Onion Thriving After Going Digital

Four months after discontinuing the print version of its satirical newspaper, The Onion is thriving as a digital media company according to the Chicago Tribune. Boosting the company’s bottom line is Onion Labs, an in-house advertising agency that the Tribune says secures six-figure work from major brands seeking to benefit from Onion-produced video content. The […]

Louis C.K., The Onion earn Webby Awards

While self-published books have allowed authors to slip under the distribution gate that is The Powers That Be, comedian Louis C.K. simply opened the gate and let himself in last year when he began selling his new standup comedy special, Louis C.K. – Live at the Beach Theater, directly to his fans via his web […]

Onion Founding Editor Back For Third Stint

Eight months after The Onion announced it was moving its headquarters to Chicago from New York, “nearly a third of the 23 New York-based editorial staffers rejected as relocation package”, according to a recent story in the Chicago Tribune. The news is one of the more interesting bits in a story that rehashes some information, […]

New Book Lists America’s 50 Funniest Writers

James Thurber, Woody Allen and David Sedaris are among America’s 50 funniest writers, living and dead, as suggested by comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz (left) in his new book The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion published by The Library of America. Also making the grade were: […]

Onion Tweets Draw Police Response

Did America’s top satirical news site cross a line or has the line between fake and real news organizations become so blurred that people now think of them as one in the same? That’s the question many people are asking after “breaking” news tweets Thursday by The Onion stated “Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard […]

Debut Novel Garners Hely 2010 Thurber Prize

Steve Hely, a writer for the NBC comedy series The Office, won the 2010 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his debut novel, How I Became a Famous Novelist. Created in 1997, the Thurber Prize for American Humor is presented by The Thurber House, is a non-profit literary center and museum located in the Columbus, […]

Drunk Stoned…A Lively Reminder of Forgotten Era

A hip, subversive, and often bawdy publication, the National Lampoon magazine was – popularity wise – The Onion of it’s time, bursting onto the scene in April 1970 before delivering a career-launching theater production (Lemmings), sending key contributors to a then-emerging Saturday Night Live, and releasing a comedy classic in Animal House. But like a […]