A collection of the 13 best music videos from comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. Garfunkel and Oates aren't only the two greatest second bananas in rock history. They're also the musical comedy duo of Kate "Oates" Micucci and Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome. The two have performed humorous folk-rock songs together since 2007, after they were first introduced at Los Angeles' Upright Citizens Brigade Theater by comedian Doug Benson. In addition to a cult following in the Los Angeles area, the two have become fixtures on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and have produced a pilot for an HBO series.
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"F**k You" was among the first Garfunkel & Oates songs, written as part of a collaborative musical project known as "Imaginary Larry." When the ladies began performing songs together on YouTube, they revamped "F**k You" and posted it as a "Redo." The film features the trademark combination of Riki on guitar and Kate on ukelele, as well as a kazoo solo. Though the duo typically perform the choruses of their songs in sync, "F**k You" plays around with this gimmick, having them accidentally sing different, more extreme versions over one another.
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Me, You and Steve
This catchy little lament tells the story of a woman who wants nothing more than to enjoy the company of her new beau. Unfortunately, they are constantly being shadowed by the man's irritating friend, Steve, who persists in accompanying them on dates. A prime example of Garfunkel & Oates' ability to combine humorous observational comedy, a compelling narrative and a catchy hook into one 2 minute comedy routine. (The song is said to be based on an actual situation in Riki's life.)
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Pregnant Women are Smug
So, Kate and Riki's theory is that everyone finds pregnant women to be smug, but no one says anything. Because they're pregnant. If that's not enough to convince you, there's always Kate's impression of a smug pregnant lady to seal the deal. The song has proved one of the more controversial Garfunkel & Oates selections, particularly among pregnant women, who seem to not really enjoy being called smug.
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"Weed Card" points out the relative ease of obtaining a license to smoke medical marijuana in the State of California. The video finds Kate and Riki, initially concerned that it will be difficult to obtain the titular card, before discovering a doctor (played by comedian and "Anchorman" star David Koechner), who immediately provides a government supply to get legally high. Among the ailments for which the girls recommend pot prescriptions are anxiety, obesity, carpel tunnel syndrome, stuttering, tooth decay or even asthma.
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Why Isn't There More F**king on This Island?
In honor of the finale of "LOST," the ladies wonder musically why more of the characters on the show didn't spend their time on the island having sex. After all, they're a pretty attractive bunch taken together, and as the ladies say, one way to look at their predicament would be "the best vacation of your life."
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Go Kart Racing (Accidentally Masturbating)
In what the ladies insist is a "true story," they describe Riki having fun at the go-kart track before suddenly discovering that the vibrations of the machine is making her sexually aroused. Despite her initial qualms, the chorus reveals that there was "no stopping till [she] crossed the finish line."
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Worst Song Medley
One of Garfunkel and Oates breakthrough songs, "Worst Song Medley," just as the title suggests, mashes up several of the ladies' least favorite songs from their childhood into one slightly more palatable mix. The songs included are:
"I Love You Always Forever" by Donna Lewis
"Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
"I Don't Want to Wait" by Paula Cole
"Too Close" by Next
"Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer
"I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
"Thank You" by Dido
"Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
"Cotton Eye Joe" by Rednex
"Rush, Rush" by Paula Abdul
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112
"Drops of Jupiter" by Train
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I Would Never (Have Sex with You)
In the narrative song "I Would Never (Have Sex With You)," Kate and Riki take on the role of a woman who enjoys spending time with a male friend, but wants to let the guy down easy by telling him he doesn't have a shot of getting her into bed. The song parodies the common social situation in which men pursue disinterested women, holding out hope that they can turn a friendship around despite all evidence to the contrary. (For instance, the girls point out that, if they did in fact harbor any romantic interest in the song's subject, they would have at least shown him their boobs by now.)