Posts Tagged ‘Brent Pope’

Watch “Rosemary Lehmberg Explains Rick Perry’s Indictment” From Top Story! Weekly Episode 262: “Perry Deep Trouble”

August 22, 2014

News of Rick Perry’s indictment broke on Friday, after the script for that Sunday’s Top Story! Weekly was locked. And we didn’t really have anyone in the cast to play Rick Perry. But when I saw that Perry’s troubles arose out of the drunk driving arrest of a political rival, I realized that was the way to hit the story. I churned this out in about 40 minutes, and Stacy Rumaker did an absolutely awesome job as the drunk D.A. explaining the case. And at the end is our tribute to Robin Williams who had passed away the preceding Monday.

ROSEMARY LEHMBERG EXPLAINS RICK PERRY’S INDICTMENT by Michael Hughes

Starring Stacy Rumaker (Rosemary Lehmberg), Matthew Harris (Matt) and Brent Pope (Brent)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

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Watch “TS!W 720: Herb Koss’ 80th Birthday from Top Story! Weekly Episode 240: “Crimea River”!

March 13, 2014

Hey! It’s been a while! But when our show’s most loyal fan, Herb Koss, celebrated his 80th birthday a few days before our March 9th show I knew we had to do something to address it. Brian Vestal does an absolutely amazing characterization of Herb here – even if you don’t know him, you’ll really enjoy it!!

TS!W 720: HERB KOSS’ 80TH BIRTHDAY by Michael Hughes

Starring Brian Vestal (Herb Koss) and Phillip Wilburn (Phillip)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Downton Romney” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 158: “You’re So Bain!”

July 17, 2012

I had wanted for a while to do a “Downton Abbey” parody with Mitt Romney, but I hadn’t been able to figure out an angle. But when I read about the incredibly elitist and out-of-town comments his supporters made outside his Hamptons fundraisers, I knew I had it. And when the Bain Capital allegations blew up over the past few days, the sketch provided a means to address those stories as well. I was happy about a lot with this sketch – especially the audience’s instant recognition of the “smoking and plotting” O’Brien and Thomas.

DOWNTON ROMNEY by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Mitt Romney), Tommy Bechtold (John Bates), Kipleigh Brown (Sarah O’Brien), Derek Reid (Thomas Barrow) and Jen Cain (Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Rock of Middle Ages” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 155: “Sports, Sports, Sports, Sports”

June 23, 2012

The premiere of “Rock of Ages” let us have some fun with the idea of Tom Cruise, rock star – and more fun with some other things about Tom!

ROCK OF MIDDLE AGES by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Tom Cruise), Deanna Russo (Katie Holmes), Sean Cowhig (Producer) and Brent Pope (Flelix)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Top Story! Weekly’s Guide to the 10th Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival!!

June 2, 2012

This Sunday, June 3rd, is the first night of the 10th Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival at iO West! Top Story! Weekly is very excited to be taking part – we’ve put together a special show at a special time – Sunday June 3 at 10 (right after the Mad TV Reunion!). And joining us is one of the top comics in America – Bill Burr!!

Tickets are just $10, so make sure you get them now!! Not only will you see an awesome show, but you’ll help a great cause – part of the proceeds will go to the Chris Farley House, a residential sober living facility.

The festival runs from Sunday, June 3 till Saturday, June 9, with amazing shows and workshops every night. The cast of Top Story! Weekly will be hosting all week. And we’ll also be performing in other shows, and teaching workshops that you shouldn’t miss. Check them out after the jump:

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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 “A Supreme Re-Entry” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 146: “They Picked Mitt (Sort of)”

April 20, 2012

Wait – so you’re telling me that North Korea launched a rocket that fell into the sea? And that both Artemis Pebdani and Brent Pope are in the cast to play Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un? Yeah, I think I might be able to write something on that….

A SUPREME RE-ENTRY by Michael Hughes

Starring Brent Pope (Kim Jong-Un) and Artemis Pebdani (Kim Jong-IL)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “TS!W 720: Al Gore Responds to Keith Olbermann” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 144: “Stop! In the Name of Health Care!”

April 4, 2012

Keith Olbermann’s firing from Current TV broke late on Friday – after we’d already picked the sketches for this week’s show, but early enough that I could get in a desk piece with Phillip Wilburn doing his great Al Gore characterization offering his side of the story!

TS!W 720: AL GORE RESPONDS TO KEITH OLBERMANN by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Al Gore) and Brent Pope (Manny)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Double Merger, Triple Threat” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 144: “Stop! In the Name of Health Care!”

April 3, 2012

Since the results of the SAG/AFTRA merger were being announced on Friday – after our submission deadline, I had to think of a way to write a sketch that wasn’t dependent on the results (even though the fact that they were announcing them in a press conference was a pretty good sign that the merger was going to go through). So I thought about the lengths to which actors go to get a break…and this comic look emerged.

DOUBLE MERGER, TRIPLE THREAT by Michael Hughes

Starring Jen Cain (Roberta Reardon), Brent Pope (Ken Howard), Marco Ragozzino (Kyle Drake Foster) and Mitchel Baldwin (Audience Member)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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