No joke: Onion founder to speak Feb. 8

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No joke: Onion founder to speak Feb. 8

Scott Dikkers
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Scott Dikkers

Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion, will present “The Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Nebraska Union Centennial Room.

The event, sponsored by the University Program Council, is free for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students with a valid NCard and $5 for faculty, staff and the public.

Dikkers will share humorous stories about his journey from being a farm boy who loved reading MAD Magazine to founding the popular news satire website.

Dikkers is The Onion’s longest-serving editor-in-chief and the godfather of its unique comedic vision. In 2006, he created The Onion News Network, which has spawned countless viral videos and three TV series. He is the best-selling co-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 successful daily comic strip Jim’s Journal. He has written and directed two feature films and performed on “Saturday Night Live.” His eclectic life and roller-coaster career make for a lot of hard-won wisdom and outrageous stories about life on the fringes of the do-it-yourself entertainment business.

The University Program Council is a student organization that provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs to enhance the university community. UPC Nebraska is the executive body responsible for the implementation of programs and activities funded by student fees.

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