McKenzie performing in New York in 2007.
|Also known as||Rhymenoceros|
|Born||29 June 1976|
|Origin||Wellington, New Zealand|
|Genres||Comedy, Folk, Acoustic|
|Instruments||Guitar, keyboards, drums, vocals, ukulele|
|Associated acts||Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords, Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra, The Black Seeds, So You're a Man, Video Kid, The Muppets|
|Casio DG20 electric guitar (1983)|
Bret Peter Tarrant McKenzie, ONZM (born 29 June 1976) is a New Zealand comedian, actor, Academy Award-winning 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 the 2011 film The Muppets, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "Man or Muppet".
As an actor, he is known for portraying two different characters in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, respectively: in the first he portrays Figwit, one of the most prominent characters of the film to be an original one and not based on Tolkien's works, and in The Hobbit portrays Lindir, a small character who originally appears in The Fellowship of the Ring book.
McKenzie was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He is a former member of The Black Seeds. He released an album called Prototype as Video Kid and is a member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra. McKenzie attended Clifton Terrace Model School ("model" refers to a standard school for training teachers as opposed to modeling), Wellington College and then Victoria University of Wellington where he met Jemaine Clement who was also studying film and theatre. Together, they were members of So You're a Man and they later formed Flight of the Conchords.
As Flight of the Conchords they have toured internationally and released four CDs: Folk the World Tour in 2002,The Distant Future (which won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album) in 2007, the Grammy nominated Flight of the Conchords in 2008, and I Told You I Was Freaky in 2009. The Conchords produced a six-part improvisational comedy radio program for the BBC and have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. After a successful appearance in 2005 on HBOs One Night Stand, the Conchords were offered their own 12-part HBO series Flight of the Conchords. Its first season ran from June to September 2007, and its second season premiered on HBO 18 January 2009.
McKenzie has appeared in the first and third films in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. His silent role in the first film as Figwit achieved some minor internet fame, which led to Jackson giving him a line in the third film. In April 2011, McKenzie was cast as the elf Lindir for The Hobbit. His father Peter McKenzie played the role of Elendil in Lord of the Rings.
Along with Clement, McKenzie was featured as one of 2008's "100 Sexiest People" in a special edition of the Australian magazine Who.
McKenzie and fellow Conchord Clement guest starred as a pair of camp counselors in "Elementary School Musical", the season premiere of the 22nd season of The Simpsons, which aired on 26 September 2010.
During the summer of 2010, McKenzie flew to Los Angeles to serve as the music supervisor for the The Muppets. He went on to write four of the five original songs from the film's soundtrack including "Man or Muppet" and "Life's a Happy Song" both of which were nominated for Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and Satellite Awards for Best Original Song.
He is married to New Zealand publicist Hannah Clarke and currently lives in Los Angeles, New York City and Wellington, New Zealand. They have two children; daughter Vita, born in 2009 and son Leo, born in 2011.
- "Video Kid".
- "Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra".
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- Satellite Award for Best Original Song
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- Lewis, Rebecca (22 March 2009). "Bride of the Conchord - Bret marries childhood sweetheart". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- "Conchord has wings clipped". Fairfax New Zealand. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
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- Vernon, Polly (9 February 2008). "The accidental sex gods". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- Sternbergh, Adam (17 November 2011). "On Composing for Kermit the Frog". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 19 Nov 2011.
- McNary, Dave (4 April 2011). "'Conchords' star McKenzie an elf in 'The Hobbit'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 4 Apr 2011.
- Weintraub, Steve (5 November 2012). "THE MUPPETS Sequel Update: Filming Begins in Late January at Pinewood Studios in London; Bret McKenzie Writing New Songs". Collider. Demand Media Entertainment. Retrieved 7 Nov 2012.
- Fritz, Ben (15 January 2013). "Disney cancels 'Little Mermaid 3-D,' dates 'Pirates 5' for 2015". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 Jan 2013.
- Kit, Borys (8 January 2013). "Tina Fey in Talks to Join Disney's 'Muppets' Sequel (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 Jan 2013.
- Bret McKenzie at the Internet Movie Database
- Flight of the Conchords Official Site
- What The Folk! Flight of the Conchords fan site
- BBC Radio 2
- Flight of the Conchords Official MySpace