Before you get too excited about the idea of seeing rock music’s greatest pair of sidekicks doing a two-man improv comedy show at Zanies, you should probably know that Garfunkel & Oates aren’t that Garfunkel and Oates. Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome are ukulele-playing singer-songwriter-comediennes who play cutesy twee folk tunes about smug pregnant women and handjobs. Which, as we all know, is what “I Can’t Go For That” is really about.
Musical comedy is a tough act to pull off — as occasionally music-based comedian Chris Hardwick put it, they’re essentially sketches with guitars — but Micucci (Oates) and Lindhome (Garfunkel) make it work with undeniable sweetness, undercutting bawdy subjects like accidental sluttiness and duck sex. Too bad though: Now that I think about it, seeing Nashville transplant John Oates telling dick jokes would be one of life’s greatest moments. Oh well, maybe next time.