oft-lauded American television series, which aired for two seasons on HBO. McKenzie served as music supervisor for two Muppet films, The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014), the former of which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song “Man or Muppet”. His latest work has seen him write the lyrics to the 2016 Sainsburys Christmas advert featuring James Corden on vocals.
McKenzie was born 29 June 1976 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a former member of The Black Seeds. He released an album called Prototype as Video Kid and is a member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. McKenzie attended Clifton Terrace Model School ,Wellington College and then Victoria University of Wellington where he met Jemaine Clement who was also studying film and theatre. Together, they were members of So You’re a Man and they later formed Flight of the Conchords.
Bret McKenzie Career
He met Jemaine Clement at the Victoria University of Wellington who was also studying film and theatre. Together, they were members of So You’re a Man and they later formed Flight of the Conchords. As Flight of the Conchords they have toured internationally and released four CDs: Folk the World Tour in 2002,The Distant Future in 2007, the Grammy nominated Flight of the Conchords in 2008, and I Told You I Was Freaky in 2009. The Conchords produced a six-part improvisational comedy radio program for the BBC and have appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. After a successful appearance in 2005 on HBOs One Night Stand, the Conchords were offered their own 12-part HBO series Flight of the Conchords. Its first season ran from June to September 2007, and its second season premiered on HBO 18 January 2009.
McKenzie has appeared in the first and third films in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His silent role in the first film as Figwit achieved some minor internet fame, which led to Jackson giving him a line in the third film. In April 2011, McKenzie was cast as the elf Lindir for The Hobbit. His father Peter McKenzie played the role of Elendil in Lord of the Rings. Along with Clement, McKenzie was featured as one of 2008’s “100 Sexiest People” in a special edition of the Australian magazine Who.
McKenzie and fellow Conchord Clement guest starred as a pair of camp counselors in “Elementary School Musical”, the season premiere of the 22nd season of The Simpsons, which aired on 26 September 2010. During the summer of 2010, McKenzie flew to Los Angeles to serve as the music supervisor for The Muppets. He went on to write four of the five original songs from the film’s soundtrack including “Man or Muppet” and “Life’s a Happy Song” both of which were nominated for Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and Satellite Awards for Best Original Song.
At the 84th Academy Awards in 2012 his song, “Man or Muppet”, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.McKenzie, together with Australian comedian Hamish Blake starred in a New Zealand feature film, Two Little Boys, finished in late 2011 and released in New Zealand on March 2012. McKenzie wrote the original songs for the 2014 movie Muppets Most Wanted.
Bret McKenzie Age
McKenzie was born 29 June 1976 in Wellington, New Zealand. He is 42 years old.
Bret McKenzie Wife
He is married to New Zealand publicist Hannah Clarke and currently maintains residences in Los Angeles, New York City, and Wellington. They have two children; daughter Vita,born in 2009, and son Leo ,born 2011.
Bret McKenzie Awards
Academy Award for Best Original Song, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song.
Bret McKenzie Movies
- 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- 2007–2009 Flight of the Conchords
- 2008 The Drinky Crow Show
- 2009 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
- 2009 Diagnosis Death
- 2010 The Simpsons
- 2011 The Muppets
- 2012 Austenland
- 2012 Two Little Boys
- 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- 2014 Muppets Most Wanted
- 2017 Bajillion Dollar Propertie$
- TBA Bob the Musical
- TBA Moonland
Bret McKenzie Songs
- Business Time
- Hurt Feelings
- The Most Beautiful Girl
- Carol Brown
- Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros
- I’m Not Crying
- Foux du Fafa
- Too Many Dicks
- Feel Inside
- If You’re Into It
- Inner City Pressure
- Leggy Blonde
- Albi the Racist Dragon
- Fashion Is Danger
- Demon Woman
- Ladies of the World
- The Big House
- A Kiss Is Not a Contract
- Rambling Through the Avenues of Time
- I’ll Get You What You Want
- So True
- You Don’t Have to Be a Prostitute
- Pencils in the Wind
- The Prince of Parties
- Something So Right
- Dust and Dirt
Bret McKenzie Twitter
Bret McKenzie News
Flight of the Conchords UK tour postponed due to Bret McKenzie injuring his hand
Updated On: 18th March 2018
Bret McKenzie, one half of the New Zealand comedy music duo Flight of the Conchords, has broken his hand in an incredibly rock’n’roll accident, aka “falling down some stairs.”
“The doctors have informed me that I won’t be able to perform for several weeks. I’m sorry not to be able to do these upcoming shows but I’m looking forward to coming back and finishing the tour when I have two fully functioning hands,” said McKenzie.
As a result, the rest of the Flight of the Conchords’ UK and Ireland tour has been postponed.
I’ve got hurt feelings bones
The band have already played Portsmouth, York and Milton Keynes and were set to play in London from March 18 when the incident was announced.
The rest of the tour will be rescheduled as a result.
“Bret and Jemaine are extremely sorry and deeply saddened that they cannot perform for their U.K. fans, who have waited so patiently,” the band said in a statement on their website.
If you’ve previously bought a ticket, you will be contacted about the new date.
Every cloud has a silver lining
While it is a shame for many, some people on Twitter seemed very excited about the prospect of maybe finally being able to see the show after not being free for the original dates.
“I had tickets & couldn’t make it, but now hopefully I can,” said Simon Rose. “Oh and get better and that.”
“My two closest friends are literally your biggest fans. But they’re living in a hospital right now as they’re new baby is super ill & [sic] we were worried they wouldn’t be able to make the gig in a few weeks,” said @ADemonsVoice. “I genuinely thank you for breaking your hand & [sic] giving them a second chance.”