|Kate "Oates" McCucci and Riki "Garfunkel" Lindhome in their IFC series. Also: a baby.|
|That's all of us. We're all jerks.|
|These are basically me at ages 10 and 8, respectively.|
All paranoid delusions aside, there were two cases in 2014 which made me feel like maybe pop culture was being made specifically for me.
Case #1: Garfunkel & Oates' TV show
|Kate McCucci and Riki Lindhome brought their act from YouTube to IFC in 2014.|
Way back in 2009, when I first saw comedy folk duo Garfunkel & Oates singing "Pregnant Women are Smug" on YouTube in a grainy, underlit homemade video, I thought, "This should be a TV show." And from there, I immediately started embroidering upon that original thought and began "designing" the imaginary TV show in my mind. It should be very loosely based on their real lives, I decided, with the two ladies basically portraying themselves or "TV versions" of themselves: touring musicians who perform risque acoustic folk songs at small theaters and comedy clubs. But it should be heavily fictionalized, too, and occasionally go off on surreal tangents whenever necessary. The tone of the show should generally be sweet and optimistic, but there should be moments of darkness, too, with cheerfully bawdy humor throughout. It should be a weirder, hipper Laverne & Shirley for the new millennium, cross-bred with Flight of the Conchords. The look of the series, meanwhile, should be bright and colorful -- a heightened reality just short of cartoonishness but pleasant to look at. And, of course, there should be guest stars aplenty: cool people from the indie comedy and music scenes. Well, folks, Garfunkel & Oates is just about to wrap up its first season on IFC, and the existing series is uncannily like what I wanted to see back in 2009. Even the show's title sequence seems like a direct nod to Laverne & Shirley, and the roster of guest stars includes Tig Notaro, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Toby Huss, Abby Elliott, and more. This is the clearest example of the Gods of Popular Culture giving me exactly what I wished for. Or at least it was until I found out about...
Case #2: A whole movie about Margaret and Walter Keane
|A classic Keane "big eyes" painting from the early 1960s|
|Tim Burton is really doing a movie about "big eyes" paintings. Yep.|