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It was more amusing than piano-playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis’ Internet comedy show.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE


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Zach Galifianakis to Obama: ‘What Is It Like to Be the Last Black President?’

The president appeared on comedic actor Zach Galifianakis’ satirical online program “Between Two Ferns” to plug the Affordable Care Act. Some of it will make you laugh.

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Satire: Bill Nye Science Guy Debates GOP Rep. Gohmert on Gravity

David Gregory’s “Meet the Press” hosted a debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert on whether gravity is just a theory.

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RoboFlop

The new “RoboCop” film is a sterling example of how runaway corporatism flattens and sanitizes satirical art, Ben Walters writes at The Guardian.

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Satire: ‘I Smoked Pot With David Brooks’

If you’ve read David Brooks’ column about weed, in which The New York Times scribe presents himself as a once-cool kid who got wise and found more fulfilling and morally sound pleasures in the conservative movement, then you know it’s begging to be made fun of.

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The Solid Nonpareil

Laughter was Mark Twain’s stock in trade, and for 30 years as bestselling author and star attraction on America’s late-nineteenth-century lecture stage, he produced it in sufficient quantity to make bearable the acquaintance with grief that he knew to be generously distributed among all present in the Boston Lyceum or a Tennessee saloon.

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The American Way of Manners

Dear Col. Manners, In a recent New York Times piece, reporters James Risen and Laura Poitras describe the agency’s long-term goal as “being able to collect virtually everything available in the digital world.” Or as one of the NSA’s programs, Treasure Map, puts it: “any device, anywhere, all the time.” Doesn’t this strike you as overreach of a major sort?

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The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

An old and knowledgeable friend, Colonel Manners (ret.), is ready to step into the void left by the Dear Abby column in the classic military newspaper Stars and Stripes. His assignment: to answer letters from Americans puzzled by the etiquette, manners, and language of the arcane national security world of Washington.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Let’s Be Old-Fashioned’: Remembering Gore Vidal

When, exactly, to give him the bad news? Before our interview? That would spoil the conversation. Lunch would be best. But when, exactly? Before the first course, during the meal, or ought I to delay until dessert?

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GOP Senator’s Obamacare Threat, Weiner’s Alleged New Sex Chats, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert skewers McDonald’s over its unrealistic employee budget tool and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stirs things up with House Speaker John Boehner.

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‘SNL’: Dennis Rodman Appears in Skit Mocking North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

In this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s version of the North Korean ruler made a couple of major announcements regarding state policy on nuclear weapons and gay marriage.

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Jon Stewart Stands Up for ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’ After Arrest

Bassem Youssef, the famous Egyptian TV host and influential political satirist, was arrested over the weekend on charges that he insulted Mohamed Morsi and Islam. (As the real Jon Stewart noted, “if insulting the president and Islam were a jailable offense here ... Fox News go bye bye!”)

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The NRA Won’t Like This Jim Carrey Anti-Gun Music Video

The comedian, who supports gun control, will probably earn the National Rifle Association’s ire by starring in a satirical Funny or Die video that spoofs firearms enthusiasts like the late Charlton Heston, the NRA’s former spokesman.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Borowitz on How Dick Cheney Marked 10th Anniversary of Iraq War

“Making up a reason to invade a country is the easy part,” the former vice president said, according to a satirical story in The New Yorker. “Sticking to a pretend story for ten years—that is the stuff of valor.”

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Breitbart Site Duped by Fake Paul Krugman Bankruptcy Story

A Breitbart.com editor fell hook, line and sinker for a satirical story that claimed economist Krugman had filed for personal bankruptcy after accumulating more than $7 million in debt. The New York Times columnist took to his blog to respond to the hoax Monday.

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Borowitz: U.S. May Not Be Able to Invade Countries for No Reason Due to Cuts

One good thing might come out of the sequester, according to comedian Andy Borowitz. In a satirical report for The New Yorker, he writes that the budget cuts may prevent American forces from fighting “totally optional wars based on bogus pretexts.”

