Since The Poptimists is essentially a musical revue, most of the humor comes from the songs themselves, the performances of the songs, and their staging.

Without hearing the musical jokes or seeing the staging of each number, it might be difficult to understand most of the humor from just the lyrics, so here's a brief description for each of the songs to give you a better idea of what their intention is within the show.


WE'RE THE POPTIMISTS - Everyone
A typical big show biz opening for an industrial show.  The audience will get an idea of the frightening upbeat energy of the cast.  Of course there's a roll call (with one cast member almost being left out completely).


BOY CRAZY! - Stacy & Girls
Pretty much what it sounds like.  A perky little number reminiscent in style of "Calendar Girl" by Neil Sedaka.  But not only is STACY boy crazy, she seems to really like boys a bit more than the innocent sound of the song might suggest.

I JUST CAN'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW! - Michael
The happy-go-lucky nerd of the show sings an upbeat soft shoe about how amazing science is now, and where it might be headed in the future.

THE MATH OF LIFE - Kim
Supposedly written by KIM herself, she tells how simple math functions can help enhance life.  But as her math terminology gets more and more complex, the cast is left further and further behind-mentally.

GETTIN' DOWN, GETTIN' UP - Wanda
A funky number about taking charge of your own future. The black female cast member lets loose after all the somewhat square numbers which have come before them.

I'M COMIN' HOME - Andy
The comedian of the group, ANDY sings a "Jim Croce" like guitar folk song about hitting the road -- and what he finds there ... sort of.

THE POWER OF TODAY - Everyone
The out-and-out commercial for the show's sponsor DynoSunCo.  We think it's all about solar power, but it turns into a love song to nuclear power (which the cast members pronounce "nu-cyuh-lar".)

HIGHER THAN THE SKY - Derek & Julie
At first it seems like a power ballad about meeting a love for the first time.  But just in case the audience doesn't catch on to the actual meaning, it's given away right before the last note as the duo takes a final breath --through their lips.

WALKIN' UP THE MOUNTAIN - Wanda, Billy & Cast
A good old gospel song, raucous and hand clapping --although most of the cast members insist on clapping on beats 1 and 3.  Also, the soloists each sing themselves into a corner, and find funny ways out.


REACHING PAST THE MOON - Stacy
STACY sings about how dreams can come true, and maybe even if you have to do it yourself, but it'd be easier marrying a rich guy.  Also, musically, this has a few stumbling blocks as well.

JOINING HANDS - Julie & Cast
The "feel good" song with (hopefully) audience participation, as JULIE-the peacenik-tries to show everyone how peace can be achieved by first joining hands together. Good luck with that, JULIE.

IT'S BUENO! - Mimi & Derek
Yes, it's a trip down Mexico way, mixing English and some actual Spanish words, too!  Add in a quick little dance between MIMI and DEREK, and you have the essence of this America-centric song.

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS - Boys
Now it's the guys' turn -- to turn on their clean cut macho charm and sing about being the most popular guys at school. And why those kind of guys aren't always as cool as they want you to think they are

NOT SO DIFF'RENT - Everyone
A tribute to the equality of everyone on Earth.  Of course by the end of the song, the white kids are on one side of the stage, and the other kids are on the opposite side.  Will anyone notice?

THE RED, WHITE AND BLUES - Everyone
A star-spangled mangling of American history that would make John Philip Sousa cry -- but not in a good way.  If the audience doesn't start clapping in the middle of the first verse, they're obviously Communists.

FINALE - WE'RE THE POPTIMISTS - Everyone
Time to say goodbye, with one last plug for DynoSunCo.