Archive for May, 2011

Watch Gupta and Lata from “Outsourced” Talk About the New Fall Schedule – with Parvesh Cheena and Sharmila Devar – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 103: “Apocalypse Now?”

May 31, 2011

Top Story! Weekly has more than once gotten people from NBC shows to guest star on a Sunday that happened to fall right after the network cancelled their show. Memorably, Brian Kiley – Conan O’Brien’s head monologue writer – was our special guest two days after the final episode of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”. And this month Parvesh Cheena from “Outsourced” was our guest star the Sunday after NBC announced the show would not be on the new fall schedule. Parv was great – you can watch his sketches on the TS!W website – and incredibly good natured about the show’s cancellation. So much so that he, and his equally awesome co-star Sharmila Devar did this segment – as their characters Gupta and Lata – about the new fall schedule. (And I worked in a little good-natured joke about my friend Jason Ritter.)

GUPTA AND LATA TALK ABOUT THE NEW FALL SCHEDULE by Phillip Wilburn and Michael Hughes

Starring Parvesh Cheena (Gupta), Sharmila Devar (Lata) and Phillip Wilburn (Anchor)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Arnold Schwarzenegger Meets His Illegitimate Son – with Parvesh Cheena from “Outsourced” – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 103: “Apocalypse Now?”

May 26, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a secret love child. Top Story! Weekly has the awesome Parvesh Cheena from “Outsourced.” I have an idea for a sketch with a lot of mirroring…

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON by Michael Hughes

Starring Parvesh Cheena (Joseph Baena), Phillip Wilburn (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Kipleigh Brown (Maria Shriver) and Jen Cain (Patty Baena)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Aaron Schock Poses Shirtless at a Congressional Meeting – From Top Story! Weekly Episode 102: “Consider This…a Separation”

May 18, 2011

What’s that? A Republican Congressman posed shirtless on the cover of Men’s Health, showing off his rock hard abs? During a week when Top Story! Weekly has Matt Moore in the cast? Yeah, I think we might be able to do a sketch about that…

STATE OF SCHOCK by <a href="Michael Hughes

Starring Matt Moore (Aaron Schock), Andy Harris (John Boehner), Kipleigh Brown (Michelle Bachmann), Christopher Biewer (Ben Quayle) Brian Vestal (Scott Brown) and Tommy Bechtold (Barney Frank),

Directed by Michael Hughes

Sealing the Deal – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 101: “Death Is Beautiful” – with Hartley Sawyer!

May 13, 2011

In just a month, Hartley Sawyer has become almost a semi-regular in Top Story! Weekly. He’s super talented and a great guy, so it’s a real pleasure to work with him. And now that we know him, we can write specifically for him. The week Osama bin Laden was killed, I knew I wanted to write a sketch for Hartley about a guy trying to pick up girls at a bar with his buddy, the Navy Seal just back from Abbottabad. And Hartley got to say one of the best final lines I’ve written for a sketch in a long time…

SEALING THE DEAL by Michael Hughes

Starring Hartley Sawyer (Dirk), Tommy Bechtold (Pete), Shannon Ayers (Beth) and Kipleigh Brown (Carrie)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Elton John Interrupts William and Kate’s Honeymoon – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 100: “Kiss Me, Kate!”

May 5, 2011

So the night before the royal wedding, we’re putting the Top Story! Weekly script together. We have two sketches called “The Royal Honeymoon” and we like them both, so we think about doing a runner – but if so, we need a third. Some brainstorming among the head writers and executive producers leads to the idea of Elton John interrupting the couple; song parody ideas are tossed around – and here’s the result, a tribute to the collaborative process of our show.

THE ROYAL HONEYMOON #3 by Kristina Adelmeyer, Matt Blitz, Erich Eilenberger, Michael Hughes and Phillip Wilburn

Starring Hartley Sawyer (Prince William), Shannon Ayers (Kate Middleton), Phillip Wilburn (Elton John) and Erich Eilenberger (Paparazzo)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch Donald Trump Denying Charges That He’s A Racist – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 100: “Kiss Me, Kate!”

May 4, 2011

Neil Garguilo is one of my favorite actors to work with in the world. (In fact, he’s just plain one of my favorite people in the world.) And a guy as talented as Neil gets busy, so he doesn’t have as much time to do Top Story! Weekly as he or I would like. But he was able to do it this past Sunday, so I put together this sketch about Donald Trump’s allegedly racist comments and got to enjoy the magic that he and Phillip Wilburn have on stage together.

Fun fact: this sketch was performed within a half hour of President Obama’s announcement about the death of Osama bin Laden – look for the line at the top that was added to allude to that fact!

SOME OF MY BEST SUPPORTERS ARE…by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Donald Trump) and Neil Garguilo (Craig)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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