The 11th Annual Twain Lecture: Scott Dikkers
The Real Story of Fake News
April 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
In a hilarious and insightful lecture, Scott Dikkers will chronicle the early years and influence of The Onion. He will examine the mayhem that he and his ragtag band of college dropouts who founded The Onion nearly 30 years ago have wrought on current events, modern politics, and satirical news outlets such as “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show.” He’ll look at the rise of fake news online through the prism of The Onion’s founding, how he helped to redefined satire in the last quarter century, leading to the 2016 presidential election and the ethical dilemmas journalists face today, when the public accepts fake news as real. With the tools of a journalist and the savvy of a comedian, Dikkers will help us make sense of the nonsense.
Scott Dikkers is the founding editor of The Onion, the satirical news website and its predecessor, the Onion newspaper. He is a number one New York Times bestselling author and editor of numerous books, among them The Onion’s “Our Dumb Century” and “Our Dumb World.” His book, “How to Write Funny,” is a step-by-step guide to his process for creating humorous content. For his work with The Onion, its website and other ancillary products, Dikkers earned the #43 spot on Time magazine’s list of the Top 50 “Cyber Elite” in 2005.
A ticket will be required to enter the event. Advanced reservations for tickets are required. Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at will call in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. the evening of the event.
All seating is first come first served, doors will open at 7:00 p.m.
“Humor must not professedly teach, and it must not professedly preach, but it must do both if it would live forever.”
With these words, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) gave us our charge: We must live forever through humor. The Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture therefore seeks to address the wide range of topics that face all humans through humor and with the guiding presence of America’s greatest humorist and most typical American.
The Twain Lecture Series consists of a primary annual lecture in the spring and additional smaller events that usually take place in the fall. These additional events include “Laughing to the Polls,” “Music & Truth,” and talks by Twain scholars. Some of these events are one-time guest lectures, but we hope to make others regular fixtures of the Series.