This was an amazing course, I really felt I gained a great deal from it, and the class itself was strong and worked hard, just the type of class one is after! Although it was “Dramatic Improv”, there were plenty of laughs, but it was improv taken to a more profound level, improv with greater depth, and creating something altogether more engaging to watch. In a real sense, it was acting and investing reality into the scenes.
If you get the chance, take Dramatic Improv with Rachael Mason!
Laughter is a byproduct of good scene work, even it is dramatic…
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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!
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I did a short course on telling your story at Second City. My notes are a little sparse as I was concentrating on making my story better, but the notes I did take are quite useful and are below.
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This is the homework for Thursday. In class people would read it out, so we got to see how these dialogues played, and that was great fun. What I discovered was that my dialogues really did sound like two people talking, a skill I didn’t realise I posessed.
This played out as quite comedy, I was pleased with. I clearly need to practice too, but decidedly a start with which I am happy! See what you think.
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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!
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Well, this was a very long week for me, we covered quite a lot of ground and the amount of work that I did was substantial for this and the other writing classes. Productive, I would like to continue to write daily, I think it’s a good habit to get into.
We covered quite a lot on the final day, including how to structure a Second City Review, and how to write and get into the writing habit.
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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”
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