Comedy – 1987 – HBO Special – Not Necessarily The News


Not Necessarily the News (shortened as NNTN) is an American 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….which was Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels’s first professional television writing gig. The show was considered an inspiration and a predecessor to future news satirical programs like The Daily ShowThe Colbert ReportLast Week Tonight, among others

It featured sketches, parody news items, commercial parodies, and humorous bits made from overdubbing or editing actual news footage….and it was based on the British series, Not he Nine O’Clock News….for Not Necessarily the News was also the birthplace of Rich Hall’s sniglets ….with a number of books that was also spawned..

The show’s first theme song was the instrumental bridge of Eric Clapton‘s cover of Motherless Children…..and 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 with Not Necessarily the Year in Review and Not Necessarily the Sniglets.

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