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‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

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Whither ‘Colbert Report’?

On Wednesday, Comedy Central announced that “The Colbert Report,” one of its most successful and perennially popular offerings, would be airing repeats that night and Thursday. Taping of the show on those two days was canceled. No big whoop, except the network didn’t offer much of an explanation for the show’s sudden hiatus. Updated

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Obama Begs Voters Not to Make His Daughters Switch Schools

Let’s see which gullible politician might pick up this little satirical number from The Onion News Network and think it’s for real. Meanwhile, the rest of us can enjoy a good spoof on campaign ads at President Obama’s expense.

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Baron Cohen Rides Again in ‘The Dictator’

Is it too soon? It never seems to be for British prankophile Sacha Baron Cohen, whose summer 2012 cinematic effort, “The Dictator,” goofs on certain global leaders who may or may not still be with us. Judging from the film’s newly released trailer, it remains to be seen whether Baron Cohen has another “Borat”-sized hit on his hands, but he hasn’t lost his edge.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Syrian Cartoonist Attacked in a Warning to Dissidents

Pro-Assad gunmen severely beat a popular Syrian political cartoonist Thursday, breaking both his hands as a warning to anti-government protesters that dissent is not welcome. (more)

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A Satire: Serving the Nation, Republican-Style

The rich need ever more servants at a time when millions of people need jobs. Now, thanks to ingenious legislation, there’s a win-win solution.

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‘Colbert Report’: Stephen Gets His Super PAC

If Sarah Palin can have her own PAC, so can Stephen Colbert. After all, they’re both fake news generators, right? On Thursday, Colbert celebrated the official launch of his Super PAC—which, TPM Muckraker points out, goes by another funny name ... (more)

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 READ MORE


The Horse and Her Senator

This shocking (satirical) footage takes a common refrain parroted by opponents of same-sex marriage—that it would stretch the legal and moral boundaries of matrimony to include all kinds of societal no-nos—and gallops with it. Tallyho, senator.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


American Dream Declared Dead

In case you didn’t notice, the American dream is officially dead, and The Onion News Network has the footage to prove it. Watch aghast as one small-business owner runs out of steam after a particularly complacency-inducing session in front of the tube.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE


Patriotic Teen Fails Spanish

This video details the makings of a conservative hero: a high school sophomore who purposefully fails Spanish to save his country, pledging to “speak American” instead. The Onion News Network’s “Beyond the Facts” has more on this heartwarming (faux) story.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


Julian Assange, Unsavory Couch Surfer

Be glad that Wiki-wizard Julian Assange isn’t your houseguest, for a number of startling reasons dramatized (or spoofed, rather) in this sendup created by a “Colbert Report” insider, some news-savvy performers and a really awkward Warhol wig.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE


Apple Unveils New Friend Bar for Chatty Geeks

First there was the “Genius Bar,” and now—at least in The Onion’s satirical parallel universe—there’s the “Friend Bar,” a welcoming space in which users can converge and talk for hours about their Apple products without scornful repercussions.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE



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Jon Stewart: Shades of Edward R. Murrow?

Although he has repeatedly insisted that his is not the role of a straight-up journalist and that he has no designs on a conventional political career, that doesn’t stop people like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg from casting Jon Stewart in a nobler light ...

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


Maddow and Stewart Talk Satire, Sanity

Jon Stewart sat down for a lengthy talk with MSNBC power host Rachel Maddow on her eponymous show Thursday night to talk about politics, punditry and, once again, his recent “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Lest anyone have the wrong idea ... (continued)

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Give Us This Day Our ‘Daily Show’

Political comedy, without practical application within a political strategy, will merely satiate our hunger for real change with a punch line and rob us of our sensitivity to any number of social and political injustices.

