Garfunkel and Oates bring their edgy (and occasionally sweet) songs to The Venetian

Sure, settle in to your seat and enjoy the double-take incongruity of watching two attractive women who look like they might have sat next to you in algebra class singing what Mom and Dad would have called “off-color songs” that involve everything from sex to insufferable pregnant women to the emotional perils of turning 31.

But as you’re laughing out loud, take a moment to notice and appreciate the wit, skill and just plain fun with which Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci mine their particular vein of comedy.

Introducing Garfunkel & Oates!

A few months ago, there was an article I wrote concentrating on comedy’s significance in the music world. I still love listening to Asshole and I’m On a Boat just as much as the next guy but I feel there was a glaring omission from from that write-up. Notice how in that article, no women got any shine from me. That admittedly was a mistake. It was really hard to rack my brain for a credible musical-comedy act featuring females. Yeah, there was Judy Tenuta and her raunchy stage persona which was ahead of its time but I couldn’t really name someone whose material I was really familiar with. Right after that article was submitted, I was embarrassed that one had slipped my mind. One whose like-ability and catchiness I always admired. The novelty music duo known as Garfunkel & Oates.  Read more...

Tenacious & twee: Garfunkel and Oates

‘Welcome to Garfunkel and Oates world,” Riki Lindhome says as she waves her hands in front of her face like a cheesy magician. The tall, blond, sylph-like half of the Los Angeles-based comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates has just informed me that my plans to take her and her partner Kate Micucci on a tour through Vancouver is not going to happen.  Read more...

Here, a play-by-play photo diary of the comedy duo’s pre-show preparations.

Musical comedy outfit Garfunkel & Oates are side players no more

There is a point during most Garfunkel & Oates performances in which Kate Micucci will declare she was a late bloomer. The candid look into her personal life usually comes sometime after the folksy comedy duo has led the crowd through a kazoo breakdown, taken a knock at pregnant women and discussed where ducks rank on the bestiality scale, all of it delivered with buoyant ukulele-led pop.  

As for Micucci's confession, it greets one of the newer additions to the Garfunkel & Oates oeuvre, a peppy keyboard rap entitled "I Don't Understand Job." In the song, Micucci and bandmate Riki Lindhome profess their confusion toward an act of intimacy, but rather than find comedy in lewdness, the pair focus on their own nerdy naivete.  Read more...

Garfunkel & Oates Get All Over Your Face

Let’s get one thing straight: Riki Lindhome is Art Garfunkel and Kate Micucci is John Oates — not the other way around. The reasons why the musical-comedy duo has come to inhabit these specific roles are actually pretty simple, though. “Riki’s Garfunkel because she’s tall and blonde,” Kate says. “I’m Oates because I’m short and if I’m not careful, I can get a mustache.”  Read more...

Garfunkel and Oates: the explicit wit of late bloomers

They’re smart, cute, and hilarious — two young women with famous names, even if they’re not really their own. Garfunkel and Oates are the stage names of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, the funniest musical duo since Flight of the Conchords. The two sing about all manner of humorous things, from the embarrassing to the ridiculous, but it’s the comic power of their name that first grabs people’s attention.

Micucci says when Lindhome first floated the name as a kind of trial balloon, it drew an immediate reaction.
“We were just doing some really early demos. We still didn’t have a band name. We’d probably been through three or four different names at that point, and she mentioned Garfunkel and Oates, and the guy recording us just started laughing so hard, he’s like ‘That has to be it. That has to be it.'” And so, one of the best stage names in the business was born. It’s a comedy calling card like no other.  Read more...

Garfunkel & Oates: Comedy Is Pretty

G&O go toe to toe

G&O go toe to toe

The scenario is enchanting in a wonderfully weird way: Across the table from me sit Garfunkel & Oates — not Art, and not John, but actress-comedienne-musician combo platters Riki Lindhome (the magnificent “Garfunkel”) and Kate Micucci (the sensational “Oates”) — and they’re earnestly debating the relative merits of the pop song on the café’s sound system: Matthew Wilder’s immortal classic, “Break My Stride.”  Read more...