Archive for January, 2012

Watch “Soul Campaign” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 134: “Not-So-Good Vibrations!”

January 28, 2012

As we finished up our readthrough Thursday night for Top Story! Weekly, we realized we didn’t have a particularly strong political sketch for that week’s show. Then we saw the video from that night of President Obama singing at the Apollo Theater:

And from there, writing the Republican candidates singing their own versions of 70’s soul hits became pretty easy. All the actors really nailed this one.

SOUL CAMPAIGN by Michael Hughes

Starring Matthew Harris (Barack Obama), Brian Vestal (Mitt Romney), Brent Pope (Newt Gingrich), Phillip Wilburn (Rick Perry) and Sean Cowhig (Announcer)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Pardon Me!” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 133: “The Bain of Mitt’s Existence”

January 18, 2012

When I sent this sketch, based on the whole Haley Barbour pardon kerfuffle, in to Top Story! Weekly, I didn’t think much of it, but to my surprise it made the show. And a rewrite by Kristina Adelmeyer made it better. It’s still too long, but a return appearance by Derek Reid’s Rapey Raperson (first seen in this pirate sketch with Parvesh Cheena, which you should check out), made it worthwhile.

PARDON ME by Michael Hughes and Kristina Adelmeyer

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Haley Barbour), Jen Cain (Alice), Sean Cowhig (Warren), Kipleigh Brown (Lucinda), Derek Reid (Rapey Raperson) and Matthew Harris (O.J. Simpson)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Don Jong in Hell” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 132: “Santorum Comes from Behind”

January 11, 2012

Our first show of 2012 was also our first show since the death of Kim Jong-Il. And given that we had our Kim, our Gaddafi, our Diego, and even our Chuck Beanster in the cast, the stars were aligned for the perfect sendoff to our favorite crazy bloodthirsty dictator. Even at 8 and a half minutes, it came out pretty “hilarious”.

DON JONG IN HELL by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Muammar Gaddafi), Tommy Bechtold (Diego), Artemis Pebdani (Kim Jong-Il) and Phil Ranta (Chuck Beanster)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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