An Onion video released Tuesday about a fake NYPD "stop-and-kiss" policy, "which allows officers to kiss anyone who they think looks suspicious," is upsetting a lot of people on the internet who think it's real. Dumb people treating Onion stories as fact is nothing new, but reactions to this one are still pretty fun.
Here's a never-before-scene, hour-long interview with the Onion News Network team, recorded at the Paley Center in 2011. Representing ONN are producer Liz Koe and writers John Harris, Carol Kolb, Lang Fisher, and Dan Mirk. The conversation covers a wide variety of topics, including why they made so many videos about horses, how to know when comedy crosses the line, and the sketch they wanted to make but never did: Moat Diggers, the world's most boring reality show.
A day full of such IFC joy cannot avoid bringing with it a little IFC sadness. The Onion News Network has made its last broadcast and will not return for a third season. Fingers crossed that we can still get our video fix on the Onion website.
I walk over to Suzanne Sena, the star of satirical news program Onion News Network, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. for its second season on IFC, and after only 15 seconds of conversation, something is immediately clear: I’m not sure whether I’m talking to Sena or her anchor alter ego, Brooke Alvarez.
This discussion occurred two weeks ago at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, NY, where the sophomore season of ONN was filmed. ONN was being shot as if it were an actual, live news program, where the anchor has to move from one desk to another in the time it takes for a segment to air. Sena, [...]
This morning marks the deadline for a potential ONN writers strike, as well as a serious blow to our right to uninterrupted comedy broadcasting. As of this morning, failed negations between the Writers Guide of America-East and The Onion, Inc. still leaves ONN writers, as WGA says, "the only scripted live action television show now in production where the writers did not work under a WGA agreement." Without a contract, the writers are working without the promise of benefits, Guild pay or a sufficient term of employment for the show's second season, scheduled to premiere in September.
The WGA reportedly sent out an email last week calling [...]
Last month, online retailer Amazon released its first batch of original TV pilots online, allowing viewers to have a hand in deciding which ones get picked up to full series. With the broadcast networks announcing which pilots they're picking up this week, Deadline reports that Amazon will be announcing their new shows too. The company has started notifying the shows that are getting series orders, and Deadline writes that things are looking good for Alpha House and Betas, with Onion News Empire and Zombieland having solid chances as well. The report doesn't mention Those Who Can't, the schoolteacher comedy from Denver group The Grawlix that topped our list of [...]
On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.
Dan Mirk (Onion News Network) drops by for a Halloweeny episode of American Horror Story. Craig and Dan discuss spoooooky things such as what it would be like to be invisible, how Craig once pretended that he was beaten up by a penis on Halloween, and what a TV show featuring a family full of Wilsons from Home Improvement would look like.
"Why r ppl not RT this surely they cannot be that stupid!" writes Michael Robinson on Twitter, in response to this video about the CIA using Facebook via their "Overlord" Mark Zuckerberg. But they can be that stupid, Michael. They can. As evidenced by the fact that tons of people are flipping out over the video even though it's an Onion story from last March. C'mon, humans. We're better than this.
SNL has just hired another new writer for the upcoming new season: Funny or Die's Chris Kelly. Kelly left a staff job as a writer/director at the Onion News Network this spring (something he wrote about here on Splitsider) to head west to be a writer at Funny or Die (something I recently wrote about for GQ). Now, he's heading back east to start his new gig at SNL in NYC next week.
There are few things better than The Onion's Joad Cressbeckler, so I was of course excited to see today's new installment of The Cressbeckler Stance. In this episode, Joad tackles the issue of gay marriage, which he is for, as how else are you going to keep yourself warm on those cold mountaintop mining expeditions?
Last year’s news of the Onion’s relocation from New York to Chicago and the resulting loss of staff brought with it several questions about the comedy institution’s future and whether it would be able to maintain its exceptionally high standards.
I think most fans would agree any fears they might have harbored have been allayed as the paper continues to churn out some of the funniest, biting social satire available anywhere. Onion, Inc. is still transitioning to a new staff at the Onion News Network, but if the first crop of videos and background of new head writer Andy Miara are any indication, relax, you’re in good hands.
There's too soon, and then there is impressively soon; this video is from the ONN episode airing this week. In it, the Onion News Network offers a preview of the new Steve Jobs 2, an updated version of the late great Apple founder that includes voluminous curly hair, sleek white turtleneck, and "increased touch-sensitivity," which seems like both a fitting homage and something every consumer can enjoy.
We got a hot, throbbing anonymous tip that the writers of the Onion News Network joined WGA-East as of today, thus staving off the need for us to force guffaws while listening to NPR. "The ONN writers stood together and won real improvements,” WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson said in the WGA newsletter announcing the deal. "We welcome them into the WGAE and we look forward to a productive relationship with the company.”
The new agreement negotiated between WGA-E and ONN management will reportedly "increase minimum weekly compensation and provide pension and health contributions, retroactive to the start of writing earlier this summer. The producers also agreed [...]
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