Posts Tagged ‘Natalie Portman’

Watch “TS!W 720: Al Gore Responds to Keith Olbermann” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 144: “Stop! In the Name of Health Care!”

April 4, 2012

Keith Olbermann’s firing from Current TV broke late on Friday – after we’d already picked the sketches for this week’s show, but early enough that I could get in a desk piece with Phillip Wilburn doing his great Al Gore characterization offering his side of the story!

TS!W 720: AL GORE RESPONDS TO KEITH OLBERMANN by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Al Gore) and Brent Pope (Manny)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Watch Donald Trump Denying Charges That He’s A Racist – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 100: “Kiss Me, Kate!”

May 4, 2011

Neil Garguilo is one of my favorite actors to work with in the world. (In fact, he’s just plain one of my favorite people in the world.) And a guy as talented as Neil gets busy, so he doesn’t have as much time to do Top Story! Weekly as he or I would like. But he was able to do it this past Sunday, so I put together this sketch about Donald Trump’s allegedly racist comments and got to enjoy the magic that he and Phillip Wilburn have on stage together.

Fun fact: this sketch was performed within a half hour of President Obama’s announcement about the death of Osama bin Laden – look for the line at the top that was added to allude to that fact!

SOME OF MY BEST SUPPORTERS ARE…by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Donald Trump) and Neil Garguilo (Craig)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Natalie Portman Meets Her “Black Swan” Dance Double – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 96: “I Pity the April Fools”

April 7, 2011

My second “Black Swan” sketch – here’s a link to the first – and I must say that I think this one is even better. When the controversy about Natalie Portman’s dance double broke I thought it might be a worthy subject for a sketch – and when my good friend Andy Trask happened to be in the TS!W cast that week, the option of having him play the dance double was just too great to pass up. This sketch really benefited from some great rewrites by Colin Contreary and Tom Repetto – the line about the mailbox is all Tom’s!

SWAN FAKE by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Natalie Portman), Phillip Wilburn (Darren Aronofsky), Colin Contreary (Benjamin Millepied) and Andy Trask (Jesse)

Directed by Tom Repetto

The Official 2011 Academy Awards Drinking Game!!

February 23, 2011

So for the past couple of years – i.e., 2008, 2009 and 2010 – I’ve posted on our show’s website my “official” rules for the Academy Awards drinking game. Well, it’s that time again – so check out the “official” rules of the 2011 Academy Awards Drinking Game!!

And what better place to watch the Oscars than on Hollywood Boulevard itself? So if you don’t have a ticket to the Kodak, head about a mile east to iO West to watch the show on the big screen in the Mainstage starting at 5:30!! Then stick around after the show for an all-new Top Story! Weekly with special guest Steve Wright, followed by an all-new Deskpiece Nation featuring writers from “Conan” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” iO West has a full bar (so it’s 21+ for Mainstage shows – bring your ID!) and will feature an Oscar night special – $5 Champagne splits. Plus iO West has valet parking right next door on Cosmo, so for just $5 with validation you won’t have to worry about all the restrictions that night!


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