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Drink Your Way to Peak Fitness

In a surprising new study, a fake scientist consulted by the source that at least admits it makes everything up, the Onion News Network, suggests that Americans perform the bulk of their fitness regimes while in a state of acute inebriation.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Newspapers Revamp Print Editions for Nearly Nonexistent Readership

Big changes are afoot at The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and other relics of the bygone print media era in their aggressive effort to retain the handful of actual newspaper readers they still may have. This is one of those moments when the Onion ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


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Finally, Some Overdue Attention to the Pancake Crisis

The highly pressing matter of H.R. 323, otherwise known as the “IHOPs Should Stay Open All Night So We Can Get Some Pancakes Act,” may be a figment of The Onion writing staff’s twisted satirical imagination, but we can’t say for sure that ideas like this haven’t occurred to our friends in Congress.

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Mexico Builds Border Wall to Keep Out U.S. Assholes

This immigration-themed parody from the geniuses at the Onion is much needed at this time. Actually, we were a little slow to come upon it, but its relevance—and brilliance—endures. Someone ought to stream this directly into Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, stat.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Wake Up, Ladies—He’s a Shapeshifter

The twisted minds at The Onion have foisted yet another satirical gem on an unsuspecting public, in the form of this clever little number skewering relationship advice books and their media-whoring authors.

 

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


Toyota Chief Overshoots Congressional Hearings by 150 Miles

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said he was having difficulties with the brakes on his 2010 Toyota Prius, which finally came to rest after crashing into a blacksmith’s shop in Colonial Williamsburg.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Tiger’s Mistresses Fill Yankee Stadium to View Press Conference

Thousands of Tiger Woods’ mistresses converged on Yankee Stadium to watch the golfing legend’s press conference on the stadium’s giant Jumbotron.

Posted on Feb 21, 2010 READ MORE


What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Opponents of gay marriage say they want to protect the sanctity of the institution, but what if marriage were limited to people who love each other? The Onion has this satirical take on the marriage brouhaha.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE


Consume Joe Biden Responsibly

The vice president’s “suave original personality” and “sly trademark grin” might make him an excellent pitchman. The Onion mocked up this joke ad campaign for Hennessy and it kind of works—almost too well to be funny.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


AK-47s for All

The carnage taking place in the Congo has escaped media attention in the U.S.—but not in The Onion, which produced this satirical Congolese news report on the Congo’s version of a stimulus package.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


Slut Alert

VH1 viewers might be momentarily fooled by this satirical Onion clip, which pokes fun at the cable network’s habit of producing low-brow television shows built around the antics of drunk, sexed-up lady folk. A bit nasty, but then so is the material that inspired it.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


Secret Weapon in the War on Drugs

This satirical Onion headline says it all: DEA Recruits Lil Wayne to Use Up All Drugs in Mexico.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Stephen Colbert, Seriously

It’s been a couple years since Comedy Central faux-publican Stephen Colbert took masterfully aimed pot shots at former President George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner—i.e., the night Colbert almost threw himself under a Washington, D.C., bus. Quite a bit has changed ... (continued)

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


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The Onion: Is Anyone Safe From Google?

Worried about the info-hungry beast that is Google going after your personal details with grabby-handed glee, greedily harvesting private information about your tastes, desires, shopping habits and geographical location with impunity? There is a way out, in the form of a remote mountain village sealed off from the world.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE


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Pesky National Debt Wiped Out by Faux Coup

Should this ever actually happen, The Onion gets credit for its prescient mock-up of a hostile takeover of the American government by a militant, yet strangely familiar, enemy organization bent on ... completely obliterating the ever-increasing U.S. debt.

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Brüno Blitzes Conan O’Brien

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest cultural satire is upon us—and the host of the “Tonight Show.” Conan O’Brien does his best, but all the lap-dancing and Kugel-staring is just too much for him to bear. [Update: Video fixed]

Posted on Jun 26, 2009 READ MORE


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