Posts Tagged ‘Mike McLendon’

Watch “Every Interview Is a Winding Road” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 183: “Coming Clean”

January 22, 2013

Lance Armstrong. Manti Te’o. What a great week this past week was for comedy about the news. We had Mike McLendon in our cast that week to play Lance and Tammie Smalls to play Oprah so at the readthrough we brainstormed ideas on how to hit the interview. I riffed, “Sheryl Crow doesn’t really exist”…and here’s the result!

EVERY INTERVIEW IS A WINDING ROAD by Michael Hughes

Starring Tammie Smalls (Oprah Winfrey) and Mike McLendon (Lance Armstrong)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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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

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 “The Eternal Pyramid” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 147: “What Happens in Colombia…”!!

April 26, 2012

The sound is crappy on this one but you can still enjoy our tribute to Dick Clark as Matthew McConaughey tries to help him get into heaven!

THE ETERNAL PYRAMID by Michael Hughes

Starring Mike McLendon (St. Peter), Matt Moore (Dick Clark), Tillery Johnson (Matthew McConaughey) and Phillip Wilburn (Ed McMahon)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Watch “Grill the Candidates: Newt Gingrich” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 136: “Three Amigos”

February 8, 2012

As I mentioned in my last post, our special Super Bowl Sunday episode of Top Story! Weekly had just three actors, so we did a “Grill the Candidates” format, where Mike McLendon and Kipleigh Brown questioned each of the four remaining Republican candidates, all played by Phillip Wilburn. We took question ideas from our writers, then assigned each of the four candidates to a specific writer to write a segment. I did the Gingrich one (although the rules were written by Matt Blitz).

GRILL THE CANDIDATES: NEWT GINGRICH by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Kipleigh), Mike McLendon (Mike) and Phillip Wilburn (Newt Gingrich)

Directed by Phillip Wilburn

Watch “TS!W 720: The SAG/AFTRA Merger” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 136: “Three Amigos”

February 7, 2012

We did a special show Super Bowl Sunday, just three actors in a “Grill the Candidates” format. (It was really good; you should check it out on the Top Story! Weekly YouTube channel.) Throughout the show Kipleigh Brown and Mike McLendon had only been anchors, so we thought that for the desk piece we’d give them the chance to play characters. Mike mentioned he does the spokesman in the GEICO ads, so he became AFTRA’s spokesman, and Kip did Angelina Jolie, as we looked at the proposed merger between SAG and AFTRA. Mike’s non sequitors, many of which he wrote, are pretty hilarious.

TS!W 720: THE SAG/AFTRA MERGER by Michael Hughes and Phil Ranta

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Angelina Jolie), Mike McLendon (Mike McGlone the GEICO Guy) and Phillip Wilburn (Anchor)

Directed by Phillip Wilburn


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