Here are my final notes on Comedy Songwriting. Jeff talked to us some more about the Second City song writing structures, formats and give us a few tips about pitching. Also, where to put a song, how to use a song, and how to write a satirical musical. Cool!
This is the song I wrote as my Comedy Songwriting homework for Wednesday.
For this I imagined myself singing it to the style of Riverdance
Title: The World’s Too Complicated!
This is the first comedy song I came up with for the Comedy Songwriting class.
I chose the opinion that we are destroying our environment.
As satire, I chose Reggae as the style and imagined it being sung by Mitt Romney dressed as a Rastafarian.
Title “I like it when the sun shines”
The songs we came up with for the class were not particularly well scanned, because one of the key things we tried to do was to write them at high speed, the aim being to write a song in about 20 minutes, to refine later if we so chose.
Funny is more important than the craft…
The first song was one we came up with together. As with all songs, the key was to base it on an opinion. The opinion for this was that people are filthy.
As well as Writing 1, this week I also had comedy songwriting. I am not sure when I will get a chance to use this skill, however, lots of the things we worked on in this course were useful for other things I am doing, and things from the other things I ma doing proved useful for this course too. A fun week, even if doing two writing courses (3 if you count “Telling your story” which I have on Tuesdays) was certainly challenging regarding the amount of work I had to do!
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This song was written off the back of hearing an improvised tune from Jeff. We had 15 minutes, this is what I came up with…
It’s a little harsh.
Title: The World is Too Informal
Man to his wife, discussing the kids, a bit of a scene discussing how children go out sloppily dressed.