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This is us, last year. I'm wearing a disguise - er, costume.
Friday, January 25, 2013

Living my annual fantasy: Writing parody lyrics just like Mad magazine

When I was a kid, my favorite reading was Mad magazine - this is the 60s we're talking about, when it was at its peak. I really liked the parodies of songs, with the lyrics changed to be funny, but still fitting into the tune. I wished I could do that.

So when my son was on his high school's FIRST robotics team, I jumped at the chance to help with a little skit that kids put on before professional comedians in their annual Comedy Night fundraiser. (It's tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Souhegan High School.) Each year I put together a 10-minute-ish skit in which kids read lyrics to songs tweaked to robotics jokes. Nobody sings, because we can't, and we read from scripts because we don't have time to memorize anything rehearse. We know our limits.

This year we used some songs from "The Lion King", including the ever-popula Hakuna Matata, which I changed to suitably geekish Computah Matata:

Computah matata – what a wonderful phrase

Computah matata – ain’t no passing craze

It means no worries, on college resumes

It's our phys.ed.-free philosophy

Computah Matata!

This is why you have kids, so you can relive your Mad-writer-wannabe childhood ...