Posts Tagged ‘TS!W 720’

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

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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 “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 “TS!W 720: An Irish-American Tells the Real Story of St. Patrick’s Day” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 191: “I Love It When You Call Me il Papa!”

March 19, 2013

I realized a week ago that noted iO West Irish-American Sean Cowhig was in the Top Story! Weekly cast on St. Patrick’s Day, and I couldn’t let that opportunity go by without poking fun at Sean’s – and my – Irish heritage. Here’s the result; Sean, Phillip Wilburn and Lauren Miller all hit it out of the park!

TS!W 720: ST. PATRICK’S DAY by Michael Hughes and Sean Cowhig

Starring Sean Cowhig (Sean the Irish-American), Phillip Wilburn (Phillip the Interviewer) and Lauren Miller (Lauren the Waitress)

Directed by Adam Campbell-Schmitt

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 “TS!W 720: “Jack and Jill” from Top Story! Weekly Episode 126: “Keeping Up With the Divorcians”

November 11, 2011

With our head writer Matt Blitz in the cast, and Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” coming out this Friday, it was a no brainer to put Matt in a dress and have him play Jill. My apologies to my friend Andy Goldenberg who’s in the movie.

TS!W 720: “JACK AND JILL” by Michael Hughes

Starring Matt Blitz (Jill Sadelstein) and Phillip Wilburn (Phillip)

Directed by Kristina Adelmeyer


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