Posts Tagged "The Onion"
Stand up comedian Bill Maher accused the satirical newspaper The Onion of plagiarizing a joke of his. On Twitter this afternoon, Maher wrote, “I see The Onion stole my placenta joke that I did in Feb 2010 HBO special.”
If you follow The Onion’s link it comes to a story… from August 27, 2009, something that editor Joe Garden pointed out.
Maher obviously was telling his joke before the February 2010 aired, but he didn’t say that in his tweet — he said that they took it from his special.
Anyway, stand up comedian Daniel Tosh weighed in and mocked Bill Maher, tweeting,”calm down @billmaher plagiarism happens a lot. for example, you said “Life starts at the erection” a year after I told that joke on my show.”
In the past, this likely would have went on behind the scenes in comedy clubs or with Joe Rogan yelling at someone on-stage (OK, ok, there is more to the Rogan-Carlos Mencia story, as Rogan pointed out while on the WTF podcast). Now, through the modern miracle of the internet, we get to see the comedic backbiting go on in public.
The Onion is America’s Finest News Source. The satirical news magazine says so on the newspaper’s flag, and would The Onion ever lie to us?
The New York Times noticed this and actually wrote a story about it. Specifically about the stories and headlines that they have been doing on Vice President Joe Biden:
Political satire typically seizes on a public official’s foibles or flaws and exaggerates them — Gerald R. Ford’s clumsiness,Bill Clinton’s fast-food cravings, George W. Bush’s malapropisms, for example. Turning the craft on its head, writers at The Onion have created a caricature of the vice president that is entirely incongruous with his public image. Of all Mr. Biden’s imperfections, being a womanizer and a drunk are not on the list. In fact, he does not drink and has been, by all accounts, a devoted husband and family man for more than 30 years.
The Onion’s portrayals of Mr. Biden began as traditional vice president jokes (“Biden Pardons Single Yam in Vice-Presidential Thanksgiving Ritual”) but writers there had an epiphany last year when they discovered that tweaking their caricature of the vice president into someone virtually unrecognizable from his public persona — “Biden To Cool His Heels in Mexico For a While,” read one headline — was comic gold.
It is really weird to see a New York Times Media & Advertising article on stories that The Onion writes. The Onion is one of my most-read websites and it is weird to see a story about their articles (and hilarious headlines) in the pages (or on the screen) of a serious newspaper like the New York Times.
It really isn’t a network, rather it is a half-hour show on Comedy Central, but The Onion will be teaming up with Comedy Central to create “Onion Sports Network.”
While The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are unmitigated successes, Comedy Central’s other shows have been hit-or-miss*. While The Onion is great at what it does, I am a little skeptical of a half-hour sports parody show.
Don’t confuse OSN with ONN, the Onion News Network, since this will be a parody of ESPN rather than CNN.
Look for it in early 2011.
* Has Comedy Central had a breakout show, besides TDS and the Colbert Report, of course, since Chappelle’s Show?
One of the things that we see constantly in the satirical newspaper The Onion is stories about an “Area man.”
For example, an article from about two years ago “reported” on how Area Man Makes it Through Day. In April of 2005, The Onion reported Area Man Well-Versed in First Thirds of Great Literature. In 2001, we learned that an Area Man Likes to Think of His Own Past as Sordid.
This spawned The Onion’s Area Man t-shirt.
So what does this have to do with the iPad?
Well, there is a man named Greg Packer, who is basically an attention-seeker who tries to be quoted in as many news articles as possible as an example of the “area man” that The Onion mocks.
The New York Times’ City Room blog did a great post on Packer today, laying out the details of Packer and where he’s been. Most interesting was a link to a 2003 profile that The times did on Packer, which referred to him as an “everyman.” *
From the 2003 article:
In the last two years alone, Mr. Packer of Huntington has provided the common person’s perspective on an array of city happenings, ranging from an ‘N Sync concert to a New York Jets playoff game. He has weighed in on everything from Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing to the release of the latest ”Star Wars” film and has been quoted by The New York Post, The New York Times, Newsday, The Associated Press, National Public Radio and the major television networks — not to mention The Independent of London and The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa.
In his latest quest to be the “area man,” Packer is the first in line for an iPad. **