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Founding editor of The Onion to visit UNT

Millions of reaScott Dikkersders daily get their news from a site created by Scott Dikkers. Of course, it’s all fake.

Dikkers, left, founding editor of the satirical publication The Onion, will visit UNT Sept. 18 to discuss how he and his friends started the publication that led to one of the most popular humor websites online today. His appearance is part of the 2014-15 Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series.

His presentation, “Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories,” describes the entrepreneurial spirit he and his friends had when they created the humor publication in the late 1980s. In 2006, Dikkers helped to create The Onion News Network, which has spawned countless viral videos and three TV series. Dikkers is also the best-selling author of The Onion’s first two original books, Our Dumb Century and Our Dumb World. His work has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Peabody and more than 30 Webby Awards.

Before starting The Onion, Dikkers wrote and drew the comic strip “Jim’s Journal.” He has written and directed two feature films and performed on Saturday Night Live.

The event is at 8 p.m. in the Main Auditorium.

  • Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for UNT faculty/staff/alumni and free for UNT students (but ticket must be reserved in advance) and can be reserved or purchased online.
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—Margarita Venegas, news promotions

Posted on: Wed 03 September 2014

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