Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand-based comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series, which premiered in 2007 on HBO, also called Flight of the Conchords. They used to refer to themselves as "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo", however now are "the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand."They were named Best Alternative Comedy Act at the 2005 US Comedy Arts Festival and Best Newcomer at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and they received a nomination for the Perrier Comedy Award at the 2003 Edinburgh Festival Fringe for their show at Edinburgh venue The Caves. The duo's live performances have gained them a worldwide cult following.Other achievementsOn 15 November 2007, The Dominion Post awarded Clement and McKenzie with the 2007 Arts Wellys, and named them the 2007 Wellingtonians of the Year.Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 5 New TV Series of 2007, ranking it at #2Entertainment Weekly named Flight of the Conchords the seventh best show of 2007.Flight of the Conchords was nominated for two Emmys in 2008, for Best Writing (Comedy Series) and Best Directing (Comedy Series).Flight of the Conchords placed three songs in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008: "Business Time" #19, "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)" #60, and "Hiphopopotamus Vs Rhymenoceros" #67.Flight of the Conchords had 3 more songs placed the following year, (Triple J Hottest 100, 2009): with "Too Many Dicks (On The Dance Floor)" at #86, "Hurt Feelings" at #30, and "Caroll Brown" at #24Clement was nominated for the 2009 Emmy for Best Actor (Comedy Series).In 2012, McKenzie won the Academy award for "Best Original Song" for "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets".