Posts Tagged ‘John Druska’

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 “Healthcare.Gov Is A Real Scandal” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 223: “ERROR 404: Healthcare Not Found”

November 2, 2013

This sketch didn’t go quite as well as I hoped – I don’t think the audience was that familiar with “Scandal,” and some of the dialogue wasn’t as precise as it needed to be – but I do love watching Grasie Mercedes play Olivia Pope!

HEALTHCARE.GOV IS A REAL SCANDAL by Michael Hughes

Starring Grasie Mercedes (Olivia Pope), Kipleigh Brown (Kathleen Sebelius),Mitchel Baldwin (Jeff Zients), John Druska (Huck) and Josh Rachford (President Fitzgerald Grant III)

Directed by Adam Campbell-Schmitt

Watch “Fire, Ready, Aim” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 167: “Shoot First, Aim Later”

September 20, 2012

Mitt Romney’s jump-the-gun response to the attack on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi got me thinking: what if he was the sheriff coming in to clean up an Old West town? Here’s what I came up with. Mike Besaw did a great job with the sound effects on this one. And I like how Mike McLendon’s character’s name is a shout-out to his Harold team.

FIRE, READY, AIM by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Mitt Romney), John Druska (Bullock), Tammie Smalls (Annie), Gregg Lopez (Pappy), Kipleigh Brown (Kitty), Tommy Bechtold (Dutch), Mike McLendon (Bandit) and Matt Moore (Scoop Henderson)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “L-I-T-T-L-E B” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 153: “Zombie Apocalypse”!

June 7, 2012

It felt a little weird to do a sketch about a six-year-old girl. But the contestant in the National Spelling Bee was in the news – and the chance to have some fun with that character as played by Artemis Pebdani was just too tempting! I think it came out pretty fun – especially as part of our big Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival show with Bill Burr!!

L-I-T-T-L-E B by Michael Hughes

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Lori Anne Madison), Blake Walker (Jacques Bailly), Tammie Smalls (Kayla), John Druska (Dylan), Kipleigh Brown (Coralee) and Derek Reid (Sam)

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 “El Alcalde Es Occupado” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 129: “Maybe Cain Isn’t Able”!!

December 7, 2011

Mayor Villaraigosa negotiates the end of the “Occupy L.A.” protests the same week that Top Story! Weekly has Neil Garguilo (Principal Cox from MTV’s “Awkward” and iO West‘s Dr. God, and one of our regular cast members as well) in the cast? That makes it time to revisit one of our favorite recurring sketches – the telenovela with Los Angeles’ Mayor, “El Alcalde de la Pasion!!”

EL ALCALDE ES OCCUPADO by Michael Hughes

Starring Neil Garguilo (Antonio Villaraigosa), John Druska (Police Chief Charlie Beck), Jen Cain (Mae), Kipleigh Brown (Tiffany), Jimmy Guidish (Troy), Tammie Smalls (Gloria), Derek Reid (Donovan) and Phillip Wilburn (Announcer),

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Work Safe” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 113: “AAA Gets Towed Away”

August 10, 2011

Without question the edgiest sketch I’ve written in a while. If you don’t know about the Dreamboard case, count your blessings. If you do, you might be surprised to think I’d write a comedy sketch about it. But with the chance to write for Peter Fluet – who I know well from our days in “Those Who Oppose Us Will Stand Knee Deep in the Blood of Their Children” – I had an idea that I thought would work without being tasteless. I think we pulled it off. Everyone in this sketch is just great. (And yes, this sketch is work safe. Although Peter does get loud.)

WORK SAFE by Michael Hughes

Starring Peter Fluet (Chuck), Matt Manser (Marty), Tammie Smalls (Lori), John Druska (Sam) and Kipleigh Brown (Beth)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Credit Where Credit Is Due” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 111: “On a Hot Tin Debt Ceiling”

August 4, 2011

For the first time in a long time, I was an actor in Top Story! Weekly on July 20. And I was even in a sketch I wrote for myself, a fun little piece about the debt ceiling nonsense in which I was ably assisted by Deanna Russo and John Druska.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE by Michael Hughes

Starring John Druska (Mr. Miller), Deanna Russo (Carla) and Michael Hughes (Gary)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer


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