Posts Tagged ‘Jen Cain’

Watch “Harding After Hours” From Top Story! Weekly Episode 257: “The Heat Is Off!”

July 18, 2014

A line flub turned into a happy accident that made the scene. When Bennie Arthur accidentally called Tillery Johnson “Henry Fonda” instead of “Henry Ford”, this sketch about the erotic letters Warren G. Harding sent to his mistress could have been derailed. Instead, because the cast was listening and paying attention, it became even more hilarious.

HARDING AFTER HOURS by Michael Hughes

Starring Bennie Arthur (Warren G. Harding), Jen Cain (Carrie Fulton Phillips), Tillery Johnson (Henry Ford), Kipleigh Brown (Dorothy Parker), Sean Cowhig (Babe Ruth),Matthew Harris (Louis Armstrong) and Eileen Mary O’Connell (Narrator)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Watch “The Lindsay Lohan Support Group” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 241: “Malaysian Mystery!”

March 21, 2014

This show was the first time in almost two years I had two sketches in “Top Story! Weekly!” This one was a look at the Lindsay Lohan fuck list, and an excuse for me to write for great impressions like James Warfield’s James Franco, Mark Gagliardi’s Colin Farrell (both of whom were on the list) and Tammie Smalls’ Wanda Sykes (who wasn’t, but could have been…)

THE LINDSAY LOHAN SUPPORT GROUP by Michael Hughes

Starring Julia Wackenheim (Marcia), Mark Gagliardi (Colin Farrell), James Warfield (James Franco), Tammie Smalls (Wanda Sykes), Adam Campbell-Schmitt (Kevin), Phillip Wilburn (Regis Philbin) and Jen Cain (Anchor),

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “A Tonight Tradition” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 241: “Malaysian Mystery!”

March 19, 2014

The concept of a Johnny Carson sex tape was so rich for comedy that we did two sketches in one show on it. The first – by Sean Tierney – probably played a little better, but mine was fun too.

A “TONIGHT” TRADITION by Michael Hughes

Starring Mitchel Baldwin (Jimmy Fallon), Jen Cain (Nancy Juvonen) and James Warfield (Justin Timberlake)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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 “The Miracle That Saved Obamacare” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 228: “It’s Kind of a Big Deal”!

December 15, 2013

So the December 8 episode of Top Story! Weekly? No big deal. Our guest comedian was only BOB FREAKIN’ ODENKIRK!!!!!

So with a completely sold-out house, and a guest comedian who was one of the reasons I wanted to do sketch comedy, I made sure we brought our A-game. And I came up with an opener that is probably the most UCB-ish game sketch I’ve ever written for TS!W, based upon a suggestion from Phillip Wilburn that the Obamacare website could be a “Christmas miracle.” I went in a different direction, and it ended up opening the show.

Bob was great. And he liked us!

THE MIRACLE THAT SAVED OBAMACARE by Michael Hughes

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Abigail), Bennie Arthur (Charlie), Tammie Smalls (Gwen), Stacy Rumaker (Shoshanna), Jen Cain (Karen), Tommy Bechtold (Young Boy), Derek Reid (Balthazar) and Phillip Wilburn (Boss)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Don’t Stop…Beliebin'” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 208: “8 Is Great!”

July 17, 2013

Justin Bieber peeing in a mop bucket in a restaurant was hilarious enough. Justin Bieber saying “Fuck Bill Clinton!” while squirting a photo of the president with cleanser made it even funnier. And the one way I thought to make it funnier still would be to make Clinton a jilted fangirl. Here’s the results – great work from Phillip and Jen.

DON’T STOP…BELIEBIN’ by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Bill Clinton) and Jen Cain (Hillary Clinton)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “A Big Hunk of Hamm” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 192: “Ten Years After”!

March 27, 2013

Okay, so a sketch about how Jon Hamm’s penis is so big that “Mad Men” producers have asked him to wear underwear may not be the most sophisticated thing I’ve ever written. But this sketch (from the First Annual Los Angeles Scripted Comedy Festival, which featured our special guest Lucas Grabeel from “Switched at Birth” and “High School Musical” – check out some more hilarious sketches from the show on YouTube) seemed to get some good laughs from the audience. Very happy people picked up the allusion in the Jon Hamm/Don Draper monologue!

A BIG HUNK OF HAMM by Michael Hughes

Starring Gregg Lopez (Jon Hamm), Artemis Pebdani (Elizabeth Getzinger), Brian Vestal (Vincent Kartheiser), Jen Cain (Elisabeth Moss),
Josh Rachford (P.A.) and Phillip Wilburn (Makeup Artist)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Biebergency!” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 190: “A Good Old-Fashioned Filibuster!”

March 12, 2013

With Justin Bieber back in the news due to his rough week in London, and Tillery Johnson in our cast, it was time for another Bieber sketch. And this one Tillery helped me write!

BIEBERGENCY! by Michael Hughes and Tillery Johnson

Starring Tillery Johnson (Justin Bieber), Mitchel Baldwin (Scooter Braun), Phillip Wilburn (Dr. Lancaster), Blake Walker (Dr. Hastings) and Jen Cain (Nurse Crawley)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Wingmom” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 161: “Let It Flow in the Pool”!!

August 9, 2012

My first sketch in Top Story! Weekly in several weeks (it’s getting competitive!). When I heard about Ryan Lochte’s mom saying her son only has one-night stands, it was too good a comic target to pass up. And I don’t believe for a minute that a woman who was in her teens or 20’s in the 1970’s, and who married a swim coach, doesn’t know what a one-night stand is. Or that Ryan Lochte has never had one. And doesn’t Blake Walker look fetching in drag?

WINGMOM by Michael Hughes

Starring Marco Ragozzino (Ryan Lochte), Corey Podell (Ike Lochte), Jen Cain (Jordyn Wieber), Grasie Mercedes (Lolo Jones) and Blake Walker (Ryan Seacrest)

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


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