After running for five years, the festival Just For Laughs Chicago is taking 2014 off, but The Onion and The A.V. Club are swooping in with their own Chicago comedy festival. Titled "The 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival," the event is set to take place from June 12th to June 14th, with Marc Maron, Tig Notaro, Kyle Kinane, and a live installment of Comedy Bang! Bang! on the bill. Tickets are available now.
The Onion's movie critic Peter K. Rosenthal has filed another review, this time eviscerating Steven Spielberg's classic E.T. for not delivering on the promise of an electronic turtle it makes in its title. Hopefully, Spielberg will one day acknowledge and respond to Rosenthal's complaint.
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.
It’s a story as old as time itself: man dislikes his job, decides to pursue a career in comedy, sends a bunch of unsolicited work into The Onion, and eventually becomes editor of the world’s most popular satirical news site. Well, maybe it’s not that conventional, but it is the general career outline of newly-appointed Onion editor Cole Bolton. A former associate economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and research associate at Harvard Business School, Bolton’s comedy experience was practically nonexistent before he joined The Onion as a contributing writer in 2006. But despite never once being a member of a college improv troupe, Bolton’s passion and [...]
Adult Swim has been quietly airing this fake infomercial for "For-Profit Online University" all this week at 4am. FPOU is a one-off special from a conglomerate of former Onion writers called Wild Aggressive Dog, which is made up of Geoff Haggerty, Dan Klein, Matthew Klinman, Michael Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky, and Sam West. FPOU was written and directed by West, with some writing assistance from the other Wild Aggressive Dog writers, and it stars Nicole Byer, Nick Corirossi, and Brian Huskey, among others. The network has been airing faux-infomercial's late at night, like Michael Ian Black's series You're Whole or Rob Huebel's one-off Dragon Shumway knife infomercial, but FPOU is the [...]
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.
Here's a sponsored video The Onion made for Late Night with Seth Meyers, in which they cover the recent SNL plot twist that killed off beloved character "Seth Meyers" and get a statement from Steve Peterson, the actor who played Seth on the show for 13 years.
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."
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