Garfunkel and Oates heading to the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis

The women behind the musical-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates don't look like troublemakers.

Kate Micucci, with her ukulele and doe-eyed reactions to the chaos around her, made her the ideal candidate to play a fragile geek on "The Big Bang Theory," so intimidated by big-hearted Raj that she climbed out a bathroom window in the middle of a date. Guitar player Riki Lindhome, who had a recurring role on "Gilmore Girls," exudes a Midwest-bred wholesomeness straight out of "Little House on the Prairie."

But it's those innocent first impressions that allow them to get away with comic murder.

On their IFC self-titled series as well as on a tour that brings them to Minneapolis on Friday, the longtime friends perform peppy, poppy numbers (that have titles like "Sex With Ducks," "Gay Boyfriend" and "This Party Took a Turn for the Douche") with "Sesame Street"-like enthusiasm — and lyrics that would make Grover's hair fall out.

We spoke to the red-hot pair by phone from their apartments in Los Angeles.  Read more...

TV Review: Garfunkel and Oates, Series Premiere

I didn’t know what to expect from Garfunkel and Oates the TV show. Starring the band of the same name, Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci basically play versions of themselves in a sitcom version of their lives. Similar to Flight of the Concords (because they’re a band) and Broad City (because they’re two female best friends playing themselves in something based off of something they created for the internet), Garfunkel and Oates stars two women you’ve seen before on what is technically called a shit ton of TV shows, but probably don’t know by name. Particularly, Micucci (winner of the best/worst last name award, which I just created and gave out this very moment) has been on many quirky comedies in the past few years including The Big Bang Theory, Scrubs and Raising Hope.  Read more...

Garfunkel and Oates, from flat screen to big stage

Photo by Kyle Christy

Photo by Kyle Christy

 As actresses, Riki Lindhome, 35, and Kate Micucci, 34, have plenty of television, film and commercial acting credits between them. But together they've hit pay dirt as the comedy-music duo Garfunkel and Oates.

The two teamed up in 2007. "We were always very happy with whatever success level we had," says Lindhome about the duo's climb from the Los Angeles comedy ranks onto the national stage. "Every single step (we've said to each other), 'Can you believe someone is paying us to do this?'"  Read more...

IFC naughty distaff comedy “Garfunkel and Oates”

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Photo by Kyle Christy

“Garfunkel and Oates,” a naughty distaff cable comedy offering a take on 20something dating, friendship and ironic self-awareness, premieres Aug. 7 on IFC. If Laverne and Shirley had been allowed to discuss particular methods of male sexual gratification or express their real feelings about men not listening when they talk, and liberated from the sitcom mold, they might have ended up here.  Read more...

Garfunkel and Oates far from ‘second bananas’

With the voices of angels and the vocabulary of truckers, the women of music-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates are the type who would make any self-respecting granny reach for her smelling salts.

To wit, their songs boast titles like Sex With Ducks, Pregnant Women are Smug, and Handjob, Blandjob, I Don’t Understand Job. But Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome say it’s that type of raunch that helped set them apart when they founded the duo six years ago.  Read more...

Garfunkel and Oates is Naughty and Nice [Review]

It’s about time Garfunkel and Oates got their own TV show.  For those not in the know, that may seem a confusing statement. But if you’ve peeked in on the Los Angeles comedy scene in the last seven-odd years, you’d recognize the names not as the secondary halves of two great bands, but as the stage name of one of the funniest and hardest-working comedy bands in the business.  Read more...

IFC's 'Garfunkel and Oates' Have Some Truth Bombs For Your Friends

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Photo by Mark Davis

Because it wasn't already great enough that the female comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates are going on a 14-stop live tour come late August, IFC has released seven hilarious "Brutally Honest Video Cards" in honor of National Friendship Day (August 3). The two ladies that make up the laugh-out-loud two-person musical group, Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, are gearing up for the August 7 premiere of their new IFC show, aptly titled Garfunkel and Oates, and they want to make sure that everyone has a special way to let their friends know exactly how they feel about them.  Read more...

Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome: Garfunkel and Oates - The Treatment on KCRW

Actor/comedians Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome knew when they first met that they had something special. After a series of lunches where they would share their hopes and dreams with each other, they started writing comedy songs. Soon after, Garfunkel and Oates became an online sensation with a cult following. Now, they're starting a new adventure: a television series on IFC. Kate and Rikki share stories from the road, plus what it was like to make the most epic puppet music video, ever.

Garfunkel And Oates Talk New IFC Show, ‘Beige Curtains’ And Not Smoking Weed With Their Fans

I first met Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci back in 2010 during an interview, in the basement of Comix, a bygone New York City comedy venue. That same month, my colleagues and I spoke to Nick Kroll, Donald Glover, Whitney Cummings and Chelsea Peretti in the same, tiny room, not knowing that four years later every single one of them would have their own television show.  Read more...

Ethan Miller via Getty Images

Ethan Miller via Getty Images

‘Garfunkel & Oates’ Cancelled By IFC After One Season :(

IFC has opted not to order a second season of comedy series Garfunkel & Oates, which had a 10-episode freshman run last year. The half-hour show featured female comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates), and spotlighted the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices – singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs — left them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding. The series was produced by Abominable Pictures and executive produced by Lindhome, Micucci and Jonathan Stern. IFC also recently cancelled The Birthday Boys after two seasons.

Don’t compare “Garfunkel and Oates” to “Girls”!

It’s inevitable that any new show that diverges from the mainstream will get lumped in with something successful that came before. Because it’s a show about women who are unapologetically sexual, “Girls” was compared widely to “Sex and the City”; it became clear that the two shows had nothing in common shortly before “Broad City” came out, and got called the anti-“Girls.” (Then again, every single show involving women released since “Girls” has been compared to “Girls.”)  Read more...

Garfunkel and Oates Get a TV Show of Their Own

On the Saturday of San Diego's Comic-Con, amid the throngs of cosplayers hovering at the Hilton Bayfront, Garfunkel and Oates — a.k.a. Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci — are being asked to take a selfie with a women in her 50s. The two are more than obliged, but the moment speaks volumes: No longer are Garfunkel and Oates the cult faves of the L.A. alter-comedy scene. They're now mainstream draws. Further bolstering Garfunkel and Oates' popularity at Comic-Con was their cameo at The Bang Bang Theory panel before an audience of 4,800, where they performed their song "Bernadette" from the show.  Read more...

Garfunkle and Oats "If I Didn't Have You (Comic-Con Edition)" 

Watch a clip of 'Garfunkel and Oates' guest-starring the actual Oates

The pair have assembled an impressive lineup of guest stars for their first season, including Chris Parnell, Natasha Leggero, Anthony Jeselnik, Tig Notaro, Steve Agee, Chris Hardwick, and, most improbably, Sir Ben Kingsley. But in terms of metatextual humor, it’s hard to beat a cameo from the group’s partial namesake John Oates. He appears in an episode entitled “Rule 34” (airing this Thursday, Aug. 14), in which Garfunkel and Oates encounter a porn version of themselves played by Abby Elliott and Sugar Lyn Beard.  Read more...