Coming this month to HBO will be Flight of the Conchords, a new comedy series that appears (to me) to be in the spirit of Extras, one of the best half-hour shows of this century. The show follows “New Zealand’s fourth most popular folk-parody duo”, who are Bret McKenzie of The Black Seeds and Figwit and Jemaine Clement of The Humourbeasts, as they try to make it big in The Big Apple. The show’s pedigree includes James Bobin, who wrote and directed on ‘Da Ali G Show’ — one of the funniest shows of last century — helping create the characters of ‘Ali G’, including Borat and Bruno.

The clips of Conchords that I’ve seen are pretty damn funny. Check out this Youtube clip.

If you’re too broke or too cheap to get HBO, you can win the first episode on DVD for free! In addition, Berkeley Place is giving away a Robot stress reliever, poster, T-shirt, and postcard of the show.

“What do I have to do to win?” you ask.

Just this: No later than June 8, drop me a comment or shoot me an e-mail with:

1. Your e-mail address.

2. The answer to this question: What is the funniest movie or TV show about musicians ever? (Like Spinal Tap, The Decline of Western Civilization Part 2: The Metal Years, Run’s House . . . Even Amadeus. Whatever you think is funny.

Make sure to check your e-mail on June 8 because if you’re the winner and you don’t get back to me with your mailing address within 24 hours of being notified, I reserve the right to pick another person.

Fine print: Winner will be selected at random. Friends and employees of Berkeley Place are encouraged to enter. Contest void wherever HBO’s people don’t want to send the prizepackage to, but I don’t know where that might be. I’m pretty sure it includes Mars, though. Odds of winning are pretty good, but the odds of losing are much greater.

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