Mathematics professor, Dr. Lewis M. Branscomb shares with an audience of colleagues a number of comic songs he had performed, as a Harvard graduate student, in “The Physical Review,” during the last elementary physics class at Harvard, along with others. One of the selections performed in the review had been Tom Lehrer’s “The Professor’s Song,” sung to the tune of Gama’s song, “I Can’t Think Why,” from Act I of Princess Ida.
For this performance, Dr. Branscomb says that he’s altered some of the words to make the song about mathematics rather than physics. The opening line is, “If you give me your attention, I will tell you what I am; I’m a brilliant mathematician, also something of a ham.”
The song appears in the middle of a longer set of songs, beginning at the 4:40 mark and ending at the 7:05 mark.
The 2004 Disney film, Mickey Donald Goofy: The Three Musketeers, was an animated adaptation of Alexandre Dumas novel, The Three Musketeers. The film was a musical comedy which included parodied version of famous pieces, including works by Strauss, Offenbach, Grieg and Bizet, as well as Sullivan. The L’Opera portion of the film featured four songs from The Pirates of Penzance and part of the overture to Princess Ida.