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!

A Depressed KITT ruins David Hasselhoff’s Date!!

KITT ‘S JEALOUS by Erich Eilenberger

Starring Phillip Wilburn (David Hasselhoff), Deanna Russo (Sarah Graiman) and Gregg Lopez (KITT)

Directed by Michael Hughes

Join the Top Story! Weekly Writing Staff!!

JOIN THE WRITING STAFF OF TOP STORY! WEEKLY!!

Top Story! Weekly, the award-winning news-based sketch comedy show held every Sunday night at 9 at iO West, is looking for talented comedy writers to join its writing staff!

TS!W’s writing staff is responsible for putting together a collection of sketches for each Sunday’s show based upon the events of the previous seven days.

Requirements for staff members include:

1. Submitting two or more sketches each month (weekly submissions are welcomed!)

2. At least one week a month, attend the two production meetings:
- Wednesday night at 8:30, a writers’ meeting where sketch ideas are pitched and developed
- Thursday night at 8, a readthrough with the cast where all submitted sketches are read, a running order is selected and rewrites are assigned
- Friday afternoon by 3pm, turn in rewrites to that week’s director

To apply: Email a sketch packet (3 sketches, topical/news-oriented preferred) to tswpackets@gmail.com

- This file must be a .pdf file, a .doc file or a .rtf file.
- Email subject header should say (MY NAME) Sketch Packet

In the body of the email, please include your name, email, phone number, and availability, and a brief note about yourself and your experiences with comedy.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 16, 2012.

For more information about the show, please visit our Facebook page or our website.

Even better, come see the show at iO West, every Sunday night at 9 pm. If you have any questions, or would like to request a comp to our show for, please email us at tswpackets@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your work!

Congratulations to Erich Eilenberger and Megan DeLong!!

No one in the TS!W family is more dedicated to the show than Erich Eilenberger. He’s one of our four head writers. He’s written as many great sketches for the show as anyone else. And you can catch him in our cast from time to time as well. Plus, he’s been the inspiration for one of Phillip Wilburn’s favorite impersonations.

But this weekend is a big one for Erich - for reasons that have nothing to do with TS!W. Because today he is marrying the very lovely Megan DeLong! You can check out their wedding website here.

All of us at Top Story! Weekly wish Erich and Megan all the best for a lifetime of happiness together!

Congratulations to Tom Repetto and Sarah Finer!!!

Any list of the key people behind Top Story! Weekly has Tom Repetto at the very top. Tom is one of our show’s three directors, and since he started contributing to the show has been one of the cornerstones of our writing staff. And Tom manages all this while helping making America laugh as a clip researcher on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

But today, instead of directing a show, Tom gets the spotlight himself, as he marries the very lovely Sarah Finer! You can check out their wedding website here.

All of us at Top Story! Weekly wish Tom and Sarah all the best for a lifetime of happiness together!

The Top Story! Weekly Report for Sunday, March 27, 2011

THE TOP STORY! WEEKLY REPORT for Sunday, March 27, 2011

Starring Amy Paffrath (Anchor), Brian Vestal (Anchor), Artemis Pebdani (Cosmo Cahuenga/Debbie Reynolds), Phillip Wilburn (Anchor), Shannon Ayers (Joan Rivers), Brent Pope (AT&T Official), Gregg Lopez (David Schubert) and Andy Harris (Mark Zuckerberg)

Directed by Michael Hughes