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.
"[The ad] reportedly features Seinfeld pictured with a bespectacled, balding man, a dark-haired woman, and a second taller and more frazzled-looking man, all of whom are hugging one another, leading many to conclude that these individuals are also characters in the show and may be part of Jerry Seinfeld’s fictional family, the Seinfelds."
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.
Last year, online retailer Amazon began developing six comedy pilots to be released streaming a la Netflix's recent push to produce its own original programming, and beloved comedic actor Jeffrey Tambor has just been cast in one of Amazon's new pilots, Deadline reports. Tambor will star in The Onion Presents: The News, a comedy that takes place behind the scenes of The Onion News Network. His character is David Everett, the network's oldest and most respected anchor who fears his job is being threatened by a younger journalist named Cameron, whom he hates. The show is created by Will Graham & Dan Mirk (The Onion News Network, The [...]
Working as an editor for my college’s satirical newspaper, I learned one unassailable fact: we would never be as funny as The Onion. As proud as I was of the work we produced at that publication – the Kenyon Collegiate, for those Ohio liberal arts college comedy aficionados among you – it never came close to the consistency, scope or focus of America’s Finest News Source. Part of this, of course, is due to a limited talent pool and zero resources. Part of it is due to a blatant aping of their style (a working title for the newspaper was The Kenyon Carrot). Mostly, though, it’s because good satire [...]
Fake news juggernaut The Onion turned 25 yesterday. It was 1988 when two college students started the publication as a print newspaper. Now, The Onion is now a comedic institution, boasting a website with multiple sections, various TV projects, several books, the Onion News Network, and various other web videos. Two and a half decades after its inception, The Onion is sharp as ever and a home to some of the sharpest comedy writers around.
Here's a new video from The Onion about a couple of friends whose web series has the rare distinction of having 100 people watch it – the ultimate goal of any web series about two guys playing fictionalized versions of themselves in their apartment.
Over the years, The Onion has branched out into TV, film, web video, and books, and now the franchise is taking on another piece of new territory: live theater. The folks behind the revered satirical news entity just announced they'll be teaming up with The Second City, another Chicago-based comedy institution, for The Onion Live!, a stage show that will tour the country this fall. In a statement, The Onion said the show will teach audiences "The Onion’s journalism secrets through a series of presentations from the same news and lifestyle experts who train The Onion’s handsome, knowledgeable staff. Audiences will learn everything from how to chase a scoop [...]
If you have a Kindle and enjoy laughing at The Onion's unique brand of political satire, specifically its depiction of 'Diamond Joe' Biden as a fun-loving bro who enjoys booze, babes, and cars, you're in luck. Today The Onion is releasing The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden, a special Kindle Single available for just $2.99. If that's not enough for you, Diamond Joe will be doing an AMA on Reddit later this afternoon as well. Read about Diamond Joe's lifetime of exploits before the real, much less exciting guy gets re-inaugurated next week.
The Onion will stop publishing its last few print publications this December. Crain's Chicago Business reports that the newspaper version of the long-running satirical publication, which is now only distributed in Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, will stop after Dec. 12's issue. The paper had been around for 25 years, since The Onion began in Madison back in 1988. It launched its website in 1996, and now will move entirely into digital and its "new creative service for advertisers."
There have been a lot of changes over the years at The Onion. The company moved its editorial staff to Chicago last year, much to the disappointment of many of its writers.
During last night's Oscars ceremony, The Onion fired off a controversial tweet about one of the nominees before quickly deleting it an hour later. The original tweet read:
Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a cunt, right? #Oscars2013
Many on Twitter and blogs felt the joke about the nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star was offensive and that such a vulgar word shouldn't have been used in regards to a child, while others like Time's Joel Stein and comedian Dave Anthony came to The Onion's defense by arguing that everyone was missing the tweet's satirical point and that [...]
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