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Interview: Comedy Darlings Garfunkel & Oates

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The lovely ladies, Garfunkel & Oates. Photo via G & O.

It seems that in the past month, you can't throw a joke book without hitting Garfunkel & Oates at some show around town. Not that you'd want to; these lovely ladies are quickly mastering the craft of beautiful songs with enough comedic edge to keep you in your seats. Both Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are well known faces on television and film, but their most recent musical endeavors have made them fan favorites around the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene, as well as online, where their single-take 'couch videos' are blowing up all over YouTube. LAist was fortunate enough to catch up with the ladies in the middle of their whirlwind month of performing, recording, and making new music videos for the fans. And let's not forget their UCB show on Wednesday!

How long have you two been performing together?

Kate: Since September.

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Riki: What?! 10 months? It feels shorter than that.

I would have actually assumed longer.

Kate: Oh, thank you. That is because we’re very professional.

Where did you meet and decide to start performing together?

Kate: We knew each other from auditions and things like that, like I knew who Riki was, but I didn’t know her, really. And then we were both going to see our friend Doug Benson at Upright Citizens Brigade and we were both in the lobby and we were both on bad dates. And then I noticed Riki and she noticed me and I said ‘hey, I’ve seen you around’ and we started talking and hit it off. That was awhile ago, like three and half years ago, maybe. But this stuff, the music stuff, really began last March.

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Riki: I wanted to do something with Kate, and I wrote a short for us to do, and I said let’s turn it into a musical, so she came over to write the music, and we wrote three songs in an hour. And Garfunkel and Oates was born. Then, I went out of the country and Kate went out of the country, and Garfunkel and Oates got put on hold until September because we both got acting work.