Comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates -- aka Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci -- have blossing TV and film careers. But for the past three years they've been performing their brand of musical comedy at spots like the UCB Theatre and Largo, which will host their second annual Ho, Ho, Hoes? holiday show this Friday, December 9.
The duo specializes in translating topical commentary and everyday situations into YouTube anthems; their most famous, "Pregnant Women Are Smug" has over a million and a half views. Some of their videos have high production values, like "Weed Card," but they often simply record themselves on a couch. Their most recent effort "Save the Rich" is a sarcastic argument in favor of rights for the wealthy. They spoke with us about their upcoming holiday show and third album, the yet-unnamed series they're creating for HBO, and "Save The Rich" in the context of the Occupy movement.
How did the concept for "Save The Rich" come about, and what has the response been like?
RL: The response has been good. I like when something gets people arguing on message boards.
KM: It's always good when something like that gets people talking.
Had you planned that prior to the beginning of Occupy Wall Street?
RL: We wrote it afterwards, but it was something we had talked about before. Income inequality and the recession were things we had talked about and brainstormed ideas for, and it was sort of on a list of ideas with another song we were writing for John Oates.
What was the song you were writing for John Oates?
RL: Oh, he doesn't even know about it. This was us just hoping to do a video with him, but the song was never good enough so we didn't send it to him.
KM: He's a really sweet guy and he's been such a good friend to us though. We played with him a couple times and we opened for him like two years ago.
RL: And he got us Hall and Oates tickets for the Bowl on July 4th. They played with the Philharmonic and there were fireworks, and we got to sit next to the Old Spice Guy. It was amazing.