• David Dabbon

VARIETY: ‘Watchmen,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Euphoria’ Tunesmiths on Defining Character Through Songs

By Jon Burlingame


Last Week Tonight With John Oliver


In November, the comedian closed the book on a failed libel lawsuit by coal magnate Robert Murray with what may be the most outrageous musical stunt in TV history: “Eat Shit, Bob,” a funny, profane, five-minute production number that begins in the studio, features a barbershop quartet of giant squirrels and ends with 50 dancers in Times Square. The challenge, says composer David Dabbon, was “figuring out the best way to make the material work in that outrageous way. With a comedy song, the rhythm of how the text is heard is really important — keeping it light and positive and still speaking such truth at the same time.”

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