This post is intended as supplemental material for the course “Sounds of Laughter: Musical Comedy in the United States”
Note: 2Cellos is a Croatian duo, not from the U.S., but adapt US/UK music in their work.
Recently, I’ve been seeing the YouTube video posted a lot of different places:
In Week 1, the course explores the concept of “incongruity” – creating a sense of anticipation and defying those expectations, often for comedic effect. This performance effectively demonstrates incongruous musical humor by juxtaposing classical-era dress, setting, and audiences with the rowdy humor of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” (1991).
AC/DC, “Thunderstruck” (1991) (YouTube)