Publication's name[ edit ] Reportedly, it was co-founder Chris Johnson's uncle—Nells Johnson—who came up with the idea to name the paper The Onion. They had literally just cut up the onion and put it on bread.
This account was recently disputed by an editor of The Onion, Cole Bolton, during an event at the University of Chicago. Bolton called Mills's account "the dumbest explanation" and asserted that it is likely wrong. According to Bolton, the most plausible explanation is that The Onion was mocking a campus newsletter called The Union.
The publication primarily consisted of a mix of Dikkers's cartoons, Spy magazine-like satire, and short fiction. The bottom three inches were reserved as ad space for coupons that were typically purchased by local, student-centered or inexpensive establishments, such as eateries and video rental stores. Magazine, Dikkers discussed Onion, Inc. With a pilot and the first two episodes in post-production, Dikkers said, "I think what sets us apart is we've intentionally formed a tightly knit group of funny performers.
A lot of these other shows are created by year-olds, written by year-olds and performed by year-olds". Smigel said that after being introduced to The Onion by Bob Odenkirk a year earlier, "it jumped out at me as something completely original and great, and I really wanted to use it on the show". Although four fake news segments anchored by Stephen Colbert were recorded, only one of the segments actually aired.
So it's a combination of students and pretty impressive people. I get the feeling that the print version is read by people hanging out in bars". Now for the Fox Network. While the minute pilot, which was completed in , was never picked up as a series for production, its creation lead to steady writing work for Karlin and other former Onion staffers, such as writing some episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast on the Cartoon Network.
In the wake of Karlin's departure, long time staff writer Rob Siegel  assumed the publication's duties as editor of the publication. To Pork Janet Jackson". The titular "Virtual Bill" character was a quasi-realistic CGI version of Bill Clinton created by studio Protozoa who introduced music videos and told jokes written by the staff of The Onion.
The voice of Virtual Bill was provided by then editor Dikkers. After the initial premiere, Virtual Bill returned to MTV on December 17, with another TV special and an interactive web special produced by Pulse that ported the 3D data into a web compatible format using Pulse's proprietary plug-in. I came to New York.
Jon and I connected. It was kind of like a slightly awkward, but successful, first date. When I got back to Los Angeles, they offered me the head writer job". The book featured mocked-up newspaper front pages from the entire 20th century, presented under the premise that the publication had been continuously in print since before I mean, what are they going to do?
Add a sickly-but-adorable moppet? The popularity, and critical praise, of the issue resulted in The Onion's website's online traffic nearly doubling in the weeks following the attacks. Entertainment industry trade magazine Variety theorized, "It's not clear if Bay—a frequent object of The Onion's satire—requested the move. The sale was a process that had been in the works since July and according to a memo from then owner Haise, "[Schafer] understands our quirky company and knows that we need some time to get to a higher level of operations and sales.
Buying it was a bit of a shot in the dark, but we felt we could get a handle on it. DealBook expanding on the discussion by stating, "While a source tells DealBook that such a deal has indeed been discussed, it is in very early stages and may never happen. Randazzo first became a writer for The Onion in and—in his role as an editor—became the first editor of the publication that had no connection to The Onion during the publication's initial Madison, Wisconsin era.
Try Liposuction on that Pesky Head. Herman Zweibel stating he'd sold the publication to a Chinese company—Yu Wan Mei Corporation—resulting in a week-long series of Chinese-related articles and features throughout the publication's website and print editions. We are, in fact, still a solvent independently owned American company. The news of the move left many of the writers—who moved with the publication from Madison to New York City in —"blindsided", putting them in a position to decide whether to uproot themselves from New York City and follow the publication to Chicago, which was already home to the company's corporate headquarters.
At a comedy show on September 27, , then editor Joe Randazzo announced that he would not be joining the staff in Chicago. The Onion has always thrived on the youngest, greenest people. According to the comedy website Splitsider , "The Onion writers had nothing else going on, and AdultSwim. But only because they smelled a business opportunity. Adult Swim is just looking at it from a business standpoint.
Our advisors will continue to have those conversations and, hopefully, they will lead to the right outcome. Club centered on celebrity culture—was launched. We have less demand for a ton of new content for a brand. There's demand, but we just overestimated what the demand is. McAvoy said in a memo to staff. In January , it was announced that The Onion was partnering with Lionsgate Films and production company Serious Business to develop multiple film projects.
To the basement you go, Pulitzers. A source familiar with the situation said that departures were partially due to disagreements about the direction the site was taking under the ownership of Univision. By the time the print edition of The Onion ceased publication in December , it was only available in Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence. At its peak, The Onion had a print circulation of about , while the publication's websites brought in more than 10 million unique monthly visitors.
Below is a list of all of the cities in which The Onion was distributed freely at different points from to