Bret McKenzie is from Wellington, New Zealand, and has been performing professionally in the New Zealand film, music, theatre and television industries since the nineties. Like most New Zealanders, he appeared in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, but Bret is most well-known for wearing his stripy sweater.
Bret has been involved in a number of musical endeavors outside Flight of the Conchords. He was a member of number one-selling New Zealand band The Black Seeds that produced three gold albums and toured extensively in Europe and the South Pacific. He is also a founding member of the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra.
In 1998, Bret teamed up with university friend Jemaine Clement to create Flight of the Conchords. Formed originally as a vehicle to improve their limited guitar skills, FOTC subsequently toured Europe, USA, and Australia. The duo has collected several awards from the International Comedy circuit, including a nomination for the Perrier Award at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Best Newcomer" at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and "Best Alternative Comedy Act" at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. They have created an award-winning BBC Radio series, released a live comedy album, "Folk the World," and are currently recording a new comedy album for Sub Pop Records.