Comedic Songwriting

Every comedic medium benefits from variety, and music helps add that variety. Whether a student is interested in becoming a full-fledged musical comedian, or just wants to add a song to their stand-up routine, Comedic Songwriting is a good way to learn how to do that.

Comedic Songwriting is for students who want to bring music into the form of comedy they perform or are interested in, like sketch or stand-up. It’s also for songwriters who want to learn how to be funny songwriters. The class is both for people who can play instruments and write music and for those who are only interested in writing lyrics.

Students tackle different sketch song forms that are use at The Second City, as well as learn the basics of melody, rhyme, and song structure. The class is specifically tailored to give feedback to any student regardless of their skill level — instructors can provide feedback to students who are experienced musicians or students who just need feedback for lyrics.

Students learn basic song structure, point of view and rhyme. In-class exercises include speed-writing songs, giving and receiving feedback on songs students have written outside of class, and collaborating with each other to write new songs.

Comedic Songwriting meets once a week for three hours over four weeks. No previous comedy songwriting experience or playing a musical instrument is needed. If students play an instrument, they can bring it with them to class. A piano is provided.

This workshop is not offered every term. If you would like to be informed when it becomes available, please click here.

An Online Intro to Comedic Songwriting course is also available!

Comedic Songwriting