The Onion News Network — a video-based, broadcast version of the popular print/online publication — is about to become available in the U.K., Europe, and Asia. The Onion has landed a deal with MyVideoRights.com to distribute its U.S.-centric content internationally, based on what it calls an “unprecedented [global] interest” in America’s presidential election this year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
I’ve been watching some of The Onion News Network’s stuff for a while now, and let me tell you — it’s hilarious. If you’re a fan of The Onion, or a fan of any other fake news type of show (“The Daily Show,” anyone?), you’ll almost definitely get a kick out of it. Some recent clips include a report entitled “John McCain Accidentally Left on Campain Bus Overnight,” another called “First Openly Gay Racehorse to Compete,” and — one of the more entertaining ones — a morning news show interview, “12-Year-Old Boy Scouts Volunteer to Give Women Breast Exams.”
The Onion has been creating the video content since last March. I personally hadn’t paid attention to it until I connected my TiVo to my WiFi network recently and started getting the content there, but now I’m totally hooked. The stories aren’t all winners, of course — some are funnier than others, as would be expected — but next time you’re bored at work, it’s well-worth a browse through the clips. Just be sure to keep your speaker volume low.