Archive for November, 2011

Watch “Occupy Greendale!” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 128: “Out-Regis!”

November 24, 2011

Last Tuesday my Facebook news feed blew up with people commenting on a news story. Occupy Wall Street? The elections? Syria or Egypt? No – the decision by NBC to take “Community” off its schedule. Thus I was inspired for this sketch – and thanks to Wikipedia for filling in the gaps in my “Community” knowledge!

OCCUPY GREENDALE! by Michael Hughes

Starring Grasie Mercedes (Karen), Damien Fahey (Sam), Christopher Biewer (Jack) and Sean Cowhig (Mark)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Watch “TS!W 720: Natalie Wood Investigation” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 128: “Out-Regis!”

November 23, 2011

When the reopening of the investigation of Natalie Wood’s death became such a huge story on Thursday and Friday – after our submission deadline – I had to think fast of a way to address it. Friday morning it hit me – have Matt Moore play Bernardo from “West Side Story.” And later I remembered that “West Side Story” has a very famous song that’s an argument…

TS!W 720: NATALIE WOOD INVESTIGATION by Michael Hughes and Phil Ranta

Starring Matt Moore (Bernardo Nunez) and Phillip Wilburn (Phillip)

Watch “The Brett Ratner Acting School” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 127: “Oops!”

November 20, 2011

When Brett Ratner stepped down from producing next year’s Oscars due to some ill-advised comments, I thought that a scene set in the acting class we had done just the week before would be a good venue. And the real highlight of this sketch was the relationship between Phillip Wilburn’s Byron Shelbyford and Brent Pope’s put-upon Lee.

THE BRETT RATNER ACTING SCHOOL by Michael Hughes

Starring Neil Garguilo (Brett Ratner), Phillip Wilburn (Byron Shelbyford), Brent Pope (Lee), Matt Moore (Peter), Kipleigh Brown (Lori) and Jen Cain (Sarah)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “TS!W 720: “Jack and Jill” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 126: “Keeping Up With the Divorcians”

November 11, 2011

With our head writer Matt Blitz in the cast, and Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” coming out this Friday, it was a no brainer to put Matt in a dress and have him play Jill. My apologies to my friend Andy Goldenberg who’s in the movie.

TS!W 720: “JACK AND JILL” by Michael Hughes

Starring Matt Blitz (Jill Sadelstein) and Phillip Wilburn (Phillip)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Can’t Occupy This” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 126: “Keeping Up with the Divorcians”

November 11, 2011

If you’re a certain age, when you hear “Oakland” your mind goes to “Hammer”. So when I had to think of an angle on the Occupy Oakland incidents last week. . . that’s where my mind went!

CAN’T OCCUPY THIS by Michael Hughes

Starring Derek Reid (MC Hammer), Deanna Russo (Mayor Jean Quan), Brent Pope (Cop),Jen Cain (Tiffany), Tommy Bechtold (Kevin) and Matt Blitz (Glen)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Bossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 125: “Top Scary! Weekly”

November 7, 2011

I’m always telling the cast of “Top Story! Weekly” to be proactive in generating material to showcase themselves. So on the rare occasions when I’m in the cast, I’d be a hypocrite not to take my own advice, right? So with the premiere of Kelsey Grammer’s new show on Starz, “Boss,” I thought I’d have some fun with my competent impersonation of the star of “Frasier.” I’m not mortified with the results, which for me is a win!

BOSSED SALAD AND SCRAMBLED SHOWS by Michael Hughes

Starring Michael Hughes (Kelsey Grammer/Tom Cane), Jim Nieb (Gus Van Sant), Grasie Mercedes (Karen Aldridge/Dr. Ella Harris), Derek Reid (Gary) and Phillip Wilburn (Cliff Clavin/John Ratzenberger)

Directed by Tom Repetto

Watch “Trick or Literally” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 125: “Top Scary! Weekly”!!

November 1, 2011

I always urge the cast members to be proactive in generating material for themselves. For Top Story! Weekly’s Halloween show, Jimmy Guidish did just that – coming to the writers’ meeting, pitching ideas, and asking me to help him write a sketch showcasing one of his signature bits, Joe Biden. I helped a little with structure and formatting, but most of what you see here is Jimmy’s work. He was nervous about how it would turn out, but it played so well in readthrough that we opened the show with it, and as you’ll see the audience loved it. Good job Jimmy!

TRICK OR LITERALLY by Jimmy Guidish and Michael Hughes

Starring Jimmy Guidish (Joe Biden), Michael Hughes (Beau Biden), Grasie Mercedes (Mother),Derek Reid (Vampire Kid), Damien Fahey (Bert), Brent Pope (Ernie), Jen Cain (Teen Girl), Jim Nieb (Teen Boy) and Phillip Wilburn (Charlie Sheen)

Directed by Tom Repetto


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