Featured Five, Vol. 9 – Gut-Busting Comedy Songs

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Blog #70 – Featured Five, Vol. 9 – Gut-Busting Comedy Songs

Laughter is one if the best coping mechanisms. It sure beats the alternative! Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D, creator of The Laughter Remedy, states, “Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.” Laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins and, best yet, protects the heart by improving the function of blood vessels and increasing blood flow. Who knew a little wacka-wacka could do so much good?

Given that The Directory is a one-stop-shopping kind of resource, we thought we’d introduce you to some of our favorite laugh-out-loud songs to make you more heart-healthy. Oh, and did I mention you can purchase them directly from the writers through our website?

Don’t forget, shop therapy is a great chaser after laughing. We won’t dig up the research on that one, but I can guarantee it from personal experience!

Randy Klein
Randy Klein
Matthew Hardy
Matthew Hardy

Everything You Long For

from FLAMBÉ DREAMS
Music: Randy Klein
Lyrics: Matthew Hardy
 

Perfect for: Legit Soprano

Everything You Long For is the big second act show-stopper from Flambé Dreams. The lead character, Joe Christiansen, has failed to reach his goal of becoming a great Maitre d’ in New York City. Gloria, Joe’s pharmacist and love interest, offers some advice – “Why do you have to be a Maitre d’ in New York? If being a Maitre d’ is what you love, then it shouldn’t matter where you do it.”

Inspired by the soaring Rodgers And Hammerstein ballads “Walk On”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “Bali Hai”, this comic ballad sings the praises of New York’s much maligned neighboring state, New Jersey.

For more information, click here.

Kellen & Blair
Kinosian & Blair

Good News, Mrs. Davenport

Music: Joe Kinonsian
Lyrics: Kellen Blair
 

Perfect for: Legit Mezzo

We were asked to donate a song to a charity auction that a theatre was hosting. Long story short, we found ourselves in the position of needing to write a song about someone’s daughter. Stuck for ideas, we asked this little girl what she wanted to be when she grew up and she told us that she wanted to be a doctor’s assistant. We thought she could aim a little higher so we decided to pretend that she wanted to be a doctor. We also remembered her mom saying that she was unrelentingly optimistic. So we asked if we could write them a song about an optimistic doctor. They said yes and we wrote this song. We’re pretty sure they didn’t like it, but we’ve sure had a blast using it at cabarets and such. Enjoy!

For more information, click here.

Rona Siddiqui
Rona Siddiqui

Pass the Aggressive

Music: Rona Siddiqui
Lyrics: Christopher Staskel
 

Perfect for: Broadway Baritone

“Pass the Aggressive” was written as part of William Finn’s lyric-writing masterclass at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. It was in response to the prompt, “Write about having a fight with someone.” …Y’all, I never fight with anyone. So we wrote a song for the severely passive aggressive. Please enjoy. (I mean, only if you want to.) ((Enjoy it, or don’t enjoy it, either one, you know, it’s like, you could go either way.))

For more information, click here.

Jeff Ward, Music & Lyrics
Jeff Ward

She Doesn’t Go Fer Me

from Take One
Music & Lyrics: Jeff Ward
 

Perfect for: Broadway Baritone

Rodger and Hammerstein are out of town with Oklahoma! in 1943, fighting over a song for Jud Fry that opens the second act. Hammerstein believes it wrecks the story line; Rodger loves the song with a hot passion. They’re arguing in the wings when Howard DaSilva steps onstage to perform the song in questions. Take One is a three-partshow about how even the greatest of creative achievements are messier, and more hilarious, that we’ve been lead to believe.

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Will Aronson
Will Aronson
Bill Nelson
Bill Nelson

There Are Rules

Music: Will Aronson
Lyrics: Bill Nelson
 

Perfect for: Belt Mezzo

Bill Nelson started the lyric for “There Are Rules” in the air on an American Airlines flight headed west. He wanted to write some new stand-alone songs, so, without an idea, he looked around and started writing to see what would come. Six months later, on an American Airlines flight headed east, he pulled the lyric out, decided what it was about, and finished it. Will Aronson started with a vamp of “flying music” and spun out the melody from there. While we have a female version of this as well, it was first presented by Claybourne Elder in the William Finn-produced and directed BILL NELSON’S ALL-MALE REVUE. Other songs from that show can be found on Will and Bill’s pages in the Directory.

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