Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM is a New Zealand comedian, actor, musician and producer, best known for being one half of the Grammy Award winning musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords along with Jemaine Clement. McKenzie served as music supervisor for two Muppet film…
Date Of Birth
June 29, 1976
Place Of Birth
Wellington, New Zealand
6 ft (1.83 m)
Actor, Screenwriter, Television producer, Musician, Comedian, Lyricist, Composer
Victoria University of Wellington
Hannah Clarke (m. 2009)
Leo McKenzie, Vita McKenzie
Deirdre Tarrant, Peter McKenzie
Jonathan McKenzie, Justin McKenzie
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Academy Award for Best Original Song, Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Song
Flight of the Conchords (Since 1998), The Black Seeds, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series, Writer…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Austenland, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Two Little Boys, The Outback, Diagnosis: Death, Sally
Flight of the Conchords
Curly black hair
[on films of the ’30s and ’40s] It was such a golden age for musicals. Those years are so influential on us now with what they did for films with musical numbers. I’m jealous of that time. It seemed like the actors spent most of their time doing dancing and singing lessons, and they’d come on set and know all the moves. And they could all sing as we’ll. Now you’re dealing with actors who can’t sing or dance, but think they can.
I grew up watching the ‘Muppets.’ In New Zealand, the ‘Muppets’ were as big as anywhere else I think. It was a pretty global phenomenon.
It’s easy to struggle in New York. I think New York is a bit expensive.
Music-wise, I listen to everything. Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman – I guess I like a lot of ’70s music.
My acting’s very understated. I think my sad and happy don’t play that differently onscreen.
I think the radio is kind of cool, because you’re really free to do whatever you want, because you can go into another world. Whereas in TV, you have to make that world.
One of the mistakes I made was thinking chickens and penguins could sing, just like all the other animals in the ‘Muppets.’ But it turns out those animals are not allowed to sing words.
The ‘Muppets’ were a very big part of my childhood, and ‘Flight of the Conchords’ definitely has elements of the ‘Muppets’ in it, specifically the way we mixed music and comedy.