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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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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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