Posts Tagged ‘health care reform’

Watch “A Supreme Performance” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 144: “Stop! In the Name of Health Care!”

April 3, 2012

Thinking about how to approach the Supreme Court argument about the health care bill in a comedic way, I thought I could combine it with the other great meme of last week: Megan Draper’s dance at Don’s birthday party on “Mad Men.” Of course, the success of such a conceit depends upon the audience recognizing what’s going on, and I don’t think many folks in our audience got the reference – maybe because “Mad Men” airs at the same time our show goes up! Still, Grasie Mercedes did a great job with the dance.

A SUPREME PERFORMANCE by Michael Hughes

Starring Grasie Mercedes (Megan Draper), Brian Vestal (Chief Justice John Roberts), Jen Cain (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg), Brent Pope (Justice Antonin Scalia), Mitchel Baldwin (Justice Samuel Alito) and Marco Ragozzino (Justice Anthony Kennedy)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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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

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 “Obama Gives Back” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 50: “By the Time I.D. Get to Phoenix”

April 28, 2010

My sketch from Top Story! Weekly’s 50th episode – a chance to showcase some of the great singing of cast members Tammie Smalls and Matt Harris!

With low approval ratings and tough battles in Washington, Barack and Michelle Obama use a visit to “American Idol” as more than a chance to ask viewers for donations!

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OBAMA GIVES BACK by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 50: “By the Time I.D. Get to Arizona”

Starring Matthew Harris (Barack Obama), Tammie Smalls (Michelle Obama), Phillip Wilburn (Simon Cowell), Artemis Pebdani (Kara DioGuardi), Erich Eilenberger (Ellen Degeneres), Brent Pope (Randy Jackson) and Matt Moore (Ryan Seacrest)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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