Welcome! The purpose of this thread is to talk about all things related to the wonderful world of musical theatre. Each week (or so) I will post a thread with a topic/question for everyone to respond to. This is also a great place to mention any new musicals you’ve discovered and/or general recommendations for other musical fans. Heard/seen any good shows lately? Have any theatre news to share? Tell us about it!
This is the 50th Musicals Thread! Can you believe it?! It’s a little hard for me to believe that I’ve managed to keep this going for this long, and I want to express my gratitude for all of the comments this thread has received over the past year and a half. You are all the best! One of my favorite things is chatting with other people who like a thing that I like. It’s always a delight to see musicals receiving some well-deserved love. Which is, kind of, the subject for this week’s discussion topic: loving parodies.
What does that mean? Well, I tend to think that a great parody comes from a place of love. Which brings me to Comedy Bang! Bang! You may have noticed that I tend towards the overly sincere. Because of this, when my husband first tried to convince me that a joke about musicals could be, well, funny, I wasn’t convinced. I used to be pretty sensitive about people making jokes about things I like (I blame high school), so I didn’t realize that sometimes these jokes might come from a place of love. I learned this from Comedy Bang! Bang! (the show and the podcast, but I’ll be focusing on the show for the most part today).
Alright, let’s focus this post. If you’ve never heard of Comedy Bang! Bang! it’s a comedy podcast, and it was also a TV show for a while (you can watch it on Netflix). My husband worships the religion of Comedy Bang! Bang! so I’ve heard/seen many, many, many episodes of both the podcast and the show. In the beginning I was…not amused. I started to warm up to the podcast over time, but it wasn’t until I heard Paul F. Tompkins’s hilariously perfect Andrew Lloyd Webber character that I really started paying attention. Then I heard Scott Aukerman and Ben Schwartz lovingly sing “Suddenly Seymour”. And once I started paying attention to the podcast I started paying attention to the show. And finally, when I was ready, my husband showed me Comedy Bang! Bang! season 2, episode 10. It’s a musical episode. And I love every second of it. There are several parody songs featuring loving references to Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera and very, very funny jokes about some less-than-stellar musical ventures. This is when I realized, “Hey, these people really love musicals. They are having a blast doing this!” Now for some videos to prove it!
First, watch Casey Wilson sing “I Snacked a Snack” with so much emotion that you won’t be sure if you should laugh or cry. This is my favorite moment from the episode I mentioned above, but I honestly recommend watching the whole thing because every song is hilarious and wonderful.
From another episode, here’s Andrew Lloyd Webber showing that he can turn his musicals into raps.
Another perfect love letter to musicals can be found in the Halloween episode from season 4 (again, I genuinely recommend watching the whole episode).
And finally, if you’re still with me and want to hear Scott Aukerman and Ben Schwartz (featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda) lovingly sing a myriad of musicals listen to this.
So, all of this is to say, I love musicals, and I love people who love musicals. And this is how I learned to joke about musicals. What a journey.
But what about you? Are there any musical parodies that you enjoy? Are you fan of the musical-inspired Comedy Bang! Bang! episodes?