Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Biewer’

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

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Watch “Occupy Greendale!” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 128: “Out-Regis!”

November 24, 2011

Last Tuesday my Facebook news feed blew up with people commenting on a news story. Occupy Wall Street? The elections? Syria or Egypt? No – the decision by NBC to take “Community” off its schedule. Thus I was inspired for this sketch – and thanks to Wikipedia for filling in the gaps in my “Community” knowledge!

OCCUPY GREENDALE! by Michael Hughes

Starring Grasie Mercedes (Karen), Damien Fahey (Sam), Christopher Biewer (Jack) and Sean Cowhig (Mark)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Nothing to iSee Here” From Top Story! Weekly Episode 122: “Good-Night, Sweet Nerd”

October 14, 2011

Trying to figure out how to get comedy out of last week’s big story – the death of Steve Jobs – it dawned on me that the way to approach it would be to focus on what happened at Apple the day before: the underwhelming launch of the new iPhone 4S. The audience reaction isn’t huge in this video – it was the opening sketch, and I think they were warming up – but I think it’s a pretty solid effort. After all, references to hoverboards are always funny.

NOTHING TO iSEE HERE by Michael Hughes

Starring Christopher Biewer (Tim Cook), Brian Vestal (Phil Schiller), Phillip Wilburn (Reporter #1), John Abbott (Reporter #2) and Kipleigh Brown (Reporter #3)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Corporations Are People Too!” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 114: “Anarchy in the UK”

August 20, 2011

So this came out good…Mitt Romney’s “Corporations are people, my friend” gaffe was too good a gaffe to pass up without tackling a comedy sketch on the subject. In a lot of ways it’s a showcase for the actual beliefs of Brian O’Connell, as the words Sammy says are all pretty much things I’ve heard BOC actually says. He’s fantastic in this, as is Christopher Biewer, calibrating his performance between a precise impersonation of Mitt Romney and a concept of what Mitt Romney would be like as a kids’ show host. And don’t overlook the stellar work of Matt Moore and Rebecca Stevens as the other kids in the house. I’m very happy with this one.

CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE TOO! by Michael Hughes

Starring Christopher Biewer (Mitt Romney), Brian O’Connell (Sammy), Matt Moore (Petey), Rebecca Stevens (Katie) and Artemis Pebdani (Announcer)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Moneygall for Nothing” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 104: “Rehab Has Them Now”

June 1, 2011

So after I wrote this sketch, I realized it had the same basic construct as the “Schwarzenegger meets his illegitimate son” sketch I wrote last week: a politician’s mannerisms, speaking patterns and tropes are mirrored unexpectedly by someone related to him. But the sketch came out well, and the audience dug it, and I don’t think most of them were at last week’s show anyway. Plus, I wrote a sketch about Ireland that wasn’t about drinking and potatoes and sexual frustration.

MONEYGALL FOR NOTHING by Michael Hughes

Starring Matthew Harris (Barack Obama), Sean Cowhig (Enda Kenny), Phillip Wilburn (Henry Healy), Kipleigh Brown (Colleen), Tommy Bechtold (Seamus) and Christopher Biewer (Ollie Hayes)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Aaron Schock Poses Shirtless at a Congressional Meeting – From Top Story! Weekly Episode 102: “Consider This…a Separation”

May 18, 2011

What’s that? A Republican Congressman posed shirtless on the cover of Men’s Health, showing off his rock hard abs? During a week when Top Story! Weekly has Matt Moore in the cast? Yeah, I think we might be able to do a sketch about that…

STATE OF SCHOCK by <a href="Michael Hughes

Starring Matt Moore (Aaron Schock), Andy Harris (John Boehner), Kipleigh Brown (Michelle Bachmann), Christopher Biewer (Ben Quayle) Brian Vestal (Scott Brown) and Tommy Bechtold (Barney Frank),

Directed by Michael Hughes

Celebrity Public Service Announcements to Help Japan After the Earthquake and Tsunami – from Top Story Weekly Episode 93: “Shock Wave” – with special guest Deanna Russo!

March 21, 2011

Let’s say you run a comedy show based on the news. Right after you read all the sketches submitted for the week and you’re putting together a running order, you learn about a huge tragedy striking. It’s a big story – you can’t ignore it. But you have to be funny without being disrespectful. What do you do?

If you’re me, and you’re trying to address the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you ask your friends Matt Blitz and Phillip Wilburn to help write a sketch that uses the event to make fun of celebrities who are deserving of the ridicule. All in all, it turned out pretty well.

HERE TO HELP by Michael Hughes, Matt Blitz and Phillip Wilburn

Starring Christopher Biewer (Matt), Kipleigh Brown (Caroline), Brent Pope (Larry), Deanna Russo (Lindsay Lohan), Sean Cowhig (Christian Bale), Tommy Bechtold (Ricky Gervais) and Phillip Wilburn (Charlie Sheen)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Couples Therapy” with Nicholas D’Agosto from Top Story! Weekly Episode 85: “The Age of Ophiuchus”

January 25, 2011

Unfortunately the video quality’s not as good as usual – but you can still enjoy the awesome work done by our special guest, Nicholas D’Agosto from “Heroes,” “Fired Up”, “Election” and the forthcoming “From Prada to Nada” and “Final Destination 5!”

You can see all of the sketches Nick’s done in our show by following this link!

After President Obama’s call for greater civility, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi try to strengthen their relationship by entering couples therapy!

To see all the sketches from Top Story! Weekly as soon as they’re posted, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

COUPLES THERAPY by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 85: “The Age of Ophiuchus”

Starring Nicholas D’Agosto (Trent), Amy Paffrath (Eden), Phillip Wilburn (John Boehner), Kipleigh Brown (Nancy Pelosi), Melissa Okey (Eileen) and Christopher Biewer (Porter)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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 “Regis and Kelly” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 63: “Chelsea Morning”

August 12, 2010

Regis Philbin isn’t happy that President Obama chose to appear on “The View” instead of “Live with Regis and Kelly”…until Gelman makes sure that the Reege and Kelly get a chance to chat with Barack too!

To see all the sketches from Top Story! Weekly as soon as they’re posted, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

REGIS AND KELLY by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 63: “Chelsea Morning”

Starring Phillip Wilburn Regis Philbin), Kim Mulligan (Kelly Ripa), Matthew Harris (Barack Obama) and Christopher Biewer (Michael Gelman)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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