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They have taken the world by storm with their two hit HBO series, their Grammy-winning EP and their unforgettable album, and yesterday comedy duo the Flight of the Conchords returned to the stage in their native New Zealand for a rare charity performance.

The duo – consisting of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie – played to 2000 people at Masterton’s Makoura College in the North Island of New Zealand and raised $70,000 for the school. Tickets sold out in 91 minutes.

The show came about after Clement – who attended the school in the 1980’s – heard the number of students at the college had fallen from 600 to 200 and was expected to be closed. He contacted his former teacher, Rae McKenzie, to see if there was anything he could do to help.

“I was worried about it,” he told Radio New Zealand. “I really enjoyed my time at this school.”

An auction of an acoustic guitar signed by McKenzie and Clement raised a further $6000.

Flight of the Conchords leave for a two-month tour of the United States on Friday.

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