England and Canada have been primary pipelines of comedic talent in America, from John Cleese and John Candy to Sacha Baron Cohen and Michael J. Fox. But other countries have different comedic taste that can catch on, and in recent years New Zealand has been making quite the impact.
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie made it big with Flight of the Conchords, and their influence has left it’s mark with projects like The Muppets, Moana, and the FX adaptation of What We Do In The Shadows. The latter of which also teamed up Clement with another New Zealander, writer/director/actor Taika Waititi, who just wrapped filming Thor: Love and Thunder. Now the duo is collaborating on a new series, and it sounds quite different.
“Taika and I are working on a new series right now which we just started writing,” Clement told Entertainment Weekly. “I can’t tell you much about it yet, but what’s fun about it and what makes it exciting for me is it’s something I always wanted to do which is long-form episodes in a sitcom. It’s an action-adventure comedy. It’ll be different from what I’ve usually done. I’ve made three sitcoms now, and I hope this one is still funny but more of an adventure series.”
Hard to believe that it wouldn’t be funny, as Clement couldn’t help being amusing on the otherwise pretty serious Legion, and Waititi made both Thor and Hitler funny!
For the record, this new show is not to be confused with the What We Do in the Shadows spin-off Wellington Paranormal, which Clement and Waititi are bringing as-is from its run in New Zealand. That hits the CW on July 9th.