It’s nice having your own TV show, because you can hire all your friends to work on it. That’s one plus for Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, creators, writers, producers and stars of “Garfunkel & Oates,” IFC’s new series based on their musical comedy act.
Lindhome and Micucci tell Zap2it on an early summer visit to the show’s Los Angeles set that they recruited comedy pals Natasha Leggerro, Anthony Jeselnik, Toby Huss, Tig Notaro (and many, many more) just by simply asking nicely.
“We basically wrote them all parts and asked them to do it and they said yes,” Lindhome says.
They also recruited fellow comedians to write episodes, so the first season’s episodes include half written by the duo and half written by friends, including “Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis.
The show is based on the adventures the two have had on the road touring as Garfunkel & Oates, and will include several never-before-heard songs from the duo. “We have a couple of songs that haven’t been out there that are in the show,” Micucci says.
Some songs you have heard will sound differently. “A lot of our songs didn’t qualify because of the rating — we’re TV-14 — and we have a lot of swear words and dirty things,” Lindhome says, but often the “cleaner” fixes were even funnier. For example, “We couldn’t say fingered, so we say went to third.”
Episodes will deal with everything from a disastrous tour stop (complete with a calculator magician opener — yeah, you read that right) to Lindhome freezing her eggs.
“We just have a zillion stories and now we are doing our best to tell them. Almost everything is based on something real,” Lindhome says.
Adds Micucci, “If it’s not totally 100 percent what happened, it’s super close. We’re playing ourselves — maybe in moments exagerated verisions of ourselves, but not that far off. Maybe by 2 percent.”
“Garfunkel & Oates” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC.