People are sometimes impressed that I can play piano and sing at the same time. Being that I don’t find it very difficult, I’m not very impressed that I can do that.
I am impressed whenever I consider myself – or anyone else – to be funny in a song. “A Little Priest” – From Sweeny Todd – was the first time, I can recall, where I thought – these are just jokes! One after the other! A song had never made me laugh out loud like that before. I think rhyming while being funny is very impressive.
But even more than that – I think playing an instrument and simply telling jokes is downright genius. The juxtaposition between the structured nature of music and the unexpected nature of joke telling just tickles me.
It might seem easier than the other two above, but the timing for comedy and the timing for music don’t always line up the way you’d want them to, so the fact that these two men do it and do it so well…I’m very impressed.