Thursday, 21 February 2013 09:53

Garfunkel and Oates Create Comedy with a Melody

Written by  Josh Spanninga
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Garfunkel and Oates
The Pyramid Scheme
March 8, 9, show times at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
16+, (616) 272-3758

Folk-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates started out with a series of lo-fi YouTube videos that Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome had created for the amusement of friends and family. Thousands of hits later, it became apparent the duo was on to something.

"We said, 'Let's make another one! Oh wow, people liked that one, let's make another one!' And it kind of went from there," Micucci said.

Eventually, Micucci and Lindhome decided to take the show live.

"All of a sudden we were playing shows with really fun people and it was kind of infectious," Micucci said.

While at first, they weren't sure how to approach the live set, they figured out their niche quickly.

"When we started, we didn't know if we were going to do comedy clubs or music clubs because it's a little bit of both, and then once we were on stage it was just so much more fun to make people laugh," Lindhome said.

Since then they have released three albums, toured extensively, had their music featured on "Scrubs" (on an episode where Micucci appeared briefly as the beloved Stephanie Gooch) and collaborated with artists such as Childish Gambino.

Micucci and Lindhome also have strong careers outside of Garfunkel and Oates. Micucci has her own solo musical act titled "Playin with Micucci," and Lindhome currently hosts the Nerdist podcast "Making It." Both regularly act in television and film roles as well. They admit it's becoming increasingly difficult to find time for Garfunkel and Oates, but they remain committed to the project. Recently, this means working late into the night on new material.

"We just take any chance when we have free time to try and work," Micucci said.

Currently, they are writing and recording their fourth studio album, and will soon film a handful of videos to promote it.

Grand Rapids will have a chance to see Garfunkel and Oates perform at LaughFest. The girls make it clear that it will be an R-rated performance, and with songs such as "F--- You" and "Handjob, Blandjob, I Don't Understand Job," it's probably best to keep the kids at home.

"One time, a town actually said we were doing a children's brunch," Micucci said. "So that was interesting."

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