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Comedic Songwriting - Starts 05/07/14 (Two weeks)

Comedic Songwriting

A 2-week workshop.

Choruses, taglines and bridges, oh my. In just 2 jam-packed weeks, we'll explore the ins and outs of writing funny songs. ImprovBoston Artistic Director and former Second City music director Mike Descoteaux breaks comedic songwriting down into easy-to-use concepts guaranteeing success for students of every experience level.  From the craft of rhyming to developing comedic angles to exploring the relationship between characters and music, this intensive study will get participants' pens going and rhythm flowing. Previous musical experience is welcome but by no means necessary for this course.

Pre-requisite: None



$99 per person. Maximum: 12 students

Day/Time: Sunday 11AM-1PM

Class Dates: May 7 and 14

Class Location: Room #6 at 620 Mass Ave.

Instructor: Mike Descoteaux

*This workshop does not have a Student Showcase.


Mike Decoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City Etc stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, BLANK! The Musical Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike leads workshops in music improv around the world.


  1. Sunday, May 7, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. Sunday, May 14, 2017, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Student Showcase Show:
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Location: 620 Massachusetts Ave.

Mike Descoteaux

Mike Descoteaux is the full time Artistic Director of ImprovBoston and former director of ImprovBoston's National Touring Company and Family Show. For over a decade, Mike has taught, directed, and facilitated workshops in improvisation, sketch, musical improv and comedic songwriting around the world. He created and led the celebrated Music Program at The Second City in Chicago, which includes a 6-term musical improvisation conservatory, songwriting courses, master classes, and over 60 musical workshops per term. In addition, he regularly taught in their improv and writing programs which serve over 2,000 students 6 terms per year. Mike has taught at Columbia College and as a guest artist at Northwestern University. He has created and led workshops for iO (formerly Improv Olypmic), The Chicago Improv Festival, the Magnet Theater, Sarasota Improv Fest, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Colorado Improv Fest, The Playground, Norwegian Cruise Line, Chicago Sketchfest, Northwestern University’s NHSI, and numerous other schools, theatre companies, and corporations. He has taught the creative process and varied applications of improvisation to thousands of kids, teens, and adults across the country, from anti-bullying workshops to creative problem solving intensives with Fortune 500 companies. For a full bio, please click here

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Tuition: $99.00

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