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Highlights from Garfunkel & Oates’ Reddit AMA

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The comedy folk duo of Riki Lindholme and Kate Micucci a.k.a. Garfunkel & Oates stopped by Reddit yesterday for an Ask Me Anything session. We were excited because as you may have heard, Garfunkel and Oates are working on a scripted comedy pilot for us and we want everyone to know exactly how awesome they are. The pilot centers on the aspirations and misadventures of this musical odd couple, and will spotlight the personal and professional lives of the duo whose career choices – singing satirical and sometimes dirty songs – leaves them with little in common with their peers, and no one but each other to turn to for support and understanding. Because who else understands “Sex with Ducks” but your best friend?

Here are some of the highlights of their Reddit AMA (read the whole thing while you’re at work today):

Having just watched the loophole, Kate is it wrong for me to feel as if you’re always being tricked into saying/doing these lewd things against your will?

Haha not wrong at all. (This is Riki) We came up with the idea for the Loophole two years ago and Kate refused to do it. Then, one day, out of nowhere, Kate said “Riki, I have something to tell you. I’m ready to do the loophole.” It made me so happy. Some of the lines in it still make Kate uncomfortable but overall, she likes the song.

This is Kate. You aren’t wrong that I sometimes feel so uncomfortable with what we are singing about. But at the same time, it is kind of liberating and I feel like Riki is helping me grow. Or maybe I’m just getting beaten down. I don’t know who I am anymore. Please help.

[If you haven’t watched “The Loophole” yet here’s the NSFW video:]

In an interview Kate said she never even sweared before joining G&O, so Riki, how does it feel having corrupted such a pure soul? 😉

I think she’s way more interesting now that she swears and isn’t so pure. Kate has changed a lot in the last 5 years and I think for the better in almost every way. She was very sheltered when I met her and now I think she’s so freaking interesting. I love it.

Looking back on the past 5 years, did being in G&O change you too? What events (good and bad) do you think shaped you and Kate the most?

Yeah, being in G&O has changed my whole life (this is Riki). It’s given me an outlet for my creativity and helped me figure out my voice and what it is that I want to say. It’s taught me about how to be a partner and has made me feel like I could have a lasting relationship with someone. It’s made me proactive about getting the things I want and has made me not feel like a victim (the way a lot of auditioning actors feel). I feel more like myself than I did before. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true.

Question for both: Have you heard from either Art Garfunkel or John Oates about the name of the band, and if so, what was their reaction?
2 questions for Riki: How often do you get “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” jokes? What was it like shooting that nude scene in “Hell Baby”? It must have taken hours to shoot. Was it weird being nude on set for that long? And did it take a lot of courage to do?

This is Kate. I’ll answer the John Oates question. Riki…you can answer the other one. About a year into being Garfunkel and Oates, John Oates myspaced us. I was in my kitchen and Riki called and said, “Check out myspace page!” (This was in 2009) John Oates said he was totally cool with us using his name as long as we offered him a beer when he came to our shows. And then he asked if we would want to open for him. We were seriously jumping up and down, so excited. So we opened for John when he did a solo show near L.A. And I think his audience was a little confused or shocked by us. But the highlight of the show for us was playing Maneater with John. I played a trombone solo during it while Riki did a strip tease. She stripped from one modest dress to another. John has probably played that song a zillion times. But I think that was the first time he sang it while a trombone solo and strip tease were happening simultaneously. John has been a great friend to us. Last time we played Nashville he even helped Riki pick out a new guitar.

(This is Riki). I get A LOT of Rikki don’t lose that number jokes. I don’t really mind them though. In fact, that was my phone ring for a while.
Shooting the nude scene in Hell Baby was really nerve wracking. I’d done a topless scene before (In Last House on the Left) so had dealt the whole “this will be on the internet forever” of it all. But this was total nudity so it was pretty scary. The good part was that the scene was with Rob Corddry and Keegan Michael Key who could not be nicer guys and Tom Lennon and Ben Garant (the directors) were super pro and made me really comfortable. The whole scene only took about 5 hours to shoot so it wasn’t that bad. The scene is loooooong so the first time I saw it in front of other people was a little strange but now I feel okay about it. I just hope everyone likes the movie!!

How did you two meet? The chemistry between you two comedically is phenomenal. After you met, what was/is the writing process like? I’m always amazed at how clever your songs are, and The Loophole is no exception. I’m a huge fan, and thank you for doing this <3

We met at UCB through a mutual friend, Doug Benson. We became friends and for about a year, would have lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen and write down our goals on napkins (for real). After several months of telling each other our goals and dreams, we realized that we had a lot of similar ones. After I saw Kate perform (this is Riki) I knew we had to write songs together.

Would you please ask [John Oates] to consider regrowing the mustache?

John Oates should grow that stache back. He just seems so iconic with it. Totally agree.
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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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