They formed Garfunkel and Oates, named after the "two famous rock 'n' roll second bananas," Art Garfunkel of Simon and Garfunkel and John Oates of Hall & Oates."I'm Oates, because I'm shorter and if I'm not careful I will have a moustache," says Micucci, who plays ukelele in the duo.Garfunkel and Oates, which sings about R-rated topics, including accidental masturbation and hand jobs, quickly gained a following."When I met Riki, I started singing dirtier material and it's amazing how the audience responded," Micucci says."Riki is good for a lot of advice like that."Lindhome laughs and finishes her artistic partner's thought: "Which I don't take, by the way."The women are both high-speed talkers, a trait that migrated to the stage."Kate and I both talk really fast," Lindhome says."When we talk to each other, we talk double-speed, so when we were onstage our natural proclivity was to rush. We said, 'Let's just write faster songs.' It went toward our natural style."Their quick and intricate singing style was developed over time."As we went along, our songs got more complex," Micucci says."We are both in our 30s and we spend our days touring the country. It's all about the balance of having a career and dating.A lot of the core elements are truthful."Micucci says when she first started doing comedy in Pennsylvania, there was nothing racy about it."It is really interesting how people respond when you sing honest songs that are R-rated.There is definitely an audience for them."Soon the pair were making the rounds of late-night television performing their music.
'"The duo's new comedy series "Garfunkel and Oates" debuted on the IFC channel in early August."When I started touring it was easier to take the ukulele than the piano."Micucci is also an actress and got her breakthrough acting role in 2009 on TV's "Scrubs" as the ukulele-strumming Stephanie Gooch.She followed that with a role opposite Kristen Bell in the romantic comedy film "When in Rome." Then she had a recurring role on the series "Til Death" in 2010 and also snagged the recurring role of Shelly in Fox's "Raising Hope."In 2012 Micucci appeared in her highest profile role to date, as Lucy, the recurring love interest for astrophysicist Rajesh Koothrappali, played by Kunal Nayyar on the CBS hit "The Big Bang Theory." She and Lindhome wrote the love song "If I Didn't Have You," which was sung by "Big Bang's" Howard for Bernadette for their anniversary on the show last season.It's a daydream come true for Micucci, a 1998 graduate of Nazareth Area High School who lives in Los Angeles."We are so fortunate to be able to do this," she says."It's so surreal."She says the scripted series is based on the pair's lives, although some elements, such as Micucci having an audition with Ben Kingsley and the pair meeting their porn alter-egos, are fiction."It's an exaggerated version of who we are," she says."The rapid-fire words, the going back and forth, the singing in sync was a gradual process, getting (to the point where we could) spit out these fast words.By then we were really used to performing together. Lindhome recalls the real-life incident that inspired the song. In the lyrics, Lindhome and Micucci take themselves to task along with their fellow cowards in the love trenches: "And women are hypocrites/ especially ones in comedy bands/ We see your faults but not our own/ Then we wonder why we're all alone.""Everyone has done it, even people not in the dating scene," says Lindhome about "The Fade Away." "Even married people have done it to friends and co-workers.""We all do it," agrees Micucci, whose own attempted "fade away" with an early boyfriend was the inspiration for the song.She was eating dinner with a friend at an elegant French restaurant. "I was at a point in my life where maybe I was doing it a little too much. I thought it was the 'nice' thing to do, rather than being forward and telling him, 'This isn't working out.' Riki said to me, 'You can't do this anymore. This is not allowed.'"Micucci laughs at the memory.She says she performed "sweet songs about my dog."She and Lindhome met when both performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles in 2007.They joined forces for "Imaginary Larry," a short musical film by Lindhome about a girl with an imaginary friend.