The Noose is a Singapore comedy television series produced by MediaCorp Channel 5 which has aired in Singapore for six seasons. Although the name of the show plays on the word The News, the literal gallows humor of the program's name is unlikely to be missed by viewers in a country which executes people by hanging. The third season began airing on June 1, 2010. The fourth season began airing on March 8, 2011. The fifth season began airing on December 27, 2011 and features topics such as the Mayan Calendar and doomsday and other relevant current issues. A sixth season is slated to air starting April 2, 2013.Michelle Chong will not return to the cast for the sixth season.
The Noose is a parody of local news programmes such as News 5 Tonight, with fictional news reports and a presentation mimicking that of the actual news. For example, every episode of News 5 Tonight begins with a CGI clock indicating the time, while every episode of the first two seasons of The Noose would spoof it by displaying the time using something more mundane, such as a plastic clock hanging on a wall or an alarm clock. At the beginning of every episode, there is a candid disclaimer (voiced by Alaric Tay) telling the viewer that the stories are not true. Each episode stars Michelle Chong, Chua En Lai, Alaric Tay and Suhaimi Yusof, with various actors and actresses as newscasters and interviewees, often with parodic mannerisms and names.
The show has received recognition both locally and internationally. It earned a nomination at the International Emmy Awards 2011 in the comedy category. The cast has also been nominated and won awards and commendations at the Asian Television Awards.
Note: One of her daughters is currently in Raffles Junior College, previously from Raffles Girls' School, and another is currently studying in a polytechnic. Her son is currently serving BMT in Pulau Tekong. Though she is quite prudish, her secret identity is the Ninja Auntie. She hates being interviewed by The Noose and tries to drive them away. When she talks, she always looks a little down with her glasses on her nose with eyes looking up. She is often recognised by locals as a parody of the stereotypical "kiasu" Singaporean mother.
Nationality: Singaporean (Asian born but American claims-to-be)
Race: Chinese but claims to be "pure American Chinese"
Language: US-spoken English, US-spoken Hokkien, US-spoken Cantonese, used to know how to speak Mandarin 2 years ago
Education: Englewood University, Compton, Los Angeles
Career: Runway model, Miss Hawaiian Tropics (2005)
Awards: Best Weather Girl (2001), Best Hairdo (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), Most Bimbotic Smile of The Year 2006
Role: News Anchor
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Note: Was B.B. See's co-anchor. Feminine and overly-sensitive much to the annoyance of B.B. See, she often introduces herself with a pause between her name and surname (Adrianna, Wow!). Unike her co-anchor, she speaks with a California accent. She was replaced by Xin Hua Hua for the sixth season.
Name: Leticia Bongnino
Career: Domestic Maid
Language: Filipino-accented English with several Tagalog phrases
Email: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org in earlier episodes)
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Note: She speaks in a very uptight manner, with a slight Received Pronunciation accent. Her name is a play on the phrase "Need a good wood", which suggests sexual innuendo and also refers to Nina Goodwood, a journalist with the SBC during the 1990s.
Barbarella Bikini Babe
Name: Barbarella (her "last name" changes with each appearance)
Race Chinese (but her "mother tongue isn't very good")
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Note: A vapid SPG (she pronounces it as "aspergers") and President of the Singapore SPGs Club. She speaks with a pseudo-accent (a mixture of American and Singlish) and is obsessed with Caucasian men (she uses the Singaporean slang word of Hokkien origin, "ang moh", when referring to them) and Western culture. She is named after two of her role-models Conan the Barbarian and Cinderella. Her character has featured on two Scoot commercials in Gold Coast.
Notes: Lulu is a KTV hostess. A running gag involves her greeting audiences in Mandarin, but corrected and told to speak English. She speaks with a distinct Chinese accent and is also a weather girl, sells expensive curry powder, and is planning to sell handmade noodles (but she will be using a machine to make it).
Barbarella, Leticia and Lulu were also featured in the new launch of the "Jewel @ Buangkok" condominium advertisement.
Race: Pan-Asian (as he wants us to quote and unquote)
Language: Hainanese, Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew, and other dialects of various provinces in China.
Education: MTUC University - Majored (but failed) in "Ass-tronomy" (astronomy)
Career: PR Manager of Rochor Canal Network, Hand Model for Crimewatch Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
Awards: Best Parrot Trainer Award (2001)
Role: Field Reporter
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Note: Jacques pronounces his name as "Jack-ass" and has a habit of wearing a very short tie. The only time he pronounced his name as "Jacques" is when he spoke in French during a report on taxi drivers.
Role: Minister at Large, Ministry Without A Portfolio
Seasons: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Note: The name is a play on the phrase "Want More Pay", a dig at the reported high salaries of Singapore politicians. Wan's dress style is a parody of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Wan originally spoke Standard Singapore English, but began to speak in basilectal Singaporean English in later episodes, as a dig at politicians who speak "half-past-six " English.
Kim Johnny Un
Name: Kim Johnny Un
Role: Son of the North Korean leader
Note: He is a parody of Kim Jong Un and is commonly known only as "Johnny". During interviews, he speaks in hip hop slang.
Name: Pornsak Sukhumvit
Role: Thai correspondent
Seasons: 5, 6
Note: It is implied that he is a kathoey due to his effeminate mannerisms. There is a running gag where he tries to recite Bangkok's full ceremonial name, but stops and simply calls the city Bangkok (with the exception of his debut appearance in which he did announce its full name). His character has featured on two Scoot commercials for its Gold Coast route and on the Channel 5 game show We Are Singaporeans.
Channel 5 held a talent search programme, Are You Noose Enough, for a cameo in The Noose 6. Pornsak explained the eligibity requirements, and cameos featured include Alaric Tay, Darin Law, Chris Brownie and Diablo Tay.
Note: Kim Bong Cha secretly has a crush on North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un. Her stiff mannerisms and accent are a parody of North Korean news anchors and reporters, such as Ri Chun-hee.
See Yan Yan
Name: See Yan Yan
Role: Intern Field Reporter
Notes: See Yan Yan's name is a pun of CNN (Cable News Network). Yan Yan speaks in a faux, posh accent, and is somewhat flirtatious.