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'The A.V. Club' Announces the Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival

For the second year in a row, The Onion and The A.V. Club are teaming up for the "26th Annual Comedy Festival" in Chicago, and today they announced 2015's expanded lineup. This year's festival will take place in various Chicago venues from Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th and is set to include standup, film screenings, and live Q&As featuring Weird Al Yankovic, John Mulaney, Eric Andre, Adam Resnick, writers from The Onion and The Simpsons, and plenty more. Check out the full schedule below, then head over to 26comedy.com to buy tickets Friday at noon.

No Joke, 'BuzzFeed' Just Hired 'Clickhole' Editor Daniel Kibblesmith

Today's most bizarre news item comes courtesy of Poynter, and it reads like an Onion headline: An editor from The Onion's BuzzFeed/Upworthy parody site Clickhole has been hired at BuzzFeed. According to the report, Clickhole associate editor Daniel Kibblesmith has officially accepted a position as a BuzzFeed staff writer. "Daniel first came to our attention with his powerful and important Clickhole piece, 'Which Hungry Hungry Hippo Are You?,' which is not just a profound philosophical question, but a major quiz opportunity that we ourselves had somehow overlooked," BuzzFeed editorial director Jack Shepherd said on the announcement. "As you can imagine, we are extremely excited to have him [...]

'The Onion' Debuts a Vulgar New Web Series Parodying 'The NY Times' Wedding Announcements

Today, The Onion launched a new web series called Who's Fucking?, a parody of The New York Times's wedding announcement column, "Vows," in which couples eagerly and sincerely announce that they're having sex with one another. All episodes of the three-part series were released today (the other two are embedded below). Despite being titled Who's Fucking? and being full of obscene sex talk, I deem these video SFW (safe for work) and encourage you to crank your speakers up and make sure your boss is in the room before clicking on one.

The Onion and The A.V. Club Are Planning 'The 1st Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival'

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 Film Critic Is Back with a Serious Complaint About 'E.T.'

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.

'The Onion' Responds to the 'Charlie Hebdo' Terrorist Attack

The Onion has responded to today's tragic terrorist attack at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo with a new article titled "It Sadly Unclear Whether This Article Will Put Lives At Risk." The post echoes much of what former Onion editor Joe Randazzo wrote at MSNBC earlier today, and while it's way too honest and heartbreaking to be funny, it serves as both a strange read and powerful display of solidarity from one humor publication to another. Here's an excerpt:

Those familiar with the situation told reporters that if someone were to read the very words written here and be offended by them, it would [...]

'The Onion,' 'The A.V. Club,' and 'Clickhole' Are Prepping for a Sale

Funny or Die isn't the only comedy site considering a big sale this week. Bloomberg reports today that Onion Inc. — owner of pop culture and satirical sites The Onion, The A.V. Club, and Clickhole — has also hired a financial advisor for a possible sale of the company. Onion's CEO Steve Hannah declined to comment on the news, but the company is reportedly working with an investment bank to look into their options. Like Funny or Die, it's unclear how a sale would affect Onion Inc's sites. Hopefully The Onion's news item about God's plans to kick off humanity's mass extinction next [...]

Inside 'The Onion's New Click-Bait Parody, ClickHole.com

ClickHole.com, The Onion’s new standalone site, debuts today. It’s an exciting project months in the making, managed by ClickHole editor Jermaine Affonso. Affonso, previously a senior writer for The Onion, talked to Splitsider about his vision for the site and what readers can expect. "This site is The Onion’s response to click-bait content," Affonso explains. "If The Onion is a parody of news prints and The Onion News Network is a parody of cable news, then ClickHole is a parody of online media.”

Talking to 'The Onion's New Editor, Cole Bolton

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 [...]

Here's an Infomercial for a Fake College Written by Ex-'Onion' Writers that Adult Swim Has Been Airing at 4AM

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 [...]

Former 'Onion' Editor on the 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack: "We Cannot Police Our Own Thoughts"

"They cannot kill everyone who disagrees with them. There are not enough bullets in the world for that. The most responsible thing we can do is be aware that the most likely threat to freedom will now come from within. We cannot, should not, police our own thoughts – or the thoughts of our fellow citizens. Because the First Amendment does not just protect our free speech; it protects all expression, including religion."

- In a piece for MSNBC, former Onion editor Joe Randazzo reflects on today's horrific terrorist attack at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people including editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier.

Facebook Is Testing a "Satire" Tag So Dumb People Will Stop Getting Fooled by 'The Onion'

Within the past few weeks, Facebook has been rolling out a new feature that tags links from The Onion with a "[Satire]" warning, effectively killing the whole point of the website and making Facebook a safer place for dumb people everywhere. The "satire" tag doesn't show up when it's originally posted to Facebook but instead after users click through to the site then return to Facebook, where a list of three "related articles" appear. Probably the strangest part of the implementation is that it's limited to the "related articles" section only, and other satire sites such as Onion's Buzzfeed parody Clickhole are currently exempt from getting the [...]

'The Onion' to Parody Buzzfeed and Upworthy with New Site Clickhole.com

Buzzfeed and Upworthy are about to be the butt of a bunch of gags by The Onion. According to an announcement made by Onion News Network host Jim Haggerty (played by Brad Holbrook) at New York's digital content NewFront presentations yesterday, the site is planning to launch Clickhole.com in June, which will put "content and sponsored posts side by side, with barely any distinction between them." Some items that will be featured on Clickhole.com will include, per the New York Business Journal:

  • Quizzes like "Which pizza should I have for dinner tonight? (presented by Pizza Hut)"
  • Uplifting personal tales in list forms: "Seven pricks that defied the [...]

'The Onion' Reports on the Death of Beloved 'SNL' Character "Seth Meyers"

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.