Posts Tagged ‘Phillip Wilburn’

Watch “Out of Africa” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 261: “Hawaiian Punch”!

August 14, 2014

The news has been so seriously lately that it’s been a challenge to come up with comedy about it.  But with the Ebola outbreak, I thought mocking the hysteria among Americans might be the way to go.  Plus it’s always fun to write a rant for Bennie Arthur!

OUT OF AFRICA by Michael Hughes

Starring Bennie Arthur (Charlie), Sean Cowhig (Steve), Kipleigh Brown (Kathy) and Phillip Wilburn (Joe)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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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 “The Lindsay Lohan Support Group” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 241: “Malaysian Mystery!”

March 21, 2014

This show was the first time in almost two years I had two sketches in “Top Story! Weekly!” This one was a look at the Lindsay Lohan fuck list, and an excuse for me to write for great impressions like James Warfield’s James Franco, Mark Gagliardi’s Colin Farrell (both of whom were on the list) and Tammie Smalls’ Wanda Sykes (who wasn’t, but could have been…)

THE LINDSAY LOHAN SUPPORT GROUP by Michael Hughes

Starring Julia Wackenheim (Marcia), Mark Gagliardi (Colin Farrell), James Warfield (James Franco), Tammie Smalls (Wanda Sykes), Adam Campbell-Schmitt (Kevin), Phillip Wilburn (Regis Philbin) and Jen Cain (Anchor),

Directed by Michael Hughes

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 “Downton Marry” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 231: “Rocky Mountain High”!

January 11, 2014

I won’t lie: this episode of “Top Story! Weekly” wasn’t our strongest. But this sketch I wrote, in honor of the premiere of season 4 of “Downton Abbey” that very night, really hit. I guess if only one sketch in a show goes well, it’s nice that it’s the one you wrote!

DOWNTON MARRY by Michael Hughes

Starring Stacy Rumaker (Lady Mary Crawley), Lauren Miller (Lady Edith Crawley), Julia Wackenheim (Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Phillip Wilburn (Robert Crawley, Lord Grantam), Bennett Jones (Don Draper), Ashleigh Hairston (Sandra Weiner) and Bennie Arthur (Bennie)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “The Miracle That Saved Obamacare” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 228: “It’s Kind of a Big Deal”!

December 15, 2013

So the December 8 episode of Top Story! Weekly? No big deal. Our guest comedian was only BOB FREAKIN’ ODENKIRK!!!!!

So with a completely sold-out house, and a guest comedian who was one of the reasons I wanted to do sketch comedy, I made sure we brought our A-game. And I came up with an opener that is probably the most UCB-ish game sketch I’ve ever written for TS!W, based upon a suggestion from Phillip Wilburn that the Obamacare website could be a “Christmas miracle.” I went in a different direction, and it ended up opening the show.

Bob was great. And he liked us!

THE MIRACLE THAT SAVED OBAMACARE by Michael Hughes

Starring Artemis Pebdani (Abigail), Bennie Arthur (Charlie), Tammie Smalls (Gwen), Stacy Rumaker (Shoshanna), Jen Cain (Karen), Tommy Bechtold (Young Boy), Derek Reid (Balthazar) and Phillip Wilburn (Boss)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “TS!W 720: Marilyn Hagerty” with Emily Maya Mills from Top Story! Weekly Episode 215: “Twerked Lines”!

September 6, 2013

Back when I directed the old iO West Mainstage Sketch show, I had the great pleasure to work with the wonderful Emily Maya Mills, who the LA Weekly says “could be the next Carol Burnett.” Emily guested in the cast of Top Story! Weekly last Sunday and I got to write a desk piece for her where she played the 87-year old restaurant reviewer Marilyn Hagerty whose glowing review of the Olive Garden went viral last year. She is, of course, wonderful here, as she is in the other sketches she did.

TS!W 720: MARILYN HAGERTY by Michael Hughes

Starring Emily Maya Mills (Marilyn Hagerty) and Phillip Wilburn (Phillip)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Don’t Stop…Beliebin'” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 208: “8 Is Great!”

July 17, 2013

Justin Bieber peeing in a mop bucket in a restaurant was hilarious enough. Justin Bieber saying “Fuck Bill Clinton!” while squirting a photo of the president with cleanser made it even funnier. And the one way I thought to make it funnier still would be to make Clinton a jilted fangirl. Here’s the results – great work from Phillip and Jen.

DON’T STOP…BELIEBIN’ by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Bill Clinton) and Jen Cain (Hillary Clinton)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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 “Season Pass or Fail” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 194: “The Balcony Is Closed”!

April 13, 2013

A little confession for you guys: I first wrote this sketch for a class I’m taking and decided to tweak it for TS!W. It’s inspired by my own difficulties keeping up with all the TV shows we “have” to watch these days (I’m only halfway through season two of “Breaking Bad”!). Probably better in concept than execution, but take a look and enjoy!

SEASON PASS OR FAIL by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Amanda), Stacy Rumaker (Daphne), Julia Wackenheim (Karen), Sean Cowhig (Craig), Phillip Wilburn (Pete) and Brian Vestal (Walter Nielsen)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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