Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome managed to build a nice following over the years on YouTube with their comedy folk act, Garfunkel and Oates. It has translated into some small screen success for them over the years, with various roles in shows like Scrubs, Nip/Tuck, How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory.
In 2009, Micucci and Lindhome created their own short film, Imaginary Larry. Three years later, they signed a one-year deal for a short series with HBO and then ultimately landed their own gig on IFC as part of the channel’s renaissance (more on that later).
Through the first two episodes on IFC, Garfunkel and Oates seems to be searching hard for its niche. The duo manage to flip stereotypical gender roles pretty well and their in-your-face vulgarities only serves to further that purpose. However, it seems like they are holding something back right now. Whether IFC is pushing them in a certain direction or they are trying too hard to adapt to the television series format is unclear, though. Even last night’s porn star episode — featuring a cameo from John Oates — still seemed a bit more reserved than their YouTube videos or HBO clips.
It is probable that Micucci and Lindhome will settle into their new roles at some point and their show will hit the mark. Hopefully it will happen before IFC decides whether or not to renew the show for a second season. The duo has a good mix of talent and chemistry. That mix should work in their favor with the G&O series.
The only real concern for Garfunkel and Oates is that they do not go the way of Flight of the Conchords and run out of material and burn themselves out after a couple of seasons.
If you have yet to catch the series, use their (NSFW) YouTube channel as a primer. “The Loophole” is especially amazing.