Posts Tagged ‘Josh Rachford’

Watch “TS!W 720: Stephanie Drake Talks About Kissing Jon Hamm on “Mad Men”” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 252: “Hidden Cashed Out”

June 6, 2014

I’m a huge fan of “Mad Men,” so when we did our show for iO West’s 12th Annual Improv Comedy Festival and had as our special guest Stephanie Drake – aka Don Draper’s secretary Meredith – I thought it would be fun to do something about the big kiss she’d had on the midseason finale just a week earlier. Especially since we all know that right now Jon Hamm is the one exception that all straight guys would make…

TS!W 720: STEPHANIE DRAKE by Michael Hughes

Starring Stephanie Drake (Stephanie), Phillip Wilburn (Phillip), Josh Rachford (Josh), Tommy Bechtold (Tommy) and Bennie Arthur (Supergirl)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

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 “Virgin Flight” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 197: “Do You Know Who I Am?”

May 5, 2013

A story about how passengers on Virgin America can now buy each other drinks gave me an excuse to bring back Top Story! Weekly’s favorite hero pilot who crash landed a plane in the Hudson River saving 155 people’s lives!

VIRGIN FLIGHT by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger), Kipleigh Brown (Teri) and Josh Rachford (Chad)

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 “Justin Bieber Turns 19” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 189: “Sequester? I Don’t Even Care About Her!”

March 5, 2013

When Justin Bieber hosted “Saturday Night Live” about a month ago, Tillery Johnson happened to be in the cast of Top Story! Weekly that week. And since Tillery bears an uncanny resemblence to Biebs I wrote a sketch about the afterparty with Justin indulging in the pot and sizzurp and naked butt Instagramming of which he seems to have been so fond lately. It didn’t make it in that week, although I got good feedback. But when Till was in the show again the weekend of Biebs’ 19th birthday, I resubmitted it – this time, with the addition of Brian Vestal’s awesome Mark Wahlberg (who had just been in the show a few minutes earlier). Enjoy!

JUSTIN BIEBER TURNS 19 by Michael Hughes

Starring Tillery Johnson (Justin Bieber), Brian Vestal (Mark Wahlberg), Kipleigh Brown (Kipleigh) and Josh Rachford (Josh)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Genital Hospital” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 185: “Super Bowled Over!”

February 5, 2013

We all wish Ron Jeremy a swift recovery from his heart aneurysm. Of course, the prospect of the most famous male porn star ever going into an emergency room did have comic possibilities. Matt Epstein and I both wrote on this. Most of this sketch is Matt’s – “pantsectomy” is mine and a few other things. It is really funny, though, since the cast totally committed to it.

GENITAL HOSPITAL by Matthew Irving Epstein and Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Ron Jeremy), Kipleigh Brown (Sexy Nurse), Stacy Rumaker (Slutty Nurse), Erich Eilenberger (Dr. Throbbins) and Josh Rachford (Pizza Guy)

Directed by Derek Reid

Watch “Kate’s Great in Any Language” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 168: “Shuttling the Percentages”

September 26, 2012

When every country in Europe except the UK printed those topless photos of Kate Middleton, it was time to dust out the broad stereotypes and have some fun! This didn’t land as well as I had hoped but it was still fun.

KATE’S GREAT IN ANY LANGUAGE by Michael Hughes

Starring Josh Rachford (Wesley), Phillip Wilburn (Garrett), Blake Walker (Pierre), Sean Cowhig (Seamus), Gregg Lopez (Giuseppe) (Giuseppe) and Marco Ragozzino (Bjorn)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Hummer Nights” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 150: “Obama Comes Out”!!!

May 16, 2012

When the story of John Travolta being accused of sexually harassing masseurs broke, Matt Manser suggested a he said/he said song parody would be in order. And since probably the most famous song from “Grease” fit the bill, I went to work. There’s a couple of line flubs, but there’s some stuff I’m really proud of – especially the perfect scan of “John Travolta” to “Summer Lovin'” in the opening lines, and the “Look Who’s Talking” reference.

HUMMER NIGHTS by Michael Hughes

Starring Brent Pope (Okorie Okorocha), Gregg Lopez (Masseur #1), Tillery Johnson (Masseur #2), Phillip Wilburn (John Travolta), Blake Walker (Man #1), Josh Rachford (Man #2) Kipleigh Brown (Woman #1), Deanna Russo (Woman #2), Jen Cain (Crowd) and Tammie Smalls (Crowd)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Party at George’s” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 150: “Obama Comes Out”

May 15, 2012

We needed another sketch for our show this week, one with a lot of good parts for the ladies, so I threw together this piece about George Clooney’s fundraiser for President Obama that gave the cast a chance to show off their impersonations.

PARTY AT GEORGE’S by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Karen Blutcher), Jen Cain (Beth Topinka), Gregg Lopez (George Clooney), Brent Pope (Danny DeVito), Blake Walker (Keith Olbermann), Phillip Wilburn (Al Gore), Tammie Smalls (Wanda Sykes), Deanna Russo (Kristen Stewart), Josh Rachford (Robert Pattinson) and Tillery Johnson (Justin Bieber)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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