Jemaine Clement’s first acting role was in the 1995 satirical short film “Ash: Ashley Thorndyke – Work In Progress”. In 2004, he teamed up with fellow New Zealander Taika Waititi to form the comedy duo The Humourbeasts. Clement and Bret McKenzie brought “Flight of the Conchords” to HBO in 2007, where it aired for two years.
In 2014, Clement and Waititi partnered to write, direct, and star in “What We Do in the Shadows,” a comedy horror film that received stellar reviews from critics.
The pair – both of part Maori descent — followed that effort up with a “What We Do in the Shadows” TV series that aired for four seasons on FX and gathered 17 Emmy nominations, including one in 2022 for outstanding comedy series. Clement stayed mainly behind the scenes of the television production, appearing on just two episodes of the show.
But while he was collecting Emmy nominations for his work on “What We Do in the Shadows” and “Flight of the Conchords,” Clement was making a name for himself as a voice artist as well.