An Evening With the Onion Riffs on South Florida Weirdness Live on March 10

theonionstaffReal life news events are often stranger and more pathetic than fiction — especially in Florida! So is it funny or tragic that the headlines in the Onion, the long-running fictional newspaper turned “news” broadcast, often seem totally plausible? Call the publication prescient, because what started out as a student paper has become a go-to source for sly commentary. Any time something major happens, millions click over to see how the Onion will spin it. Better to laugh than cry, right?

An Evening With the Onion, a live event format which comes to Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse on March 10, follows a slightly different format. It’s actually one that should be extra-appealing to obsessive Onion fans. Think a live-action version of an Onion “news” broadcast, with commentary on the best/worst events of recent months, plus new material and riffing. Staffers also plan an entire segment of comedy bits devoted to South Florida — and, frankly, they should thank us for that goldmine of WTF content. Beyond all that, though, the show will also include a bit on behind-the-scenes operations at Onion HQ and a Q&A at the end.

Another special bonus: Like any proper comedy show, there’s a warm-up act, and this time around it’s South Florida native Adrian Mesa. On TV, he’s appeared on CBS’ Urban Latin and Mun2′s The Roof, and live, he’s performed everywhere around town, of course, but also at the Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival. Here’s a sample bit from about a year ago:

With the event taking over a deluxe venue, as an attendee you’ve got options according to how intimate you want to get with the whole experience. Regular admission tickets range from about $30 to $60 depending on your seating section, but for $125 you can do it up. VIP tickets include front row seating and a meet and greet afterparty — featuring wine, cheese, appetizers, and take-home gift — where you can interact with the performers while getting your favorite merchandise signed.

This event is sponsored in part by Salty Eggs, along with Blindspot productions and Radio-Active Records, and a cast of other local organizations trying to do cool things around town: Books and Books, the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and O Cinema among others. This is also an exclusive Florida engagement! Check out details below to get your tickets ASAP, as they’re going fast since they went on sale a few days ago.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $29.95 to $125; all ages. Call 954-462-0222, or visit

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