Archive for June, 2010

Watch “World Cup’s Balls” with Matthew Gray Gubler from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Summer”

June 23, 2010

Okay, I didn’t write this sketch – Matt Blitz did – but I’m posting it on my blog for three reasons: it features our guest star from this past Sunday, Matthew Gray Gubler aka Dr. Spencer Reid from CBS’ “Criminal Minds;” it’s about the USA in the World Cup, which is super timely this morning; and it’s hilarious. Sometimes there’s nothing funnier than watching a guy get kicked in his junk.

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WORLD CUP’S BALLS by Matt Blitz – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Oil”

Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Gary), Sean Cowhig (Lester), Derek Reid (Simon) and Rachael Drummond (Bartender)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Watch “To iO West and Beyond!” with Matthew Gray Gubler from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Summer”

June 23, 2010

Matthew Gray Gubler – Dr. Spencer Reid from CBS’ “Criminal Minds” – guest starred in Top Story! Weekly Sunday and could not have been nicer – or funnier! Here’s the opening sketch from that show – based upon a comment that Gregg Lopez made over a year ago when we were picking names for the show, about the likelihood that someone might confuse our show’s name with the name of a certain Pixar franchise whose latest installment opened this past weekend!

A misreading of a title brings an excited couple to iO West for what they think is a showing of “Toy Story 3!”

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TO iO WEST AND BEYOND by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Oil”

Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Sam), Kipleigh Brown (Jennifer), Rachael Drummond (Michaela) and Phillip Wilburn (John Ratzenberger)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “The Crapface of Life” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Oil”

June 23, 2010

The participation of North Korea in the World Cup gave me a chance to write and direct a sketch with Artemis Pebdani’s always-hilarious interpretation of Kim Jong-Il – this time, with his invisible phone!

North Korea’s World Cup team may not have a lot of fans, but they do have their number one superfan – Kim…er, Jim Jong-Il!

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THE CRAPFACE OF LIFE by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Oil”

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Kim Jong-Il), Sean Cowhig (Joe), Melissa Okey (Tanya) and Matt Moore (Scott)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Open Mic Night” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 57: “Helen of Oy!”

June 23, 2010

After Carly Fiorina’s little misadventure with the open mic, I wrote this sketch for Top Story! Weekly – Melissa Okey did a great job as Carly!

After Carly Fiorina makes a snide remark into an open mic about Barbara Boxer’s hairstyle – she decides to take her act to Fresno’s Chuckle Hut!

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OPEN MIC NIGHT by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 57: “Helen of Oy!”

Starring Melissa Okey (Carly Fiorina), Matthew Harris (Emcee), Brent Pope (Dirk), Artemis Pebdani (Audience Member #1) and Gregg Lopez (Audience Member #2)

Directed by Michael Hughes

The Top Story! Weekly Cast with Matthew Gray Gubler!!

June 21, 2010

Here’s the Top Story! Weekly cast with Matthew Gray Gubler on the iO West Mainstage right after rehearsal on June 20, 2010 – Matthew and Emo Philips did the show that night! Videos of the sketches from the show will be up in the next few days – check out our website or our YouTube page!!

Left to right: Rachael Drummond, Melissa Okey, Derek Reid, Matt Moore, Mike Hughes, Brent Pope, Kipleigh Brown, Matthew Gray Gubler, Artemis Pebdani, Sean Cowhig and Phillip Wilburn

Matthew Gray Gubler and Emo Philips in Top Story! Weekly! Sunday June 20 9pm iO West!!

June 19, 2010

This Sunday night, June 20, at 9 at iO West, two very special guests join Top Story! Weekly! In the cast that night will be Matthew Gray Gubler, who plays Dr. Spencer Reid on CBS’s hit drama “Criminal Minds” and who co-starred in the biggest indie hit of last summer, “(500) Days of Summer!”

And our guest standup will be our good friend, the one and only Emo Philips!!

You won’t want to miss this very special edition of Top Story! Weekly – if you want to buy your tickets in advance, you can do so here.

See you Sunday!

(I’m directing this and would love to see you there!)

Watch “Thank You for Being in Heaven” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 56: “An Inconvenient Split”

June 12, 2010

The sad loss of Rue McClanahan gave us at Top Story! Weekly a chance to pay tribute with a “Golden Girls” parody. Unfortunately some really funny lines got lost when actors went up, but it’s still pretty funny.

Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak and Sophia Petrillo get a wonderful surprise in the afterlife, when Blanche Devereaux arrives!

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THANK YOU FOR BEING IN HEAVEN by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 56: “An Inconvenient Split”

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Sophia Petrillo/Estelle Getty), Phillip Wilburn (Dorothy Zbornak/Bea Arthur), Melissa Okey (Blanche Devereaux/Rue McClanahan), and Matt Moore (St. Peter)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Party Girl” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 54: “Lost in Translation”

June 2, 2010

Artemis Pebdani’s Elena Kagan is so hilarious that when news broke of her senior thesis being about socialism I couldn’t resist the chance to have some fun with a collegiate flashback.

As a freshman at Princeton in 1977, there’s two things that Elena Kagan loved – socialism, and partying down!

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PARTY GIRL by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 54: “Lost in Translation”

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Elena Kagan), Kipleigh Brown (Kathy), Matt Manser (Steve) and Matthew Harris (Dirk)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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