The Onion is Shutting Down

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Just kidding, but they are coming to South Florida

Don’t ever believe what the Onion publishes, but definitely enjoy it.

The parody news producer has been around for twenty-five years, and for the first time ever are bringing their satirical wit to South Florida. On Sunday, March 10, Onion staffers will share with South Floridians some stories about them, and even answer audience questions afterward (truthfully?). The show kicks off with stand up comedian and South Florida resident Adrian Mesa.

Touted as “America’s Finest News Network,” the Onion runs its satire across the spectrum, from a Feb. 26 story headlined “Middle-Aged Banana Panics Upon Finding First Brown Spot” to selling a “Cheat to Win” bracelet (think Lance Armstrong). But the Onion has fun with LGBT issues, as well. Consider August 2012’s “Tampa Bay Gay Prostitutes Gearing Up for Floor of Closeted Republicans,” or July 2012’s “Chick-fil-A Debuts New Homophobic Sandwich.”

The event will act like a live news segment from the Onion, including commentary on what they do and how they do it. As a special treat, some of the news items will focus on South Florida, where normal headlines and Onion headlines are hard to tell apart by default.

The event is put on by Blindspot productions, the same people who brought John Waters down in July.

“I’ve been a fan of the Onion — I love the mockery they do, that tongue-and-cheek, straight face comedy — I admire that,” said Mark Pollack, co-founder of Blindspot. “Something like the Onion takes my views and lays them down into something satirical and funny. But I’m still always in good spirits and enjoy a good laugh.”

Pollack runs the company with longtime friend Michael Ramirez, the owner of Radio-Active Records. He told SFGN that the two decided South Florida deserved some big events — large scale and large fun.

“If we don’t want to see this person ourselves, we’re not going to promote it at the right level,” he said. “I’m not gonna go find Pauly Shore or something tacky like that.”

On the two’s targets are acts like Key and Peele and Daniel Tosh, though nothing’s in stone yet.

If You go

What: An Evening with the Onion

When: Sunday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Parker Playhouse

707 NE 8th St.

Fort Lauderdale

How Much: $29.95 to $125

More Information: Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com or call 954-462-0222


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