Brett ‘Leland’ McLaughlin (‘The Other Two’ songwriter) on keeping ‘the lyrics funny’ while not writing ‘a comedic melody’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

When it came to penning the comedic tunes for “The Other Two,” songwriter Brett “Leland” McLaughlin revealed “the trick was to keep the lyric funny” and “not write a comedic melody.” The prolific tunesmith spoke about his work at Gold Derby’s Meet the BTL Experts panel, hosted by managing editor Chris Beachum. The event took place on Tuesday, May 28, at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles. Watch our exclusive video interview with McLaughlin above.

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The freshman Comedy Central series centers on two siblings — a struggling actor (Drew Tarver) and a former dancer (Helene York) — whose younger brother, Chase (Case Walker), becomes an overnight YouTube sensation. McLaughlin provided creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider (both of “Saturday Night Live” fame) with many humorous songs for the show, which “really wasn’t much different from what I normally do when writing pop songs for recording artists.” His work was about “finding the balance” and going to “extremes when it came to genres.”

He spoke at length about the song “My Brother’s Gay,” which came from Chase’s “need to express to his older brother that he is OK with him being gay,” McLaughlin explains. His older sibling “isn’t even necessarily comfortable yet in his sexuality, in his own skin.” So when “he’s walking down the sidewalk and starts to get recognized by people saying ‘You’re gay, you’re gay. And that’s ok!,'” it’s quite a shock.

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McLaughlin earned a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year for his original song “Revelation” from “Boy Erased,” co-written by Troye Sivan and Jon Thor Birgisson. He has also written tunes for “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Atlanta,” and the film “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” for which he composed the score.

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