Not Necessarily the News


Not Necessarily the News
Not Necessarily the News
Format Satire
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run January 8, 1983 – August 26, 1990

Not Necessarily the News was a satirical sketch comedy series that ran on HBO from 1983 to 1990. It featured sketches, parody news items, commercial parodies, and humorous bits made from overdubbing or editing actual news footage. It was based on the British series, Not the Nine O'Clock News. Not Necessarily the News was also the birthplace of Rich Hall's sniglets.

It starred:

  • Anne Bloom (1983–1990), as Frosty Kimelman
  • Danny Breen (1983–1990), as Steve Casper
  • Rich Hall (1983–1990), who did a regular feature on "sniglets".
  • Mitchell Laurance (1983–1990), as news reporter Pete Kimelman.
  • Audrie J. Neenan (1983–1985), as Jacqueline Pennell
  • Stuart Pankin (1983–1985), as anchorman Bob Charles.
  • Lucy Webb (1983–1990), as Helen St. Thomas
  • Jan Hooks (1983–1984)
  • Annabelle Gurwitch (1985–1990)
  • Tom Parks (1989–1990)

NNTN was Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels' first professional television writing gig.

The show's theme song was the instrumental bridge of Eric Clapton's cover of "Motherless Children".

The series also spawned two specialized episodes that aired as occasional specials: Not Necessarily the Year in Review, and Not Necessarily the Sniglets.

The series spawned a number of Sniglet books.

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