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Garfunkel and Oates, series 1 29 December 2014

22-minute comedy loosely based on the real lives of the folk-rock-parody duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome.

I first met Garfunkel and Oates in their appearance on Tabletop, enjoyed their sense of humour, and looked up some of their videos. Recently I discovered that their long-awaited TV series had actually been made. And… well, it's OK. Which for a comedy-hater like me is pretty good going.

Both the principals have contributed to scripts, and one suspects that details like Micucci's fondness for puppets or Lindhome's anxiety about having her eggs frozen are drawn from the life. For me at least, that material works better than the blatant attempts at comedy: the show finds its groove for me at least when the main narrative manages to be simultaneously funny and telling (e.g. when Micucci goes to an audition for a film role named only as "hot slut") rather than when it's a series of situational jokes based on a baby shower or a grotty gig venue with a hypersensitive sound tech.

And of course there are the musical interludes; we've seen most of them before, or at least I have, but they're inserted reasonably effectively into the storylines and they're still enjoyable.

Not a series worth going to great trouble to seek out, but if you can get access without too much trouble it's definitely worth a look.

Don't stop being cool.

(But the series was not renewed.)

  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 12:29pm on 29 December 2014

    What is a baby shower? I know it's a US thing but have never managed to understand it. I mean the baby clearly hasn't been born, so how can you shower it or give it a bath? Wikipedia wasn't much use either last time I checked, it seemed to be one of these definitions which assumed you already knew what it was.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 12:36pm on 29 December 2014

    A social gathering with party-like elements, the occasion for which is the presentation of baby-related gifts to the expectant or new mother, who is "showered" with presents.

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