front-news-join-top-storyTop Story! Weekly, the award-winning news-based sketch comedy show held every Sunday night at iO West, is looking for talented comedy writers to add to 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. Having completed at least one beginning level sketch course (including either: UCB 101; iO Sketch Writing, Second City Writing 1, etc.)
2. Submitting at least 2 topical sketches per month
3. At least one week a month, attend the week’s two production meetings:
– Wednesday night at 8:30, a writer’s pitch meeting where sketch ideas are pitched and developed
– Thursday night at 8, a read through with the cast and director where all submitted sketches are read, a running order is selected and sketch punch-ups are assigned
– Friday afternoon by 3pm, turn in punch-ups to that week’s director
4. Attending shows Sundays at 8pm at iO West
To apply: Email a sketch packet to  The packet should include 3 sketches, 1 of which must be a topical/news-oriented sketch. Each sketch should be no more than 5 pages long.
– This file must be a .PDF file, a .DOC file or a .RTF file.
– Email subject header should say (YOUR 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 11:59 PMMonday, November 2, 2015.
For more information about the show, please visit our Facebook page, our website, or better yet, come see the show at iO West, every Sunday night at 8 pm. If you have any questions, or would like to request a comp to our show, please email us at
We look forward to reading your work!
The Head Writers of Top Story! Weekly