Watch Big News Episode 296: “H8″

We’re taking the Thanksgiving weekend off from live shows, but if you have a hankerin’ for some Big News we’ve got a lot of our recent episodes available online, and we’ll be posting them here on our website. 

And to start, here’s Big News Episode 296 - “H8″

In this episode:

- Prop 8 protestors inspire others in surprising ways
- George and Laura Bush get ready for the Obamas
- Ellen Degeneres and a panel of experts discuss the future of gay marriage
- Democrats figure out how to cave into…er, handle Joe Lieberman
- Sarah Palin chats with Larry King about her future
- French President Sarkozy gets an award for political courage
- Paris Hilton finds a new BFF
- John and Cindy McCain enter marriage counseling
- Los Angeles offices have very realistic earthquake preparations
- And Barney Frank and sidekick Charles Nelson Reilly take on Henry Paulson about economic bailouts
- Plus special guest Johnny Pemberton!
- And Lindsey Lohan reports live from the California fires!

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BIG NEWS EPISODE 296 - “H8″

Starring George Caleodis, Sean Cowhig, Bailee Desrocher, Michael Hughes, Rachael Drummond, Jim Nieb, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Brian Vestal and Phillip Wilburn

Directed by Ron West (more…)

Watch Big News Episode 295: “Yes, We Did”

Our post-election show - featuring a great standup routine by John Fugelsang!

In this episode:

- Barack and Michelle move on up!
- Levi and Bristol reconsider their plans.
- Hologram madness at CNN!
- George Bush gives Barack Obama the lowdown.
- Comedy faces the new administration.
- McCain looks back.
- The McCains meet with the Obamas after the election.
- Proposition 8 supporters face the LAPD.
- The President-Elect learns exactly how many wars we are waging.
- Todd and Sarah Palin come home after the election.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils his plan to deal with the California budget crisis.
- Plus John Fugelsang!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 295: “Yes, We Did”

Starring Christopher Biewer, George Caleodis, Sean Cowhig, Kipleigh Brown, Michael Hughes, Jason Kelley, Gregg Lopez, Artemis Pebdani, Tammie Smalls, Ray Stakenas and Phillip Wilburn

Directed by Ron West (more…)

Watch Big News Episode 293: “The Final Countdown”

Those lucky enough to be at Big News’ pre-Election Day show didn’t just get a great collection of sketches - they also got to see a set by Jimmy Dore, star of the Comedy Central special “Citizen Jimmy!”

In this episode (a really great one!):

- Barack Obama and John McCain do some dirty dancing!
- An especially annoying Obama supporter wreaks havoc at the polling place!
- A 50’s teen idol gives a music guide to California’s twelve propositions!
- A West Hollywood effigy brings McCain and Palin back from the dead!
- A passionate Obama supporter convinces a woman that nothing puts it to the Republicans like putting it to her!
- NBC’s “Knight Rider” gets a new star!
- A group of Echo Park liberals show their lesbian friends how devoted they are to fighting Prop 8!
- Joe the Plumber previews his new record album!
- Christopher Columbus and his Knights crusade against gay marriage!
- Kim Jong-Il plays a surprise visit to George Bush in the Oval Office!
- And a great set by Jimmy Dore!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 293 - “The Final Countdown”

Starring Christopher Biewer, George Caleodis, Rachael Drummond, Neil Garguilo, Jimmy Guidish, Jason Kelley, Gregg Lopez, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Tammie Smalls and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Jimmy Dore

Directed by Michael Hughes (more…)

Watch Big News Episode 292: “Get Up Offa That Thing”

Barack Obama break dancing! Robocalls attack! A great set from Mad TV’s Matt Braunger! Pirates! And Al Gore in a cape! All add up to a great hour of Big News comedy!

