Founder of the iconic comedy empire The Onion, Public Relations & Marketing Authority

Scott Dikkers Speaking Fee: $10,000 to $20,000

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Scott Dikkers At A Glance:

Scott Dikkers is the founder and longest-serving editor of TheOnion.com. He’s the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 30 humor books, including "Our Dumb Century" and “How to Write Funny.” Time magazine ranked him #43 on its list of the world's Top 50 “Cyber Elite”. Entertainment Weekly ranked him on their top 100 “It List” of the hottest people in entertainment. He’s the recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Peabody, and too many Webby Awards to count.

Scott Dikkers is a #1 bestselling author, comedy writer, and comedian widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in comedy history. His visionary leadership at The Onion, his groundbreaking comic strip Jim’s Journal, plus his multiple top-10 comedy podcasts have garnered him tens of millions of fans all over the world. Rolling Stone named him one of its top 10 favorite writers. Entertainment Weekly designated him “the funniest person in America” and placed him on the “It List” of the top 100 celebrities in show business. He graced the cover of Time magazine as one the top 50 movers and shakers online.

 

He’s the winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Peabody, and more Webby awards than any other individual or organization. Deemed a one-of-a-kind comedy legend throughout the entertainment industry, he literally wrote the book on comedy, the bestselling How to Write Funny, which spawned a training center at the famed Second City in Chicago where he mentors young comedians who have gone on to win Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars.


A farm kid from a small town in Wisconsin, Scott’s mother was on welfare and his stepfather was an abusive alcoholic.  He dropped out of high school, then went on to drop out of college. In desperation, he turned to comedy, first creating comic strips, and then writing a parody newspaper, pioneering The Onion’s now famous fake-news format and launching it as the world’s first humor website in 1996.


Audiences are inspired by Scott’s seemingly impossible dreams of comedy stardom, and they’re brought to tears by his hilarious journey overcoming his humble beginnings to become one of the most celebrated humorists of the century.


Beyond entertaining, Scott is a long-time volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has a passion for mentoring young people, helping them achieve their goals, design their ideal life, and make sure they have fun doing it.
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