By Tim Saunders on
Comedy duo Flight of the Conchords will return to their native New Zealand later this month for a charity tennis match.
The game will feature celebrities and high profile community members using oversize racquets. Organized by the Rotary Club of Wellington, the tournament will raise money for the Wellington City Mission and Wellington tennis.
“I had to convince Jemaine [Clement], and then he had to convince Bret [McKenzie], but it didn’t take much because they were both keen to help out,” said Clement’s uncle and tournament organizer Patrick McArdell. “But I think they were hoping their appearance would slip under the radar… not much chance of that happening now.”
The Grammy-winning Flight of the Conchords are currently enjoying ratings success in the US with the second series of their self-titled HBO television series, which airs on Sunday nights.
“Bret has been playing a bit of tennis and Jemaine likes squash,” said McArdell. “I don’t think they will be treating it like Wimbledon, but they both hate to lose.”
The tournament will take place on March 20 at Wellington’s Renouf Centre. Organizers hope to raise NZ$13,000 to help feed the capital’s hungry.
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