How making music for a comedy is totally different than making it for a drama - and the surprising similarities

Business Insider | Aug 12, 2017, 07.30PM IST

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The 90s are so hot right now, and the creators of "Wet Hot American Summer" took advantage of that with "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later," which made its debut on Netflix last week.

"10 Years Later" takes place in 1991, while the original 2001 film, and the first Netflix series "First Day at Camp," take place in 1981.

While the absurd spirit of the out-there comedy remains in "10 Years Later," its 90s setting changed some things, from the hair to the fashion to the music.

Creating a soundtrack that mirrors and makes fun of the best (and worst) of the 90s grunge scene was quite a challenge.

Business Insider recently spoke to Matt Novack, one of the composers, about the challenges of composing comedy, and parodying the music of a nostalgic decade.

Here's what it's like to compose comedy, especially one like "Wet Hot," that is so outside the norm:

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