Archive for May, 2012

Watch “Hummer Nights” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 150: “Obama Comes Out”!!!

May 16, 2012

When the story of John Travolta being accused of sexually harassing masseurs broke, Matt Manser suggested a he said/he said song parody would be in order. And since probably the most famous song from “Grease” fit the bill, I went to work. There’s a couple of line flubs, but there’s some stuff I’m really proud of – especially the perfect scan of “John Travolta” to “Summer Lovin'” in the opening lines, and the “Look Who’s Talking” reference.

HUMMER NIGHTS by Michael Hughes

Starring Brent Pope (Okorie Okorocha), Gregg Lopez (Masseur #1), Tillery Johnson (Masseur #2), Phillip Wilburn (John Travolta), Blake Walker (Man #1), Josh Rachford (Man #2) Kipleigh Brown (Woman #1), Deanna Russo (Woman #2), Jen Cain (Crowd) and Tammie Smalls (Crowd)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Party at George’s” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 150: “Obama Comes Out”

May 15, 2012

We needed another sketch for our show this week, one with a lot of good parts for the ladies, so I threw together this piece about George Clooney’s fundraiser for President Obama that gave the cast a chance to show off their impersonations.

PARTY AT GEORGE’S by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Karen Blutcher), Jen Cain (Beth Topinka), Gregg Lopez (George Clooney), Brent Pope (Danny DeVito), Blake Walker (Keith Olbermann), Phillip Wilburn (Al Gore), Tammie Smalls (Wanda Sykes), Deanna Russo (Kristen Stewart), Josh Rachford (Robert Pattinson) and Tillery Johnson (Justin Bieber)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Octocare” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 149: “Like a Lemon to a Lime, a Lime to a Lemon”

May 9, 2012

So the Octomom is doing porn. And Artemis Pebdani is in the cast so she can reprise her great characterization of Nadya Suleman. But you don’t want to make a cast member do anything tawdry. The solution? Have the Octomom take a job where she can show off her “stellar” child care skills!

I’m also really proud of the way we addressed the passing of Adam Yauch in this week’s show. Rather than do a sketch on it (not really feasible since the news broke after our submission deadline) or do a joke (which seemed inappropriate), all of our interstitial music in the show was by the Beastie Boys. I even used the opening bars of “Sabotage” to open the show in place of our usual opening. And what better way to pay tribute to a great musician, than with his music?

OCTOCARE by Michael Hughes

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Nadya Suleman), Josh Rachford (Ross), Julia Wackenheim (Samantha) and Tommy O’Rourke (Jack)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “PBS Girls” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 148: “The Four- (Or Eight-)Year Engagement!!!

May 5, 2012

With all the controversy over HBO’s “Girls” I thought it would be timely to do an alternate version that might air on another network – and PBS seemed the most appropriate home for a show contrasting a refined appearance with a more earthy subject matter!

PBS GIRLS by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Gwendolyn), Jen Cain (Athena), Shannon Ayers (Honora) and Gregg Lopez (Announcer)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “TS!W 720: Jennifer Aniston’s Summer Movie Preview” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 148: “The Four- (or Eight-) Year Engagement”!!

May 1, 2012

Shannon Ayers’ last show as a member of the Top Story! Weekly cast gave me one last chance to write a sketch to showcase her great Jennifer Aniston impression!!

TS!W 720: JENNIFER ANISTON’S SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW by Michael Hughes

Starring Shannon Ayers (Jennifer Aniston) and Phillip Wilburn (Anchor)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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