Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome of Garfunkel and Oates. Who says cute chicks can’t be funny too?
6. “Fuck You” by Garfunkel and Oates
Garfunkel and Oates is the duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, a couple of the funniest women to come out of LA’s comedy scene in recent years. As their folk-hero inspired name would imply, they play a lot of quiet acoustic music carried by their airy vocal duets. Their tunes tend to be soft and pretty, which is what makes it so funny when their lyrics suddenly turn to the subject of rough, kinky sex, like in “Fuck You.”
7. “Turtleneck & Chain” by The Lonely Island
The Lonely Island, headed by SNL star Andy Samberg, have had a slew of music comedy hits since they first blew up a few years back (think “I’m On a Boat” and “Dick In a Box”). “Turtleneck & Chain,” the titular track off their most recent album, is a send-up of mediocre club anthems, but it’s done so well it could easily pass for one of those dime-a-dozen rap hits.
“Turtleneck & Chain” is a send-up of mediocre club anthems, but it’s done so well it could easily pass for one of those dime-a-dozen rap hits.
8. “Drowned” by Tim Minchin
Australian comedian Tim Minchin takes a slightly more subtle approach to music comedy than most of his peers. Listening to the song “Drowned”—about a horrible girlfriend—you wouldn’t know Minchin was trying to be funny unless you really paid attention to the lyrics (which are hilarious).
9. “Everyday Normal Guy” by Jon Lajoie
Jon Lajoie is best known to Amerian audiences as the perpetually-stoned Taco on FX’s The League. But Lajoie first got big in his native Canada as a stand-up comedian who frequently performed musical numbers on stage. “Everyday Normal Guy” finds Lajoie rapping in true gangsta fashion about… average sexual performance and living in a quiet neighborhood.
10. “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” by Tom Lehrer
Tom Lehrer was one of the earliest pioneers of modern musical comedy, first launching his career in 1945. A Harvard grad and mathematician by training, Lehrer’s subject matter was often dark and frequently deemed too controversial in his day and age. Hence the song “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” which is about doing just that.