Posts Tagged ‘Shannon Ayers’

Watch “PBS Girls” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 148: “The Four- (Or Eight-)Year Engagement!!!

May 5, 2012

With all the controversy over HBO’s “Girls” I thought it would be timely to do an alternate version that might air on another network – and PBS seemed the most appropriate home for a show contrasting a refined appearance with a more earthy subject matter!

PBS GIRLS by Michael Hughes

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Gwendolyn), Jen Cain (Athena), Shannon Ayers (Honora) and Gregg Lopez (Announcer)

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Watch “TS!W 720: Jennifer Aniston’s Summer Movie Preview” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 148: “The Four- (or Eight-) Year Engagement”!!

May 1, 2012

Shannon Ayers’ last show as a member of the Top Story! Weekly cast gave me one last chance to write a sketch to showcase her great Jennifer Aniston impression!!

TS!W 720: JENNIFER ANISTON’S SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW by Michael Hughes

Starring Shannon Ayers (Jennifer Aniston) and Phillip Wilburn (Anchor)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Never Let Go” From Top Story! Weekly Episode 145: “Mitt Passes Over”!

April 10, 2012

We had four women in the show this past Sunday and I wanted to make sure we had plenty of stuff for them. So I had the idea for a sketch where a group of female friends go to see the 3-D version of “Titanic” expecting to laugh at it, and got affected differently than they expected. Well, according to this article in the Huffington Post, this sketch might have been more true-to-life than I imagined!!

NEVER LET GO by Michael Hughes

Starring Corey Podell (Kaitlyn), Shannon Ayers (Jackie), Deanna Russo (Holly) and Kipleigh Brown (Chloe)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “A Day Which Will Live in Comedy” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 118: “Are You Ready for Some Jobs Speech?”

September 14, 2011

We do a show every Sunday night at iO West based on the news of the previous seven days. And when I saw that this past Sunday would be September 11, it posed a quandary: we couldn’t just ignore the anniversary, but anything we did would have to be tasteful and respectful while still being funny. And then I hit on it: make the sketch about the very difficulty we were having on doing a comedy show on the anniversary of a tragedy, only set it on the anniversary of another, analogous tragedy. I’m pretty proud of the results; I got more compliments on this sketch than on any I’ve written in a while.

A DATE THAT WILL LIVE IN COMEDY by Michael Hughes

Starring Matthew Harris (Neil), Brent Pope (Larry), Brian Vestal (Gus), Shannon Ayers (Rosie) and Colin Contreary (Pete)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Dick Cheney Makes a Movie Based on His Book “In My Time” – with Hartley Sawyer and Drew Seeley from “Glory Daze”!!

September 7, 2011

We had a very attractive cast in Top Story! Weekly this past week. So when I started thinking about how to make a sketch about Dick Cheney’s new book – especially about the gap between Cheney’s account of what happened and everyone else’s – I thought about having Cheney cast someone very handsome to play him in the movie version of his book. That lead to the sketch below, which got the show off to a great start. But Hartley Sawyer and Phillip Wilburn get all the credit for the movie trailer!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GukIUfpsHsY

DICK CHENEY, AUTEUR by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Dick Cheney), Kipleigh Brown (Marci), Hartley Sawyer (“Dick Cheney”), Derek Reid (“Colin Powell”), Shannon Ayers (“Cheney Aide”), Amy Paffrath (“Valerie Plame”), Drew Seeley (“Scooter Libby”) and Matt Moore (“George W. Bush”)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “It Was Up To You, New York” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 108: “Just One More Thing…”

July 6, 2011

We put our scripts together on Friday nights. And on Friday night, June 24, the New York State Senate was voting on gay marriage. Clearly it was a story we’d have to address in Top Story! Weekly if it passed. Originally, I wrote this sketch so that famous New Yorkers were urging the Senate to vote in favor of gay marriage. But as I was finalizing the script, the bill passed, so I changed it to a more celebratory sketch, which worked much better. But the real highlight of this sketch is the showcase of our cast’s awesome impersonations. I looked at who we had that week, thought of who they could do, and the results were awesome. The audience applause got louder with every entrance.

IT WAS UP TO YOU, NEW YORK by Michael Hughes

Starring Jen Cain (Hillary Clinton), Phillip Wilburn (Donald Trump), Shannon Ayers (Jennifer Aniston), Brian O’Connell (Woody Allen) and Derek Reid (Tracy Morgan)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Sealing the Deal – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 101: “Death Is Beautiful” – with Hartley Sawyer!

May 13, 2011

In just a month, Hartley Sawyer has become almost a semi-regular in Top Story! Weekly. He’s super talented and a great guy, so it’s a real pleasure to work with him. And now that we know him, we can write specifically for him. The week Osama bin Laden was killed, I knew I wanted to write a sketch for Hartley about a guy trying to pick up girls at a bar with his buddy, the Navy Seal just back from Abbottabad. And Hartley got to say one of the best final lines I’ve written for a sketch in a long time…

SEALING THE DEAL by Michael Hughes

Starring Hartley Sawyer (Dirk), Tommy Bechtold (Pete), Shannon Ayers (Beth) and Kipleigh Brown (Carrie)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer

Elton John Interrupts William and Kate’s Honeymoon – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 100: “Kiss Me, Kate!”

May 5, 2011

So the night before the royal wedding, we’re putting the Top Story! Weekly script together. We have two sketches called “The Royal Honeymoon” and we like them both, so we think about doing a runner – but if so, we need a third. Some brainstorming among the head writers and executive producers leads to the idea of Elton John interrupting the couple; song parody ideas are tossed around – and here’s the result, a tribute to the collaborative process of our show.

THE ROYAL HONEYMOON #3 by Kristina Adelmeyer, Matt Blitz, Erich Eilenberger, Michael Hughes and Phillip Wilburn

Starring Hartley Sawyer (Prince William), Shannon Ayers (Kate Middleton), Phillip Wilburn (Elton John) and Erich Eilenberger (Paparazzo)

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!

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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

Watch “2 Damn High” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 75: “2 Damn High”

October 27, 2010

When Jimmy McMillan from The Rent’s Too Damn High Party went viral, I knew he was a classic example of a one-week story, so to make the most of him I put two sketches in Top Story! Weekly about him. Here’s the one I wrote. Jason Kelley as McMillan looks amazing.

Are you a New Yorker who wants to move into an apartment you can’t afford, get rid of an annoying mountain, or marry a shoe? There’s a political party for you!

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2 DAMN HIGH by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 75: “2 Damn High”

Starring Tommy Bechtold (Chad), Shannon Ayers (Heather), Kipleigh Brown (Rosalyn), Jason Kelley (Jimmy McMillan) and Gregg Lopez (Bennie)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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