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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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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…