Posts Tagged ‘2012 election’

Watch “Tossed Elections and Scrambled Thoughts” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 157: “Return of the King!”

November 16, 2012

My effort to write for myself – something I always encourage the actors to do – had its election week inspiration in the fact that we had the right cast to play the celebrity supporters of Mitt Romney. In the show, it followed a very successful porn-themed sketch, so the response wasn’t quite what I wanted – but I hope you enjoy it!!

TOSSED ELECTIONS AND SCRAMBLED THOUGHTS by Michael Hughes

Starring Michael Hughes (Kelsey Grammer), Phillip Wilburn (Donald Trump), Grasie Mercedes (Stacey Dash), Artemis Pebdani (Victoria Jackson) and Blake Walker (Kid Rock)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Game Changer” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 170: “Round One: Mitt”!

October 9, 2012

Watching Obama’s performance in last Wednesday’s debate wasn’t easy for me. But I still had to get comedy out of it. And thinking about how the same Republicans who were abandoning Romney the day before suddenly rallied around him, I thought about what might happened if those closest to Romney let slip how they had felt about his chances.

GAME CHANGER by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Mitt Romney), Kipleigh Brown (Ann Romney), Blake Walker (Paul Ryan) and Jared Nigro (Tagg Romney)

Directed by Artemis Pebdani

Watch “Puerto Rico, Romney Mas Rico” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 142: “Road to the Final Four!”

March 20, 2012

Mitt Romney’s troubles connecting with Southern voters, the Puerto Rico primary falling on the same day as our show, and the fact that two of our cast members of Latin descent were in the cast gave me the inspiration for this look at Mitt’s attempt to be kinda Puerto Rican!

PUERTO RICO, ROMNEY MAS RICO by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Mitt Romney), Tammie Smalls (Gail Gitcho), Neil Garguilo (Carlos) and Matt Moore (St. Patrick) and

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Grill the Candidates: Newt Gingrich” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 136: “Three Amigos”

February 8, 2012

As I mentioned in my last post, our special Super Bowl Sunday episode of Top Story! Weekly had just three actors, so we did a “Grill the Candidates” format, where Mike McLendon and Kipleigh Brown questioned each of the four remaining Republican candidates, all played by Phillip Wilburn. We took question ideas from our writers, then assigned each of the four candidates to a specific writer to write a segment. I did the Gingrich one (although the rules were written by Matt Blitz).

GRILL THE CANDIDATES: NEWT GINGRICH by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Kipleigh), Mike McLendon (Mike) and Phillip Wilburn (Newt Gingrich)

Directed by Phillip Wilburn

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 “The (Mostly) White Album” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 124: “Another One Bites the Dust”

October 30, 2011

That video with Herman Cain singing a parody of John Lennon’s “Imagine” with the lyrics changed to be about pizza(!) got us thinking: how would parodies of Beatles songs by the other Republican candidates sound?

THE (MOSTLY) WHITE ALBUM by Michael Hughes, Matt Manser, Phillip Wilburn and Jacob Harper

Starring Amy Paffrath (Amy), Hartley Sawyer (Hartley), Gregg Lopez (Mitt Romeny), Phillip Wilburn (Rick Perry), Kipleigh Brown (Michele Bachmann), , Tommy Bechtold (Newt Gingrich), Colin Contreary (Rick Santorum) and Derek Reid (Herman Cain)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Photo Finish” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 114: “Anarchy in the UK”

August 17, 2011

Boy, having Michele Bachmann in the presidential race is making things fun! Especially since Kipleigh Brown does such an awesome characterization! Throw in Sean Cowhig’s hilarious Marcus Bachmann, Brian O’Connell as the photographer and that crazy Newsweek cover, and this one was easy to write!

PHOTO FINISH by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Michele Bachmann), Sean Cowhig (Marcus Bachmann) and Brian O’Connell (Chris Buck)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Newt Gingrich Has Advice About Committing Adultery – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 93: “Shock Wave”

March 19, 2011

Yes, Newt Gingrich actually blamed the fact that he cheated on his wife on the fact that he loved America too much. So that proved a perfect topic for comedy with our guest star, Deanna Russo from “Knight Rider!”

FOR LOVE OF…COUNTRY by Michael Hughes

Starring Deanna Russo (Cathy), Sean Cowhig (Ben) and Tommy Bechtold (Newt Gingrich)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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