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, and the use of "neck-cuffs". The show satirises socio-cultural and political issues in Singapore as well as newsworthy local and regional incidents involving Singapore. 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 began airing on April 2, 2013, aligned with the renumbering of Mediacorp news programmes.Michelle Chong will not return to the cast for the sixth season. A seventh season began airing on 1 April 2014 (April Fools' Day), with Chong set to return to the show.
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.
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 bulletin. 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 Andre Chichak (portrayed by Alaric Tay), telling the viewers that the stories are not true, most notably by using the line 'Believing us is like believing that...' (Eg, believing that drinking a certain energy drink (Red Bull) makes you fly).
Each episode stars Michelle Chong, Chua En Lai, Alaric Tay and Suhaimi Yusof, with various actors and actresses as newscasters, field reporters and interviewees. The names of characters and issues highlighted in various sketches are often a caricature or parody of a newsworthy incident of the week.
Most recently, Maha has joined the cast and portrays Ma Hum, Molester Moon Face & Colkate Brand Ambassador.
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. 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 tiger 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, 7, 8
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 (or comma) 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. She returned in the seventh season, and rotated with the other two newscasters B.B. See and Xin Huahua. She is an obvious spoof of Channel NewsAsia anchorwoman Andrea Chow.
Email: email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org in earlier episodes)
Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8
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.
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, 7, 8
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 Australian 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 (Especially Australian 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 who is occasionally a weather girl. She speaks with a distinct Chinese accent. Her catchphrase involves her greeting audiences in Mandarin, but corrected and told to speak English. (你好，我是Lulu。 (turns to director) Speak English, OK, OK.) When first introduced, she was surprised that the show is not in Mandarin. However, through the episodes she becomes more used to the reminder to speak English.
Barbarella, Leticia and Lulu were ambassadors in the new launch of the "Jewel @ Buangkok" condominium advertisement. Lulu needed no reminder for the Mandarin TVC.
Race: Pan-Asian (as he wants us to quote and unquote)
Language: Hainanese, Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew, and other dialects of various provinces in China as well as English,French and Mandarin
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, 7, 8
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, 7, 8
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. He was originally known as just Wan Mo Peh, but after the announced salary adjustments in 2012 to ministerial pay, he was just referred to and known as Esmond Wan. 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.
Note: He is not to be confused with Pornsak Prajakwit, a Mediacorp artiste. It is implied that he is a kathoey due to his effeminate mannerisms. There is a running gag where he tries to recite the full ceremonial name of Bangkok, 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. He also appeared in the Mediacorp sitcom Spouse for House as a pole-dancing instructor.
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. A Noose report featuring the Are You Noose Enough contestants as the main cast, was also shown in the final episode.
Notes: Replaces Adrianna Wow as co-anchor in Season 6. Poached from Chinese news network CCTV according to B.B. See (amidst carrying the name of another Chinese news agency, Xinhua). He is narcissistic, and always starts the episode with the cheesy line, "Hey Ladies,..."
Notes: He had a recurring segment in season 6 where he introduced the viewers to tourist attractions in Australia, in conjunction with budget carrier Scoot which sponsored the season. His name is also a play on the word kangaroo.
Note: Henderson is a war correspondent and police beat reporter for The Noose. He is asthmatic, with attacks usually coinciding with sudden shelling of bullets and bombs. His name is a play on CNN's Anderson Cooper.
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.
Notes: Rose Pork is a pun of Roast Pork (char siu). Rose speaks Hong Kong English and Cantonese. She often compares Singapore to Hong Kong, envying Singapore's culture and cleanliness while calling Hong Kong a cramped city. She supports Pro-British Colonialism in Hong Kong.