I\'m struggling a bit these days, trying to come up with a good variety of music to support comedy. Would you people have any examples of good, contemporary comedy soundtrack work? It can be film, but tv would be even better. Oh, and I don\'t mean the quick \'Seinfeld\' transitions - I\'m talking longer cues.
I personally think one of the best Hollywood comedy guys is David Newman. He\'s done some amazing scores for some big Hollywood movies - Scooby Doo, Ice Age, Bedazzled . But the craft in his stuff is top notch. As far as TV, I think your best bet is to look at children\'s cartoons. They\'ve got some cool versatile comedy scoring - Spongebob, The Rugrats, Jimmy Nuetron for more modern, and of course the old cartoons - Tom and Jerry, etc. for the classic stuff. It seems, at least here in the US, that most comedy TV shows aren\'t really \'scored\' in a traditional sense with orchestral stuff. Hope that helps - I\'m sure there are a million other suggestions better than mine......
Thanks for the tips, friends! Another Newman, huh? I sure will check him out. I have to agree about the old cartoons being out of sync with today\'s world. I\'m writing for teenagers, in this case, so it\'s got to be funny and yet hip. And yeah, I\'ll take drama over comedy any day! Not that I\'m complaining, however... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
I just watched Rat Race (John Powell) tonight. It has some good moments, but it suffers from pop-soundtracitus. Still, it\'s a good film for goofy chase music, and there\'s some slide trombone and slippery clarinet drunk music that would work well for some scenes. There\'s also some original music at the end of the credits that bends full orchestal music towards comedy.
And Klezmer music always cracks me up. There\'s probably a ton of good stuff in that genre. Anybody up for a Klezmer Clarinet Collection library???