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the organization of being funny

This Washington Post article about the internal workings of The Onion is really interesting.  It made me wonder why there aren’t more papers written about humor. And it also gave me a great idea for my new dream project: a comparative analysis of the organizations behind The Onion, The Daily Show, and Saturday Night Live.  I don’t actually have a theory in mind, but it would be a fun way to spend a sabbatical.

Written by brayden king

November 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Posted in brayden, fun

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  1. You know what you might have to do? Interview Tina Fey. A lot.

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    alan

    November 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm

  2. Brayden: Check out this episode of This American Life where they also go behind the scenes at The Onion.

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    Trey

    November 22, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  3. Interestingly enough, the most recent (Dec.) issue of Wired magazine compares these (Onion, Daily Show, SNL) and other (Talk Soup, Colbert, etc) ‘news’ sources by placing them into a comparative (of sorts, well, comparison related to their content/approach) grid with the following dimensions: commentary, sophisticated, slapstick, comedy. I could not find the grid on Wired’s web site.

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    tf

    November 23, 2008 at 6:11 am

  4. Wired beats me to everything. Guess I’ll have to come up with some other excuse to interview Tina Fey.

    Thanks for the link Trey.

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    brayden

    November 23, 2008 at 10:15 pm


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