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Watch “Can’t Occupy This” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 126: “Keeping Up with the Divorcians”

November 11, 2011

If you’re a certain age, when you hear “Oakland” your mind goes to “Hammer”. So when I had to think of an angle on the Occupy Oakland incidents last week. . . that’s where my mind went!

CAN’T OCCUPY THIS by Michael Hughes

Starring Derek Reid (MC Hammer), Deanna Russo (Mayor Jean Quan), Brent Pope (Cop),Jen Cain (Tiffany), Tommy Bechtold (Kevin) and Matt Blitz (Glen)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

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Watch “Bossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 125: “Top Scary! Weekly”

November 7, 2011

I’m always telling the cast of “Top Story! Weekly” to be proactive in generating material to showcase themselves. So on the rare occasions when I’m in the cast, I’d be a hypocrite not to take my own advice, right? So with the premiere of Kelsey Grammer’s new show on Starz, “Boss,” I thought I’d have some fun with my competent impersonation of the star of “Frasier.” I’m not mortified with the results, which for me is a win!

BOSSED SALAD AND SCRAMBLED SHOWS by Michael Hughes

Starring Michael Hughes (Kelsey Grammer/Tom Cane), Jim Nieb (Gus Van Sant), Grasie Mercedes (Karen Aldridge/Dr. Ella Harris), Derek Reid (Gary) and Phillip Wilburn (Cliff Clavin/John Ratzenberger)

Directed by Tom Repetto

Watch “Trick or Literally” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 125: “Top Scary! Weekly”!!

November 1, 2011

I always urge the cast members to be proactive in generating material for themselves. For Top Story! Weekly’s Halloween show, Jimmy Guidish did just that – coming to the writers’ meeting, pitching ideas, and asking me to help him write a sketch showcasing one of his signature bits, Joe Biden. I helped a little with structure and formatting, but most of what you see here is Jimmy’s work. He was nervous about how it would turn out, but it played so well in readthrough that we opened the show with it, and as you’ll see the audience loved it. Good job Jimmy!

TRICK OR LITERALLY by Jimmy Guidish and Michael Hughes

Starring Jimmy Guidish (Joe Biden), Michael Hughes (Beau Biden), Grasie Mercedes (Mother),Derek Reid (Vampire Kid), Damien Fahey (Bert), Brent Pope (Ernie), Jen Cain (Teen Girl), Jim Nieb (Teen Boy) and Phillip Wilburn (Charlie Sheen)

Directed by Tom Repetto

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

Dick Cheney Makes a Movie Based on His Book “In My Time” – with Hartley Sawyer and Drew Seeley from “Glory Daze”!!

September 7, 2011

We had a very attractive cast in Top Story! Weekly this past week. So when I started thinking about how to make a sketch about Dick Cheney’s new book – especially about the gap between Cheney’s account of what happened and everyone else’s – I thought about having Cheney cast someone very handsome to play him in the movie version of his book. That lead to the sketch below, which got the show off to a great start. But Hartley Sawyer and Phillip Wilburn get all the credit for the movie trailer!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GukIUfpsHsY

DICK CHENEY, AUTEUR by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Dick Cheney), Kipleigh Brown (Marci), Hartley Sawyer (“Dick Cheney”), Derek Reid (“Colin Powell”), Shannon Ayers (“Cheney Aide”), Amy Paffrath (“Valerie Plame”), Drew Seeley (“Scooter Libby”) and Matt Moore (“George W. Bush”)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch Elton John, George Michael, Lionel Richie and Ke$ha Singing About the Economic Crisis – with Drew Seeley and Hartley Sawyer from “Glory Daze” – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 117: “Dick in a Book”

September 7, 2011

When you have someone in your show who’s had a Top Five single on the Billboard charts, you want to have them sing! So we took a sketch concept we’ve done before, tweaked it a bit, and came up with this dynamite closer to the sketch portion of our show featuring Derek Reid “Dancing on the Ceiling” as Lionel Richie, Kipleigh Brown skanking it up as Ke$ha, and an awesome duet between Drew Seeley as George Michael and Phillip Wilburn as Elton John – plus Amy Seeley and Hartley Sawyer hosting. This was pretty great. Enjoy.


NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL ECONOMIC CRISIS MUSIC by Kristina Adelmeyer, Michael Hughes and Phillip Wilburn

Starring Amy Paffrath (Amy), Hartley Sawyer (Hartley), Derek Reid (Lionel Richie), Kipleigh Brown (Ke$ha), Drew Seeley (George Michael), and Phillip Wilburn (Elton John)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “It Was Up To You, New York” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 108: “Just One More Thing…”

July 6, 2011

We put our scripts together on Friday nights. And on Friday night, June 24, the New York State Senate was voting on gay marriage. Clearly it was a story we’d have to address in Top Story! Weekly if it passed. Originally, I wrote this sketch so that famous New Yorkers were urging the Senate to vote in favor of gay marriage. But as I was finalizing the script, the bill passed, so I changed it to a more celebratory sketch, which worked much better. But the real highlight of this sketch is the showcase of our cast’s awesome impersonations. I looked at who we had that week, thought of who they could do, and the results were awesome. The audience applause got louder with every entrance.

IT WAS UP TO YOU, NEW YORK by Michael Hughes

Starring Jen Cain (Hillary Clinton), Phillip Wilburn (Donald Trump), Shannon Ayers (Jennifer Aniston), Brian O’Connell (Woody Allen) and Derek Reid (Tracy Morgan)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Bailout and Begorrah” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 80: “Top Story! Wiki”

December 15, 2010

I’m Irish. I can make these jokes.

The European Union has agreed to bail out Ireland – but the Irish Parliament won’t be happy when they hear what they have to give up!!

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BAILOUT AND BEGORRAH by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 80: “Top Story! Wiki”

Starring Tommy Bechtold (Brian Cowan), Gregg Lopez (Seamus), Melissa Okey (Maureen), Derek Reid (Patrick), Brent Pope (Finn) and Phillip Wilburn (Lucky the Leprechaun)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Boehner It’s Cold Outside” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 80: “Top Story! Wiki”

December 14, 2010

We needed a sketch to close the show. Song parodies are a favorite way for us to do so. Phillip Wilburn tossed out the phrase “Boehner It’s Cold Outside,” and this song (written before the announcement of the tax cut deal) was the result!

How can President Obama reach a deal on the Bush tax cuts with Republican House leader John Boehner? Maybe through the magic of this seductive holiday classic!!

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BOEHNER, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE by Tommy Bechtold, Michael Hughes and Phillip Wilburn – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 80: “Top Story! Wiki”

Starring Derek Reid (Barack Obama) and Phillip Wilburn (John Boehner)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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