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Garfunkel & Oates Kick Out The Jams

Comedy duo makes San Diego debut at UCSD

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With a  brief career that can best be described as a Hollywood brushfire, the musical comedy duo known as Garfunkel & Oates have become one of the hottest acts around with their loveable songs about douchebags and medical marijuana. Both originally from the east coast, Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) met at a Pennsylvania music camp when they were just youngsters, and would run into each other years later during a chance encounter at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles. The two began composing songs in 2009 with Lindhome on guitar and Micucci handling ukulele duties, and dubbed themselves, Garfunkel & Oates. After a few months of gigging around Los Angeles, the duo began hosting a monthly show at the UCB Theater where they quickly developed a cult following with consistent sold out crowds.

SanDiego.com recently sat down with Garfunkel & Oates and talked about Ed Hardy, Yo Gabba Gabba and to see if they could shed some insight on their recent development deal with Home Box Office.

How did you meet?
Riki Lindhome: We went to music camp together. I did but she didn’t like it, so she just went the one summer, but I went several summers. I think I’m shyer than Kate is.
Kate Micucci: We weren’t friends at camp, but about two years ago we were talking about how we both went to music camp. I was like, ‘Well that’s kind of weird, because there aren’t that many music camps.’ I said, ‘Where was your music camp?’ And she said the name of it which was Mansfield University, and I was like, ‘No way, I went to that same one.’ It’s a small town in upstate Pennsylvania, and were there at the exact same time, and I vaguely Riki. I remember her boyfriend Dante; it’s just funny to think we were both there at the same time. I cried every day. They had to convince me to eat a meal because I missed my mom and dad so much, while Riki had the time of her life. She went back many times and I never went back.

Where did you guys run into each other in Los Angeles?
Kate: It’s very vivid in my mind. We were going to see Doug Benson who’s a mutual friend of ours.
Riki: It was the Benson Interruption. We were sitting next to each other and she’s just very friendly, she’s like, ‘Hi I’m Kate.’ So she just struck up a conversation.

Was there a specific moment when you realized that Garfunkel & Oates was becoming something much larger than you anticipated?
Kate: Yes, and Riki had that epiphany months before I did. She said that she had faith that I would eventually. I think it might’ve been after we performed in Montreal in 2009. I think after that it was like, ‘Wait a second, this is pretty cool. This is something that seems to be getting more and more popular.’ Yeah, I think it was around then.
Riki: There wasn’t like one specific moment, but it was more like I just had this weird feeling. I kind of woke up one day and just had this weird feeling about it. Then one of my friends called and said, ‘I had dream about Garfunkel & Oates, this is what you’re supposed to be doing.’ And I’m like, ‘I know!’ It was just this weird thing, and I told Kate and she didn’t believe me. It took her a lot longer to get onboard.

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