Founding Editor of The Onion to Speak at Gustavus

Posted on April 20th, 2015 by

Scott Dikkers

Scott Dikkers

Scott Dikkers, founding editor and current vice president of creative development of the satirical news publication, The Onion, will speak at Gustavus Adolphus College at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in Christ Chapel. Tickets are free for members of the Gustavus community and $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at

Dikkers’ talk is titled “The Funny Story Behind the Funny Stories” and details how he and his friends started the publication in the late 1980s that led to one of the most popular humor websites today.

In 2006, Dikkers helped to create The Onion News Network, which has spawned countless viral videos and three TV series. He’s the best-selling author of The Onion’s first two original books, Our Dumb Century and Our Dumb World. He 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.

Dikkers’ appearance at Gustavus is sponsored by the College’s Campus Activities Board.



Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Luc Hatlestad


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