Have a seat with Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman
Today marks the release of Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman’s collaborative musical comedy effort, Please Be Seated. It’s an album full of funny songs the duo thought about releasing ever since they met back in 2005 and started writing songs together in 2007.
Their solo careers and trajectories have pushed the comedians in different directions the last few years but the stars aligned this past December when the duo got together and recorded the album in front of a live audience over the course of a few evenings in New England.
Myq and Micah draw on a wide range of musical and comedic inspiration; citing musical acts such as They Might Be Giants and Ani DiFranco as some of their favorites. But it’s really their lack of influence that they see as most crucial. “I don’t think of myself as having explicit influences that I look to like, ‘oh I want to be like them,’” says Myq. “As human beings, we all take in the things we enjoy from what’s around us, or the things we don’t enjoy – and try to avoid those.”
The music is cheery, but the lyrics are biting. In “Dr. Song Song,” they give a not-so-uplifting guide to coping with depression. “Comedian’s National Anthem,” takes a harsh shot at comedy clichés to the tune of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Today, the pair just released a live action video for “Bop 25” which is their attempt to make a hit record/radio smash hits. Putting together the perfect blend of a catchy hook, socially conscious lyrics, and just the right amount of auto-tune. I think we have a winner here.
The pair will hold a record release show for the album this Friday (Sept 28th) in LA. Myq will also launch his new weekly podcast Hang Out With Me on September 30th.