You know when you see a penny on the ground and you think “Ooh, score!” and go to pick it up and underneath it is something REALLY awesome, like a small dinosaur robot wearing a teeny-tiny Boyz II Men t-shirt? Well, that is essentially what just happened to me. I was getting ready to write this second entry of awesomeness on a new Fox show called Raising Hope (which is totally awesome, by the way, and I plan to get back to it eventually) but in the course of my research I found myself gravitating toward clips of the completely adorable Ms. Kate Micucci as Shelly, the (formerly) snaggle-toothed day care worker who takes care of baby Hope:
You might know Kate better from her turn on Scrubs as ‘The Gooch’; Ted’s supercute soulmate from the last season (let’s just pretend that weird 9th season thing didn’t count, okay?):
You also might know her from the recent Kristen Bell romcom When In Rome. I don’t know, I never saw it, looked to me like another case of the recent pop culture epidemic known as good-actors-making-bad-movies-itis. So anyway, I started wondering, who is this Kate Micucci character? Where did she come from? What is she all about? And oh my god you guys. Are you ready for this? Kate Micucci was an art major in college with a focus on puppet-making. She has since been a clown, a sandcastle-building instructor and spent some time watering banana and pineapple plants in Hawaii. Oh yeah, and she’s also a comedian and musician (and kazoo enthisiast to boot!). Kate Micucci, ladies and gentlemen: now featured in the dictionary under BAMF.
By now you’re probably thinking “Wow! Kate Micucci is TOTALLY AWESOME! What could possibly be better?” Well let me tell you what’s better: the musical-comedy DUO of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, also known as Garfunkel and Oates!
Before this I didn’t know Riki by name, but I immediately recognized her from various memorable and hilarious roles on such totally awesome shows as Buffy, Pushing Daisies, The Big Bang Theory, and the woefully-short-lived-but-totally-awesome Girltrash! The Webseries (which OH MY GOD, apparently is being made into a movie. SHWHAAAAT??).
Garfunkel and Oates formed in 2007 and they’ve since done a whole lot of performing and been featured all over the place, so much so that I actually can’t believe I’m only finding them now! They released an EP last year called Music Songs (album cover featured above) and this EP as well as the single for their song Present Face are available for download on iTunes. The EP is also available for purchase on their website; garfunkelandoates.com, along with some other sweet merch, including a selection of G&O kazoos that, I’m not going to lie, I kind of wish I owned in every color.
All of their music and a selection of spectacular music videos are featured on Riki’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/rikilind. I would highly recommend checking them out there first, because hello, they’re a musical-COMEDY duo, you’ve got to watch them perform! Also, they’re supercute. You should probably just watch everything on there, I have, but I’ll give you my 5 favorites to start with:
***oooh, I nearly forgot the dislaimer: as adorable as these ladies are, the vast majority of their material is NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN! Adult language and content abounds!***
1)Running With Chicken (Based on the movie Precious based on the novel Push by Sapphire).
Warning: this video contains keytar and the special effects might actually blow your mind.
2)This Party Took a Turn for the Douche. (If nothing else, you must at least skip to 2:28. And then 3:50.)
Word to your face. And your mother.
3)Sex With Ducks. By their own explanation this song is “in response to a Pat Robertson quote that legalizing gay marriage would lead to legalizing sex with ducks.”
4)Weed Card. Hilarious and educational!
5)Present Face. The song is so awesome it almost overshadows the sheer volume of totally awesome people in the video.
okay, I know I said 5, but I just couldn’t leave this next one off:
6) Pregnant Women are Smug. Oh yes, they went there.
So there you have it again, Garfunkel and Oates: TOTALLY AWESOME.