One of Flight of the Conchords’ running gags is that it is “the fourth most popular folk-parody duo in New Zealand.” The amusing self-deprecation is one of the reasons the ensemble is actually one of the most successful musical comedy acts of the new millennium.
The profoundly droll duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie will perform their hilarious spoofs of hip-hop boasts and pious singer/songwriters at Starlight Theatre on Thursday. “Issues (Think About It)” is a caricature of self-important musicians. The men shed “the bulletproof 24-karat gold tears of a rapper” on “Hurt Feelings,” a list of slights that includes being told that “you’ve got a weird-shaped head.”
Their HBO series popularized the duo in the United States. And both men have made prominent contributions to additional TV and film productions.
Clement starred in the 2007 movie “Eagle vs Shark,” a romantic comedy about a painfully awkward couple. He played an 800-year-old vampire in the 2014 mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows” and a lovestruck leading man in last year’s “People Places Things.” He also voiced a 50-foot giant named Fleshlumpeater in Steven Spielberg’s new animated film “The BFG.”
McKenzie has had roles in movies including “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and served as music supervisor for the 2011 film “The Muppets” and its 2014 follow-up, “Muppets Most Wanted.”
The high jinks of the multifaceted men and the presence of Irish comedian David O’Doherty are likely to make the event the third funniest show in Kansas City on Thursday.
8 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $35-$50 in advance.