The Newz

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The Newz
GenreSketch comedy
Created byJames McNamara
Written byWayne Page, Jeff McCarthy, Jon Ezrine, Michael Price, David Litt, Andrew Ornstein, Micheal Globerman, JoJo Liblier, Terry Ward, Shang Forbes and Micheal Wilson
Directed byTony Morina, Richie Namm (multi-camera) & Wayne Page (single camera)
StarringTommy Blaze
Mystro Clark
Deborah Magdalena
Dan O'Connor
Stan Quash
Brad Sherwood
Nancy Sullivan
Shawn Alex Thompson
Lou Thornton
Theme music composerJed Leiber & Wayne Page
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes61
Executive producersMichael Gerber, James McNamara
ProducersWayne Page, Jon Ezrine
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesCelebrity Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Television Distribution
DistributorColumbia Pictures Television Distribution
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1994 (1994-09-12) –
March 1995 (1995-03)

The Newz was a half-hour syndicated sketch comedy television series that aired in 1994 and 1995.[1] It starred Tommy Blaze, Mystro Clark, Deborah Magdalena, Dan O'Connor, Stan Quash, Brad Sherwood, Nancy Sullivan, Shawn Alex Thompson, and Lou Thornton. In addition to the main cast, regular guest stars included Melissa Savage, Mark Fenlon, Justin Cambridge, and Tim Watters as Bill Clinton. The series was produced from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.[2]

The show was notable for being the first ever nightly scripted sketch comedy show, and was conceived and created by Executive Producer James McNamara. Rather than weekly as are most sketch comedies; the show aired five nights a week, plus a repeat episode on Saturdays. The writers were: Wayne Page (Producer / Head Writer), Jeff McCarthy, Jon Ezrine, Michael Price, David Litt, Andrew Ornstein, Micheal Globerman, JoJo Liblier, Terry Ward, Shang Forbes and Michael Wilson.

Recurring segments included:

  • Tommy Blaze and the Newz, in which Blaze would deliver what was basically a monologue on recent news events. In this piece, Tommy would be seated in a chair modeled after Captain Kirk's command chair from the original Enterprise. Behind him was a wall of televisions. Tagline, "I'm not finished yet!"
  • Ask Abby and Andy, a relationship advice segment in which Abby (Sullivan) would give caring, insightful advice in response to the mailed-in problems, after which Andy (Blaze) would give his outrageous (and usually sexist) point of view on the subject.
  • Short humorous films by Thompson.
  • Quash as someone who was extremely disgruntled because of his job; e.g., as "Bag Boy" who hates bagging groceries, conceived and written by Wayne Page & Jeff McCarthy as a vehicle for Quash. "Elf Boy" who hated working for Santa Claus, or as "Caddie Boy" who was sick and tired of putting up with bad golfers.[3]
  • Malcolm X in various situations where he would deliver some of his famed speeches. The title of the sketch was always a play on his name (and self-titled biography), for example "Malcolm FedEx", after the company.
  • Tom Slack, segments starring Sherwood as a narcoleptic in high-stress jobs such as Airline Pilot, Heart Surgeon and Zeppelin Pilot on the Hindenburg.[3] conceived and written by Wayne Page & Jeff McCarthy.


  1. ^ Everett, Todd. (1994-09-15). "The Newz". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
  2. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 854. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  3. ^ a b Hinman, Catherine (September 12, 1994). "'The Newz' - Laughs At 11". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved January 9, 2014.

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