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 has been a crazy week in terms of how much I’ve had going on. I’ve had the same, excessive, number of hours of classes, but 33 hours of them were writing classes, which required substantially more to be done outside of class. As such, by Thursday I ended up going to bed at 8pm. Which was fine, I got the work required done. It is interesting setting the alarm for 1am to do a couple of hours work and then get a few more hours sleep. Interesting, but also effective. And the biggest outcome of this week has been that I’ve learnt how to write dialogue, and also that the dialogue hat I wrote sounds quite natural when performed. Nice!
I’ll start at the start though, with Writing 1, a 3 hour a day course at Second City. This course was designed to teach us how to write a script for a comedy sketch. What you will see here is my works in progress and exercises for specific purposes. I hope that I will write several more dialogues that I will post here for your amusement (or for my own amusement, if we are being honest with each other. I mean, of course I want you to enjoy it, but hey, even if you weren’t reading this, I’d still be writing, how self indulgent I am!)