In this episode:

- A socialist rocks the party!
- al Qaeda tries to figure out who to endorse!
- George Bush checks out Oliver Stone’s latest!
- John McCain’s robocalls take a strange twist!
- “Real” America shows its true colors!
- Google launches its latest venture with the help of laid off Yahoo workers!
- Al Gore and John Kerry help Barack Obama get ready for GOP attacks!
- An actor interprets the Dow Jones!
- Somali pirates get tested by negotiators!
- “Northern Exposure” gets a 2008 remake!
- Rush Limbaugh takes on Obama, McCain and Palin!
- And Mad TV’s Matt Braunger!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 292: “Get Up Offa That Thing”

Starring Kipleigh Brown, George Caleodis, Sean Cowhig, Neil Garguilo, Jason Kelley, Gregg Lopez, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Tammie Smalls, Brian Vestal and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Matt Braunger

Directed by Ron West (more…)

Watch Big News Episode 291: “Eve’s Plumber”

Remember those magical days when America was just starting to get tired of Joe the Plumber? Take a trip back to the very recent past with this episode of Big News, featuring special guest Raj Desai!

In this episode:

- ACORN voter registrations result in some unusual voters!
- Wolf Blitzer gives some other Joes a voice!
- Obama and McCain go at each other a third time!
- Sarah “Paylin” gets a couple of Joes to visit on the set of her porno!
- Bristol Palin’s babydaddy Levi Johnston finally talks to the press!
- A very special “Brady Bunch” episode looks at Marcia’s drug habit!
- Sarah Palin teaches Americans how to deflect questions!
- John McCain shows the consequences of the Irish taxation system!
- And Kim Jong-Il shows George Bush how he will survive his illness!
- Plus Raj Desai!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 291: “Eve’s Plumber”

Starring Christopher Biewer, Sean Cowhig, Bailee Desrocher, Jimmy Guidish, John Moody, Matt Moore, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Brian Vestal and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Raj Desai

Directed by Michael Hughes

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Watch Big News Episode 290: “Follow Up”

Remember when an economic bailout with a price tag of $700 billion seemed expensive?   Or when calling Barack Obama a terrorist seemed like a winning campaign strategy?  Enjoy this episode of Big News that takes a comic look at the height of the presidential campaign - with special guest Tom Clark!

In this episode:

- Lehman Brothers’ CEO takes a beating before Congress!

- Governor Schwarzenegger, Mayor Villaraigosa and Senator Larry Craig endorse Proposition 8!

- Tom Brokaw leads Barack Obama and John McCain in the town hall debate…

- While one of the attendees plots to get screentime!

- Nebraska’s safe haven law leads to some unintended consequences!

- Osama bin Liden gets dumped!

- George Michael testifies about the best alternative to abortion!

- In 1969 Chicago, William Ayers finds an eight-year-old supporter of the Weathermen with a big future!

- Dr. Evil loses a body part and gains a clone!

- Plus Tom Clark!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 290 - “Follow Up”


Starring Kipleigh Brown, George Caleodis, Sean Cowhig, Bailee Desrocher, Neil Garguilo, Michael Hughes, Jason Kelley, Artemis Pebdani, Ray Stakenas, Brian Vestal and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Tom Clark

Directed by Ron West

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Watch Big News Episode 289: “Can I Call You Joe Six-Pack?”

Ah, Sarah Palin. Has anyone provided so much comic relief to so many people so quickly? Certainly she made the job of coming up with an hour of news-based sketch comedy this past fall - witness this episode of Big News, which also features the comedy of Karl Hess and a special appearance by our friend Brendan McLoughlin from iO West’s Dr. God and Lusty Horde!

In this episode:

- Sarah Palin becomes Our Fair Debater!
- Joe Biden welcomes Sarah Palin on board his Crazy Train!
- NPR launches a dating service for its select listeners!
- Barney Frank works on the economic bailout with his sidekick Charles Nelson Reilly!
- Bob Seger sells Michigan as a Blue State paradise!
- Al Gore and his Goreateers fight clean coal! (With a shirtless Matt Moore, ladies!)
- A customer struggles to get her money back from a failing bank!
- Sarah Palin reads all the papers!
- Bristol Palin and fiance Levi Johnston have a special message!
- Wolf Blitzer explores how the financial crisis is affecting Elm Street, Sesame Street and Jump Street!
- Plus comedy from Karl Hess!
- And a special appearance by Brendan McLoughlin about the collapse of Washington Mutual!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 289: “Can I Call You Joe Six-Pack?”

