Posts Tagged ‘Top Story! Weekly guest stars’

Watch “Last Tango with Beanster” with Andrés du Bouchet from “Conan” – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 115: “Planes, Buses and A Whole Lot of Fusses”

August 25, 2011

I wasn’t going to write last week. But then on Thursday the final push into Tripoli began. And with Phil Ranta back from his five-month sojourn doing improv with Second City on cruise ships in Hawaii, I knew I had to write a Gadhafi sketch that could take us full circle to the first sketch we did back in March that introduced the world to the wonder that is Chuck Beanster!

LAST TANGO WITH BEANSTER by Michael Hughes

Starring Phillip Wilburn (Muammar Qadaffi), Andrés du Bouchet (Larry), Brent Pope (Steve Culpepper) and Phil Ranta (Chuck Beanster)

Directed by Tom Repetto

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Watch “Know Your Debt Ceiling” – with Jimmy Pardo and Andrés du Bouchet from “Conan” – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 112: “Dancing on the Debt Ceiling”

August 4, 2011

Phillip Wilburn and Matt Moore went to a taping of “Conan” and chatted with Jimmy Pardo, who was booked as our guest comic for the July 31 show. Jimmy said he’d also do a sketch, and Phillip suggested one where he played a game show host. Since his “Conan” colleague Andrés du Bouchet was also in the cast it was a natural to put him in the sketch along with Matt and Phillip. I did a first pass, Phillip and Tommy Bechtold polished it up, and the result is the six minutes of hilarity you see here.

KNOW YOUR DEBT CEILING by Michael Hughes, Phillip Wilburn and Tommy Bechtold

Starring Jimmy Pardo (Jimmy), Andrés du Bouchet (Dexter Farnsworth), Matt Moore (Woodrow Carter), Phillip Wilburn (Regis Philbin) and Brent Pope (Announcer)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch Gupta and Lata from “Outsourced” Talk About the New Fall Schedule – with Parvesh Cheena and Sharmila Devar – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 103: “Apocalypse Now?”

May 31, 2011

Top Story! Weekly has more than once gotten people from NBC shows to guest star on a Sunday that happened to fall right after the network cancelled their show. Memorably, Brian Kiley – Conan O’Brien’s head monologue writer – was our special guest two days after the final episode of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”. And this month Parvesh Cheena from “Outsourced” was our guest star the Sunday after NBC announced the show would not be on the new fall schedule. Parv was great – you can watch his sketches on the TS!W website – and incredibly good natured about the show’s cancellation. So much so that he, and his equally awesome co-star Sharmila Devar did this segment – as their characters Gupta and Lata – about the new fall schedule. (And I worked in a little good-natured joke about my friend Jason Ritter.)

GUPTA AND LATA TALK ABOUT THE NEW FALL SCHEDULE by Phillip Wilburn and Michael Hughes

Starring Parvesh Cheena (Gupta), Sharmila Devar (Lata) and Phillip Wilburn (Anchor)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Arnold Schwarzenegger Meets His Illegitimate Son – with Parvesh Cheena from “Outsourced” – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 103: “Apocalypse Now?”

May 26, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a secret love child. Top Story! Weekly has the awesome Parvesh Cheena from “Outsourced.” I have an idea for a sketch with a lot of mirroring…

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON by Michael Hughes

Starring Parvesh Cheena (Joseph Baena), Phillip Wilburn (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Kipleigh Brown (Maria Shriver) and Jen Cain (Patty Baena)

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

Don’t Miss Suzanne Sena from the Onion News Network and Josh Comers from “Conan” this Sunday April 17 in an all-new Top Story! Weekly!!

April 15, 2011

Are you a fan of the Onion, or of Conan? Then you won’t want to miss this! Suzanne Sena – the Onion News Network‘s Brooke Alvarez – and Josh Comers – writer for “Conan” – guest star in an all-new Top Story! Weekly – this Sunday night, April 17, at 9 at iO West!

For more information, check out our Facebook page!

Buy tickets here!

Celebrity Public Service Announcements to Help Japan After the Earthquake and Tsunami – from Top Story Weekly Episode 93: “Shock Wave” – with special guest Deanna Russo!

March 21, 2011

Let’s say you run a comedy show based on the news. Right after you read all the sketches submitted for the week and you’re putting together a running order, you learn about a huge tragedy striking. It’s a big story – you can’t ignore it. But you have to be funny without being disrespectful. What do you do?

If you’re me, and you’re trying to address the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you ask your friends Matt Blitz and Phillip Wilburn to help write a sketch that uses the event to make fun of celebrities who are deserving of the ridicule. All in all, it turned out pretty well.

HERE TO HELP by Michael Hughes, Matt Blitz and Phillip Wilburn

Starring Christopher Biewer (Matt), Kipleigh Brown (Caroline), Brent Pope (Larry), Deanna Russo (Lindsay Lohan), Sean Cowhig (Christian Bale), Tommy Bechtold (Ricky Gervais) and Phillip Wilburn (Charlie Sheen)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Newt Gingrich Has Advice About Committing Adultery – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 93: “Shock Wave”

March 19, 2011

Yes, Newt Gingrich actually blamed the fact that he cheated on his wife on the fact that he loved America too much. So that proved a perfect topic for comedy with our guest star, Deanna Russo from “Knight Rider!”

FOR LOVE OF…COUNTRY by Michael Hughes

Starring Deanna Russo (Cathy), Sean Cowhig (Ben) and Tommy Bechtold (Newt Gingrich)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Watch “Couples Therapy” with Nicholas D’Agosto from Top Story! Weekly Episode 85: “The Age of Ophiuchus”

January 25, 2011

Unfortunately the video quality’s not as good as usual – but you can still enjoy the awesome work done by our special guest, Nicholas D’Agosto from “Heroes,” “Fired Up”, “Election” and the forthcoming “From Prada to Nada” and “Final Destination 5!”

You can see all of the sketches Nick’s done in our show by following this link!

After President Obama’s call for greater civility, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi try to strengthen their relationship by entering couples therapy!

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

COUPLES THERAPY by Michael Hughes – from Top Story! Weekly Episode 85: “The Age of Ophiuchus”

Starring Nicholas D’Agosto (Trent), Amy Paffrath (Eden), Phillip Wilburn (John Boehner), Kipleigh Brown (Nancy Pelosi), Melissa Okey (Eileen) and Christopher Biewer (Porter)

Directed by Michael Hughes


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