The Noose is an award winning Singapore comedy TV series produced by MediaCorp Channel 5 which has aired in Singapore for five seasons. It parodies local news programmes such as News 5 Tonight, with fictional news reports and hilarious characters and skits. The show has received recognition both locally and internationally, even earning a nomination at the International Emmy Awards 2011 in the comedy category. Cast: Chua En Lai Michelle Chong Gurmit Singh (Ex-cast) Alaric Tay Suhaimi Yusof Judee Tan Original run: November 4, 2007 – present
My favourite characters are the ones played by Michelle Chong such as Barberella, Nida Goodwood, Leticia and Nancy Goh. Her impersonations of the stereotypical characters are extremely on point and entertaining! Never fails to pick me up after a long day at school.
I think that this show is a really good reminder for us Singaporeans to loosen up and not take things too seriously. A lot of the time, the things that make the news in Singapore are not even of high importance. Perhaps, when we learn to look past the petty things, only then can we focus on the issues that really matter.
The Noose tackles local current affairs using a satirical approach, and hilarity ensues. I love the show for its witty dialogue and memorable characters, such as Barberella, Leticia and Terry etc. This show makes me feel happy when I'm overseas or away from home.
There's a reason why the Noose is my favourite production, and probably the only local production show I watch. It shows a humorous and witty side that Singaporeans have, and tackles various ongoing current issues in Singapore society.
For example, the stereotype of filipino maids having bangadeshi workers as their boyfriends. Characters of Leticia and Terry have fit into the category really well. Foreigners or tourists would not understand some jokes. The Noose has a habit of making fun of some of current affairs too. Singaporeans who are abroad can catch up on the episode on the internet and laugh their hearts out.
At times I would find myself using the jokes when I am with my friends as they too would find it hilarious. I hope that Channel 5 would renew The Noose for another season. However, it wouldn't be the same without Michelle Chong as one of the main cast. She is a really good comedian and held a few well known characters in the sitcom. Hope to have her as a guest or back as one of the main cast soon!
I really wish each session of The Noose could be longer than half an hour, because I can never get enough of it. :)
M favourite of them all is Xin Hua Hua, but I do miss Barbarella, Leticia and Lulu, all who originate from the same actress. Unfortunately, she had left the crew some time ago. I can’t wait for the new season of The Noose, it’s seriously hilarious! You are strongly advised to watch The Noose! :)
Sometimes I wonder whether the segments are not actually real stories and I have to ask around to make sure they are joking. The recent 'report' on the government giving out entertainment vouchers to encourage romance was a case in point. I am still not convinced they stole it from Channel News Asia.
I am delighted that it is also seen on the Comedy Channel. I am not sure how it would translate overseas, but with Henderson Pooper and BBSEe, how can it miss.
Who ever said Singaporeans have no sense of humour?
Perhaps it succeeds because over the top acting is what is required to pull off this comedy. But the actors do a great job at putting a comic twist to current affairs and local news. Michelle Chong in particular is a natural chameleon. All the actors take on multiple roles, but her rendition of newscaster, Barbarella the weather girl, Lulu the KTV Hostess, Leticia the maid, and many others are so natural that you can actually believe it.
In many ways, the show lightens the mood. In uptight and stress-filled Singapore, its delivery is perfect encouraging Singaporeans to relax.
Also, sometimes they would subtly highlight how stupid people can be, which eventually boils down to, 'why are we taking life is such a serious and mundane manner, can you just chill and relax with a glass of wine?'
My fav of them actors all, has to be Michelle Chong, this very talented woman who impersonates almost anyone really flawlessly - inparticular Leticia and Babarella Something-something.
I wish there was another upcoming season!
I'm not someone who catches the news regularly by nature, nor am I someone who checks the newspaper every morning to stay in tune with current affairs. Of course, I still get the news from word of mouth from time to time, but other than that, I don't really follow current affairs unless it really catches my interest and attention. The Noose, on the other hand, pulls me in without fail and unwittingly updates me on local news whether I like it or not.
What I like about The Noose is the way it offers such a unique perspective on Singaporean news, even going so far as to use satire and tongue-in-cheek humour to pull viewers in. Viewers of all ages tune in and enjoy it immensely, and while doing so get updated about our local news as well. I personally want to applaud Channel 5 for churning out The Noose, because what better way to pull the young folk of Singapore in to know more about what's happening in our country by presenting it in a harmless but entertaining way? I don't know about you, but after I watch The Noose, I'm a little more interested in catching up on the news through the papers.
A great production on Channel 5, and one I would hate to miss.
Those attuned to this programme will register several prominent characters, of which Leticia Bongnino, the maid who has a boyfriend named Terry, is my favourite. Her role highlights the vibrancy of the maid in Singapore, where an increasingly affluent lifestyle has led to an influx of domestic helpers as the owners shy away from household chores, which they perceive as menial work. Belinda Chong's sharp wit and sarcasm is indeed a must see as she stars as a TV Presenter, Leticia and a PRC reporter throughout the series.
Other characters though, doesn't stand out. I perceive them as mainly complementary players that boost the acting of the main characters. However, each episode, featuring a unique story line as they tackle different issues surrounding Singapore, is indeed witty, humorous and offers a fresh perspective of many issues.
The news pokes fun at the happenings in Singapore. Not only does it makes me laugh, it also strikes a chord with Singaporeans and i feel this is good because sometimes they speak out our thoughts, and its an avenue to laugh and share similar frustrations with them about the daily lives of a Singaporean.
A smart and hilarious TV production that i am proud of that is not afraid to touch sensitive boundaries but yet not become a 'complain' show