Not Necessarily the News Format Satire Country of origin USA Production Running time 30 minutes Broadcast Original channel HBO Original run August 1983 – August 26, 1990 is a satirical sketch comedy series that first aired on Not Necessarily the News 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.
Anne Bloom (1982–1990), as Frosty Kimelman Rich Hall (1982–1990), who did a regular feature on " sniglets". Tommy Koenig (1982) Sam McMurray (1982) Audrie J. Neenan (1982–1985), as Jacqueline Pennell Danny Breen (1983–1990), as Steve Casper Mitchell Laurance (1983–1990), as news reporter Pete Kimelman. 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 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.
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. External links [edit ]
Television hosting Major appearances Other television work (writer, 1985–1987) Not Necessarily the News (writer, 1987–1988) The Wilton North Report (writer, 1988–1991) Saturday Night Live (writer, 1991) Lookwell (writer, producer, 1991–1993) The Simpsons (creator, 2007) Andy Barker, P.I. (executive producer, 2010) Operating Instructions (executive co-producer, 2010) Outlaw (executive producer, 2011–present) Eagleheart Other work Collaborators Related articles