Ann Romney Gets Sick from Natalie Morales’ Questions!!

DON’T ASK ANN by Gregg Lopez

Starring Amy Paffrath (Natalie Morales), Corey Podell (Ann Romney), Gregg Lopez (Josh Romney) and Josh Rachford (Announcer)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Paul Ryan Pitches His Medicare Plan to Senior Citizens!!

PAUL RYAN MEDI-CARES FOR SENIORS by Stacy Rumaker

Starring Blake Walker (Paul Ryan), Tommy Bechtold (Buzz), Matthew Harris (Morty), Kipleigh Brown (Gladys) and Jimmy Guidish (Roy)

Directed by Michael Hughes

The Trailer for the New Season of “Downton Abbey”!!

DOWNTON ABBEY TRAILER ABBEY by Erich Eilenberger

Starring Amy Paffrath (Laura Linney), Gregg Lopez (Lord Grantham) Kipleigh Brown (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Corey Podell (Lady Mary Crawley), Jimmy Guidish (Lady Edith Crawley), Tommy Bechtold (John Bates), Blake Walker (Thomas Barrow), and Josh Rachford (Matthew Crawley)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Applicants for the Deferred Action Immigration Program Get Tested - On Their Age!

AMNESTY INTERVIEW by Andrew Payne

Starring Tommy Bechtold (Johnson), Josh Rachford (Smith), Blake Walker (Pete), Amy Paffrath (Sue), Matthew Harris (Bob), Corey Podell (Jane) and Jimmy Guidish (Jim)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Robbing Steve Jobs’ House!!

ROB JOBS by Ben Rosen

Starring Matthew Harris (Kariem McFarlin), Amy Paffrath (Entertainment Anchor), Kipleigh Brown (Siri) and Josh Rachford (Bill Gates)

Directed by Michael Hughes

The 2012 iO West Del Close Awards!!

It’s time once again for the iO West Del Close Awards!! Last year Top Story! Weekly was fortunate enough to be selected as the Best Scripted Show in for the third year in a row. And that means that we’re no longer eligible to compete for it - and that the award for Best Scripted Show is now named after us!

If you’d like to vote, and you’re a student or alumnus/a of iO West, just head over to the Del Close Awards website and cast your ballot!

And even though we’re not up for any awards, many of our cast members, writers, guest stars and colleagues are up in other categories! Watch Erik Voss, Chelsea Coleman and our old house manager Tiffani Ann Mills announce the nominees!

Congratulations to everyone affiliated with our show who got recognized:

Best Harold Team: Bandit, featuring our cast member Mike McLendon; Local 132, featuring our cast member Julia Wackenheim; and Trophy Wife, featuring our cast members Rachael Drummond and John Abbott

The Dasariski Best Improvised Non-Harold Show: Comic Book Live! with our cast member Tommy Bechtold; and Dr. God, with our cast members Sean Cowhig, Neil Garguilo and Brian O’Connell

The Top Story! Weekly Award for Best Scripted Show: Brute Squad, with our staff writer Keith Saltojanes; Pilot, with our cast members Sean Cowhig and Neil Garguilo (and with guest direction from our cast member Artemis Pebdani); and Super Kudzu, with our cast member John Druska and our staff writers Michael McAlister and Taylor Orci, and directed by our cast member Brian O’Connell.

The Award for That Other Show: The One-Hour Improv Festival with English-Speaking Moose, with our staff writer Keith Saltojanes and our TS!W Report contributor Skander Halim.

Best New Show: Brute Squad, with our staff writer Keith Saltojanes; Glory Stories, with our cast members Tommy Bechtold, Sean Cowhig and Neil Garguilo, and our Sunday night bartender Josh Mattingly ; and HMS Death, with our Sunday night bartender Josh Mattingly.

Most Supportive Improviser: Our Sunday night house manager Josh Lassman.

Coach of the Year: Our cast member Brian O’Connell

Teacher of the Year: Our cast member Brian O’Connell

Best Poster: The Dick and the Dame, with our writer/segment producer Stacy Rumaker; Triggerfinger, with our cast members Damien Fahey and Grasie Mercedes and our writer/segment producer Stacy Rumaker; Trophy Wife, featuring our cast members Rachael Drummond and John Abbott; and Turner and Hooch 2: Murder at Wackenheim Manor, with our cast member Julia Wackenheim.

The Jon Crowley and Rebecca Stevens Award for Satisfying Service: Our Sunday night house manager Josh Lassman

Don’t miss the ceremony Monday, August 27 at iO West - we’ll be presenting The Top Story! Weekly Award for Best Scripted Show - and if you’re a student or alumnus of iO West, cast your ballot by this Friday, August 24!

And check out some photos of us at 2009’s ceremony here and here!

Middle School Girls Are Behind Mitt Romney’s Negative Ads!

MEAN GIRL SUPER PACS by Tommy Bechtold

Starring Blake Walker (Karl Rove), Gregg Lopez (Mitt Romney), Kipleigh Brown (Emma), Corey Podell (Britney) and Amy Paffrath (Lucy)

Directed by Michael Hughes

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With Jennifer Aniston’s Engagement?

THE ANISTON ENGAGEMENT by John McNamee

Starring Shannon Swanson (Jennifer Aniston), Gregg Lopez (Justin Theroux), Kipleigh Brown (Angelina Jolie) and Tommy Bechtold (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Julian Assange Crashes at Ecuador’s Embassy!!

WIKIGUEST by Toby Muresianu

Starring Jimmy Guidish (Julian Assange), Amy Paffrath (Ana Alban), Matthew Harris (Rafael Correa) and Blake Walker (British Cop)

Directed by Michael Hughes

The Top Story! Weekly Report for Sunday, August 19, 2012!!

THE TOP STORY! WEEKLY REPORT FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012

Starring Kipleigh Brown (Anchor), Matthew Harris (Anchor), Amy Paffrath (Entertainment Anchor), Jimmy Guidish (Bill Clinton), Tommy Bechtold (Cheating Scrabble Contestant), Blake Walker (Robert Pattinson), Shannon Swanson (New Jersey Student), Corey Podell (Imane Boudlal), Gregg Lopez (Hipster) and Josh Rachford (Tom Corbett)

Directed by Michael Hughes