Review: ‘The Onion’

Instead of browsing the dismal toilet humor of many of the new trendy toon sites, comedy-hungry Web travelers should get into the habit of checking the subtle, on-target humor of The Onion, the online version of the comedy newspaper that's been around for four years.

Instead of browsing the dismal toilet humor of many of the new trendy toon sites, comedy-hungry Web travelers should get into the habit of checking the subtle, on-target humor of The Onion, the online version of the comedy newspaper that’s been around for four years.

Updated every Wed. morning, the site offers witty news articles and features that could give the writing staff of “Late Show with David Letterman” a run for its money. Recent headlines such as “Clinton to Get Teeth Cleaning, Glasses Before Coverage Runs Out” and “Hershey’s Ordered to Pay Obese Americans $135 Billion” are typical of the paper’s offbeat style.

Editor in chief Scott Dikkers proudly refers to “Monty Python,” “The Simpsons” and Spy Magazine as some of his paper’s influences, and it’s not surprising that H’wood has been courting the talented staff of the Madison, Wis.-based operation recently.

Although the site’s design isn’t revolutionary, the back-to-basics approach matches the paper’s Twainian touches. After all, when you’ve got stories about a Texas sheriff cracking down on chicken-on-chicken violence, or Kathie Lee unhinging her jaw and eating an entire sheep, you don’t want too many distractions on the page.

The Onion

Production

Webmaster, Jack Szwergold; Design Director, Andrew Welyczko; Launch, May 1996

Cast

Rating: * * * * *

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