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?