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Overview

Not Necessarily the News is a satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on HBO in September 1982 as a comedy special, and then ran as a series 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, as Frosty Kimelman

⁕Rich Hall, who did a regular feature on "sniglets".

⁕Tommy Koenig

⁕Sam McMurray

⁕Audrie J. Neenan, as Jacqueline Pennell

⁕Danny Breen, as Steve Casper

⁕Mitchell Laurance, as news reporter Pete Kimelman.

⁕Stuart Pankin, as anchorman Bob Charles.

⁕Lucy Webb, as Helen St. Thomas

⁕Jan Hooks

⁕Annabelle Gurwitch

⁕Tom Parks

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

The show's first theme song was the instrumental bridge of Eric Clapton's cover of "Motherless Children". It was switched to "Hooray For The City" by Jack Mack & The Heart Attack in 1985.

Series Cast

  1. Lucy Webb

    Helen St. Thomas

    48 Episodes

  2. Jan Hooks

    Jan Hooks

    48 Episodes

  3. Matthew Perry

    Matthew Perry

    Bob

    48 Episodes

  4. Michael Bailey Smith

    Michael Bailey Smith

    48 Episodes

  5. Rich Hall

    Rich Hall

    48 Episodes

  6. Annabelle Gurwitch

    Annabelle Gurwitch

    48 Episodes

  7. Stuart Pankin

    Stuart Pankin

    48 Episodes

  8. Anne Bloom

    48 Episodes

  9. Mitchell Laurance

    48 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 4

1985 | 13 Episodes

Season 4 of Not Necessarily the News premiered on July 2, 1985.

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Status Ended

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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