from: Joe Samuel
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Verses

The verse.  The ubiquitous beginning of any song.  Alright, there are songs that start with a chorus, but the verse will always be there, ready to set the scene.  There are so many different structures of verses out there, it can be difficult deciding which would work best in an improvised song.  In comedy, we tend to use the "tagline" verse structure more than any other.  This is where there is a memorable and repeatable line at the beginning or end of all the verses, like "It's been a hard day's night".  This allows the different people in the song to have their own point of view, but to agree on the main theme of the song.
Heather Urquhart and I have just finished a podcast on the subject of verses in comedy improvised song, which I have posted here:
http://www.musicalimprovcomedy.co.uk/podcasts.html
We would be delighted to hear any questions or feedback you might have.

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