The Onion

A Golden Age of Satire

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

With modern epidemics, the metaphor has shifted to a viral spread as a means of quantifying the 24-hour news cycle and the proliferation of information on the internet. But in both eras, new media are met with a breed of satire, which in its propensity to be taken as fact, exposes the excesses of said media. And so, at the very least, we can thank Rupert Murdoch for another golden age of satire.

Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed

The Onion | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

JOHANNESBURG—Following the death of former South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela today at the age of 95, sources confirmed ...

Forget About Paris Brown, the Police Are Good Tweeters

Jamie Bartlett | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jamie Bartlett

Another police-Twitter scandal over the weekend. The feed of 17 year old Paris Brown, the first Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, contained some pretty stupid things she'd tweeted a couple of years ago. This is a new genre of story: public-servant-said-something-silly-on-Twitter.

WATCH: Blockbuster As A Living Museum

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK Comedy

A hat-tip to tweeter @woodo79 for alerting us to this gem of a sketch by The Onion. It's a spoof news report about the success of a Blockbuster sto...

Who Is The Sexiest Man Alive?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

Oh, People's Daily! We've all done it. We've all done a double-take at a headline and then realised it's a spoof from fake news site 'The Onion'. T...

WATCH: The Onion Talks Spoofs Social Media Experts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Comedy

Ha! Remember The Onion Talks - in which the very funny people at The Onion spoof the very worthy and serious TED Talks? Well, they've just done anothe...

WATCH: TED Talks Get Spoofed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Comedy

Weren't lucky enough to be among the live audience for Barry Buchwalter's recent inspiring lecture on loudness? Not a problem. Organisers from The Oni...

WATCH: Romney's Google Search History Leaked By The Onion

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Comedy

What have "average wife lifespan", "human teeth parade" and "Holocaust bloopers" got in common? Well, they were all among Mitt Romney's recent Google ...

Iranian News Agency Runs Spoof Obama Story As Fact

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Comedy

Iran's top news agency Fars has issued an apology after running a story lifted from satirical website The Onion - unaware that it was actually a spoof...

'American Voters Prefer Ahmadinejad To Obama'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK

An Iranian news agency with ties to the government has mistakenly reported a spoof story that rural white Americans would prefer President Mahmoud Ahm...

WATCH: Is This America's Answer To Derek Acorah?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Comedy

If there's one thing we like more than people making fun of Derek Acorah, it's people making fun of mediums in general. So it's with great delight ...

Webby Awards Nominees: Who's Flying The Comedy Flag For Britain?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Comedy

The Webby Awards - "the leading international award honouring excellence on the Internet" - have announced their 2012 nominees. While the Webbys re...

Sky Arts To Air Onion News Network

www.chortle.co.uk | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Comedy

Sky Arts is to air The Onion’s satirical TV show after striking an exclusive deal with an international distributor. The Onion News Network is pa...