Posts Tagged ‘Matt Manser’

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

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Top Story! Weekly Nominated for Two 2012 INNY Awards!!

February 19, 2012

This is cool.

My show, Top Story! Weekly, has been nominated for two 2012 Inny Awards! These are national awards, so it’s very exciting.

We’ve received nominations for Best in Sketch Comedy (we’re the only show in Los Angeles to be so recognized, and one of only two outside New York and Chicago!) and Best Comedy Song (for “Sad Christmas Songs,” with lyrics by me and music by Gregg Lopez! We’re even nominated in the latter category with Flight of the Conchords!

And other folks in the TS!W family were nominated as well:

– Our home venue, iO West, was nominated for Best Venue and Best Training Program!

– One of our head writers, Matt Manser, was nominated for Best in Stand-Up!

Bro Squad 5, featuring our writer/segment co-producer Phil Ranta, was nominated for Best in Long Form!

– And one of our writers, Keith Saltojanes, was nominated for Best Instructor, his team English Speaking Moose was nominated for Best in Long Form, and his school ImprovLA was nominated for Best Training Program!

If you could take a moment and vote for us in categories #7 and #11, I’d really appreciate it! Just follow this link!

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

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 “California Cuttin'” with Nicholas D’Agosto from Top Story! Weekly Episode 85: “The Age of Ophiuchus”

January 20, 2011

Unfortunately the sound is crappy on this one – the substitute video guy didn’t set up a mic near the stage – but you can still enjoy some fun work by our cast, including Nicholas D’Agosto, who you might know as West Rosen from “Heroes” and from starring in “Fired Up” and the forthcoming “From Prada to Nada” and “Final Destination 5”!

The California budget crisis means Jerry Brown is making state employees give up their cell phones – and a lot of other state perks that seem to be synonymous with being from California!

To see all the sketches from Top Story! Weekly as soon as they’re posted, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

CALIFORNIA CUTTIN’ by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 85: “The Age of Ophiuchus”

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Jerry Brown), Nicholas D’Agosto (Slater), Matt Manser (Kevin), Kipleigh Brown (Brittni), Melissa Okey (Alexis), Amy Paffrath (Jasmin) and Jimmy Guidish (Rex)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Chelsea Handles Brangelina” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 81: “Lame Duck, Lame Duck, Goose!”

December 17, 2010

Chelsea Handler lashes out at Angelina. I get to write another sketch with Jennifer Aniston!

Chelsea Handler’s onstage slams at Angelina Jolie draw a surprise visit from her new best friend – Jennifer Aniston!

To see all the sketches from Top Story! Weekly as soon as they’re posted, subscribe to our YouTube channel!

CHELSEA HANDLES BRANGELINA by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 81: “Lame Duck, Lame Duck, Goose!”

Starring Melissa Okey (Chelsea Handler), Shannon Ayers (Jennifer Aniston), Phillip Wilburn (Emcee) and Matthew Harris (Server)

Directed by Tom Repetto


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