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Watch Elizabeth Taylor Reunited in Heaven with Richard Burton and Michael Jackson – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 95: “White Diamonds Aren’t Forever”

March 29, 2011

If we had to lose Elizabeth Taylor…at least it was in a week when the Top Story! Weekly cast including the amazing Artemis Pebdani to do her incredible impersonation! When trying to figure out how best to pay comic homage to Dame Elizabeth, the idea of reuniting her in heaven with Richard Burton was appealing. Using her friendship with Michael Jackson as a bridge I fashioned a little mini-“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” with the help of a great rewrite from Phillip Wilburn (who came up with a spot-on Richard Burton impression), and the results were something I think is both respectful and pretty darn funny!

CAT ON A HOT TIN HEAVEN by Michael Hughes

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Elizabeth Taylor), Amy Paffrath (Michael Jackson) and Phillip Wilburn (Richard Burton)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Nicholas D’Agosto and Tom Clark Guest Star in Top Story! Weekly Sunday January 16 at 9 at iO West!!

January 16, 2011

You’ve seen Nicholas D’Agosto in movies like “Election” and “Fired Up” and on TV shows like “Heroes” and “The Office.” You can see him later this year starring in “Final Destination 5” and “From Prada to Nada” and in the new USA Network drama series “Eden.” And this Sunday, January 16 at 9, you can see him on the iO West Mainstage as he guest stars in an brand-new edition of LA’s best news-based sketch comedy show, Top Story! Weekly!

And if that’s not enough, our guest standup this week has appeared on shows like “The Late Late Show,” “Outsourced,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Comedy Central’s Premium Blend” and even “The Closer” – Tom Clark!

So don’t miss Nick, Tom and the rest of the Top Story! Weekly cast in an all-new show – named by CBS 2 in their “Best of Los Angeles” – based as always on the events of the past seven days!

For more information, visit our Facebook page or the iO West website. For tickets, call the box office at (323) 962-7560 or purchase them online!

And for a preview of Sunday night – check out this show Nick has done previously with the cast of Top Story! Weekly!

Watch “A Shore Decision” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 84: “Oh, Captain, My Captain!”

January 11, 2011

A scheduling mixup means that the Barnes and Noble at LA’s Grove has two “great” authors for a book signing at the same time – Snooki and George W. Bush!!

And check out the hilarious interviews (featured on the front page of the Huffington Post comedy section!) that our writer Ross Everett did with fans of Snooki who were at the real book signing!

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A SHORE DECISION by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 84: “Oh, Captain, My Captain!”

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Snooki), Phillip Wilburn (George W. Bush) and Melissa Okey (Pat)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Happy Rock-Aversary” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 72: “O Go, O Go, Emanuel”

October 7, 2010

I broke out all my worst Stone Age puns for this sketch – I’m especially proud of “Mi-Shale Obama” and “Sean Granite-y”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Flintstones,” Fred and Barney welcome a special guest – President Ba-ROCK Obama!

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HAPPY ROCK-AVERSARY by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 72: “O Go, O Go, Emanuel”

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Fred Flintstone), Brian O’Connell (Barney Rubble), Melissa Okey (Wilma Flintstone), Kipleigh Brown (Betty Rubble), Matthew Harris (Ba-Rock Obama), Artemis Pebdani (Ann Margrock), Derek Reid (Singer), Drew Droege (Singer) and Brent Pope (Guest)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “You’re So Two Thousand and Eight” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 69: “Nooooooooooooooooo!”

September 21, 2010

As someone who hopes to put comedy before ideology, I like it when I can take shots at my own side – particularly when my own side includes flighty, trendy voters who hopped on the Obama bandwagon two years ago because it was the cool thing to do.

Two Democratic operatives visit some 2008 Obama supporters to find out the reason for their “enthusiasm gap!”

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YOU’RE SO TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 69: “Nooooooooooooooooo!”

Starring Matthew Harris (Max), Artemis Pebdani (Katelyn), Phillip Wilburn (Bill) and Gregg Lopez (Steve)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “He’s Just That Into You” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 62: “Shirley You Can’t Be Serious”

August 3, 2010

I love writing sketches designed for particular actors in the Top Story! Weekly cast – so when I saw the story about Jennifer Aniston’s stalker Jason Peyton, I knew it would be a great chance to write a sketch for Shannon Ayers’ awesome Aniston impersonation!

Jennifer Aniston may have found a new man – her stalker!

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HE’S JUST THAT INTO YOU by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 62: “Shirley You Can’t Be Serious”

Starring Shannon Ayers (Jennifer Aniston), Matthew Harris (Jason Peyton), Artemis Pebdani (Lawyer), Brent Pope (Judge) and Christopher Biewer (Bailiff)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Supreme Belieber” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 61: “There Will Be True Blood”

July 27, 2010

Any time I can find a reason to write for one of the Top Story! Weekly cast‘s recurring characters it’s fun. When the cast member is Artemis Pebdani and the recurring character is Kim Jong-Il, it’s a blast!

Did you hear about that Internet poll where users voted to have Justin Bieber take his tour to North Korea? Turns out it wasn’t a prank – but a plot by Justin Bieber’s biggest fan – Kim Jong-Il!

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SUPREME BELIEBER by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 61: “There Will Be True Blood”

Starring John Abbott (David Oten), Tammie Smalls (Kelly), Shannon Ayers (Justin Bieber), and Artemis Pebdani (Kim Jong-Il)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “True Blood for Kids” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 61: “There Will Be True Blood”

July 21, 2010

I didn’t write this sketch – but i directed it, and it’s a great one so I’m posting it here so more people can see it. It’s from Sunday night’s Top Story! Weekly, where our special guest was Jim Parrack, who plays Hoyt Fortenberry on HBO’s “True Blood.” To see all of Jim’s sketches, just follow this link.

When Jim Parrack of HBO’s “True Blood” visits a school to talk about his show, he’s surprised to find out he’s not addressing high school students but third graders!

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TRUE BLOOD FOR KIDS by Andrew Payne – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 61: “There Will Be True Blood”

Starring Jim Parrack (Jim), Melissa Okey (Mrs. Hess), Tammie Smalls (Sue), Tommy Bechtold (Andy), Artemis Pebdani (Beth), Shannon Ayers (Wendy), Phillip Wilburn (Eli), Jim Nieb (Paul), Gregg Lopez (Kyle) and John Abbott (Tanner)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “The Crapface of Life” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Oil”

June 23, 2010

The participation of North Korea in the World Cup gave me a chance to write and direct a sketch with Artemis Pebdani’s always-hilarious interpretation of Kim Jong-Il – this time, with his invisible phone!

North Korea’s World Cup team may not have a lot of fans, but they do have their number one superfan – Kim…er, Jim Jong-Il!

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THE CRAPFACE OF LIFE by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 58: “(61) Days of Oil”

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Kim Jong-Il), Sean Cowhig (Joe), Melissa Okey (Tanya) and Matt Moore (Scott)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Open Mic Night” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 57: “Helen of Oy!”

June 23, 2010

After Carly Fiorina’s little misadventure with the open mic, I wrote this sketch for Top Story! Weekly – Melissa Okey did a great job as Carly!

After Carly Fiorina makes a snide remark into an open mic about Barbara Boxer’s hairstyle – she decides to take her act to Fresno’s Chuckle Hut!

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OPEN MIC NIGHT by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 57: “Helen of Oy!”

Starring Melissa Okey (Carly Fiorina), Matthew Harris (Emcee), Brent Pope (Dirk), Artemis Pebdani (Audience Member #1) and Gregg Lopez (Audience Member #2)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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