What was your first show?
The first show I worked on was KML: Pop! in 2003. The first show I saw was “Circus of Failure.” God that was a good show. The way the stage fell apart to create the actual stage during the opening sketch was a delight!.
What was your last show or are you still with the group?
I still kick it with the group. I’ll be doing music for the November Apocalypse-themed show (KML Does Not Fear The End)! And the last show I worked on was the Conquers the Galaxy show in 2011.
What You Do/Did For the Group
I was Musical Director for the last show I worked on, and for the next show as well. And I’ve played in the band in shows before, and I’ve written music for a wide variety of KML videos. Oh and for a brief while I was the go-to “end of show song and dance number” writer guy. And I wrote 2 sketches that actually got put into shows – in the Sports themed show many years ago, and also in the “Nothing Is Original” show – where I wrote the boy scout sketch which led into the closing song and dance number – and you can hear the song by sauntering over to one of my web sites over yonder: http://www.davidsophia.com/kml_original.shtml
Favorite Line in a Sketch (name the show too)
“… On the side!” (from the Walks This Way show). Or maybe a close second, “I am the red-nosed reindeer!” (sung in the style of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – by Becky Stark, now of Lavender Diamond fame! Good gracious that woman has gone on to impressive things)… also from the KML Walks This Way show.
Favorite Memory/Moment from your time with KML (onstage or off)
Hard to say. I was thrilled to get to hit a bunch of pots and pans and circular saw blades with xylophone mallets as the musical director for the Wonderful World of Science show at the Victoria Theater in 2005 or so… that was super fun… though that theater also got broken into during the show’s run and my 1977 Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar got stolen, which rather sucked… Oh, but meeting Robin Williams backstage before and after the 2012 Sketch Fest performance was also amazing! That was definitely a high point.
How has KML turned your life around?
I really love writing music for video/film, and so KML has given me opportunities to keep doing this kind of work through the years! And it’s super fun to play in the band and write song and dance intros and outros and such. I am a firm proponent of the song and dance intro and outro. “Gotta Dance!” as Gene Kelly said. Also, I have a bunch of projects I’m working on that I would never have gotten to without having been a part of KML – hopefully at least one will actually get done, but still, the process has been fascinating. All the processes, really. And beyond that, I got to make the music for the “Oakland” video, which continues to offend East Bay residents to this day. (Full disclosure: I, myself, am an East Bay resident.)