Today's Birthday, January 10: Jemaine Clement, New Zealand comedian, actor and musician (1974 - ).
One half of the wildly popular music-comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, New Zealand comedian Jemaine Clement has also accrued a string of notable film roles and voice-acting gigs.
Born in Masterton, Clement grew up in the Wairarapa region in New Zealand, raised by his Maori mother.
While studying drama and film at Victoria University of Wellington, Clement met director Taika Waititi, with whom he would later collaborate on successful projects including the film What We Do In The Shadows.
During university, he flatted with future Conchords partner Bret McKenzie and the pair taught themselves how to play the guitar.
The first incarnation of Flight Of The Conchords was a five-piece band including Waititi. After debuting at the BATS theatre, the group continued success including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002 and 2003, and won awards at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2003 and US Comedy Arts Festival in 2005.
In 2004 the duo released a largely-improvised BBC radio program loosely based on the band's search for success in a foreign country. This format helped them crack the notoriously tough US market evolving into a two-part HBO comedy music series set in New York which ran from 2007 to 2009.
The band has released several albums including I Told You I Was Freaky and The Distant Future, which won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.
Clement continued to diversify over the coming years with movie roles including Dinner for Schmucks in 2010, 2013's Men in Black 3, and his first leading role in People, Places, Things in 2015.
He's also been successful in animated films, voicing a Fleshlumpeater in Steven Spielberg's The BFG and a glam rock hermit crab in Disney's Moana, both in 2016.
In 2014 he co-directed and starred in indie box office success What We Do in the Shadows. The film's other director and long-term collaborator Waititi has since confirmed a sequel is on the cards.
In November 2017 Clement and Conchords partner McKenzie presented Crowded House with the Hall of Fame award at the Arias.
"We must stop this, you've got enough bands in the Hall of Fame," Clement joked on the night.