Thursday, March 22, 2012

Onion writers saying no to Chicago

Posted By on 03.22.12 at 03:43 PM

An Onion expose
  • Satish Krishnamurthy
  • An Onion expose
We're waiting with bated breath for the Onion, which is supposed to move here from New York in July. But as the Atlantic Wire reports today, the feeling isn't reciprocal: only five of the Onion's 16 full-time editorial staff members have agreed to make the move.

"There's too much material in Chicago," one Onion writer told us. "With your mayor, the aldermen, and the Cubs, it's just not enough of a challenge."

The paper will still mainly be satirizing national topics after the move here is made. But Onion writers apparently fear their funny bones will be dulled by the city's burlesque nature. "You peddled your parking rights for a nickel, right?" an Onion writer asked me. "Your former mayor bulldozed one of your airports in the middle of the night, yes? It makes a satirist flabby to be around such stuff 24-7."

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