‘Garfunkel and Oates’ is further proof that girls rule TV this year


Kate Micucci, left, and Riki Lindhome aren’t afraid to get dirty in “Garfunkel and Oates.” (IFC)

This year is shaping up to be a stellar one for funny women on TV.

Thus far, three hilarious new sitcoms have premiered that were created by and star women: Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” starring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; USA’s “Playing House,” starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair; and IFC’s “Garfunkel and Oates,” starring Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. All three center on strong friendships between comedy duos who have worked together at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and all three are among the funniest new shows this year.

The latest is “Garfunkel and Oates,” which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m., and is loosely based on Micucci and Lindhome’s lives in their real-life comedy band, Garfunkel and Oates.

Micucci and Lindhome derive much of their humor from the fact that their seemingly innocuous, twee folk songs tend to have dirty, unexpected twists. (Like HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords,” each episode utilizes fully produced music videos inside a somewhat traditional sitcom structure.)

In the preview episode IFC made available for free online last week, Micucci and Lindhome decide to test a theory on a blind-double-date: What would happen if two women went through an entire evening without speaking to their dates?

The results may surprise you. What shouldn’t surprise you is that it produces comedy gold.

 

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Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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