Starring George Caleodis, Susan Deming, Jimmy Guidish, Jason Kelley, Gregg Lopez, Matt Moore, Jim Nieb, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Tammie Smalls and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Kyle Hess

Special Appearance by Brendan McLoughlin

Directed by Michael Hughes
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Watch Big News Episode 288: “Shoulda Gone To”

Nick Kroll is one of the stars of HBO’s “The Life and Times of Tim” - but the night that show premiered, Big News audiences got to enjoy his comedy live!

In this episode:

- The attendees at the White House economic summit sing a familiar tune!
- Jim Lehrer leads Barack Obama and John McCain to debate!
- A group of Claymates face the music about Mr. Aiken!
- Joe Biden tries to prove he’s crazier than Cloris Leachman!
- The wall on the US-Mexico border works the other way!
- Larry King juggles Sarah Palin, Corey Haim and Miss Teen South Carolina!
- Wolf Blitzer learns from a panel of experts that the economy is a scream!
- “30 Rock”’s Emmy win gets surprised by a crasher!
- FDR debates whether to suspend his re-election campaign!
- And the comedy of Nick Kroll!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 288: “Shoulda Gone To”

Starring Christopher Biewer, Kipleigh Brown, Bailee Desrocher, Neil Garguilo, Michael Hughes, Jason Kelley, Matt Moore, Jim Nieb, Artemis Pebdani, Tammie Smalls and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Nick Kroll

Directed by Ron West
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Watch Big News Episode 287: “Mayor, Moose-Hunter, Mother”

Sesame Street? The Jonas Brothers? But don’t mistake this show for anything on the Disney Channel - just a hilarious look at another week of the election, and the comedy of Kyle Kinane!

In this episode:
- John McCain gets roughed up by the Muppets!
- The Lehman Brothers get a good talking-to by their parents!
- The Jonas Brothers fight for virginity!
- WaMu’s collapse requires some changes to a new commercial!
- Sarah Palin takes control!
- John McCain invents the Blackberry!
- John and Cindy McCain tackle the $100,000 Pyramid!
- General Petraeus becomes the resident advisor to a Florida State sorority!
- And John McCain gets a little pharmaceutical help!
- Plus the comedy of Kyle Kinane!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 287: “Mayor, Moose-Hunter, Mother”

Starring Kipleigh Brown, George Caleodis, Sean Cowhig, Jason Kelley, Matt Moore, Jim Nieb, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Tammie Smalls and Phillip Wilburn”

Special Guest: Kyle Kihane

Directed by Ron West (more…)

Watch Big News Episode 286: “Lipstick on a Hardon Collider”

We at Big News always love when we get one of our friends from iO West to guest star with us, and this episode of Big News shows why. Craig Cackowski tackles roles like David Plouffe from the Obama campaign, Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle, and Dorothy from the Golden Girls! All that, and the comedy of Sean Conroy!

In this episode:
- The Democrats celebrate finding a way to blow yet another election! (Hey, it looked that way at the time!)
- The Hadron Collider rips a hole in John McCain’s space and time!
- The Golden Girls take on two hurricanes!
- A doctor takes his revenge on an injured Tom Brady!
- Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on the effort to recall him!
- A new “Green Acres” episode puts lipstick on a pig!
- Bud Right beer celebrates Sarah Palin!
- Mayor Villaraigosa fights Anaheim’s Curt Pringle for the passion of the Los Angeles Angels!
- Kim Jong-Il sings and dances to Billy Squier!
- Plus the comedy of Sean Conroy!
- And the Situation with Erik Charles Nielsen!

BIG NEWS EPISODE 286: “Lipstick on a Hardon Collider”

Starring Christopher Biewer, Craig Cackowski, Susan Deming, Bailee Desrocher, Neil Garguilo, Jimmy Guidish, Gregg Lopez, Melissa Okey, Artemis Pebdani, Brian Vestal and Phillip Wilburn

Special Guest: Sean Conroy

Directed by Michael Hughes
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