Scott Dikkers

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Scott Dikkers, founder – The Onion Way

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Scott examines the mayhem of modern media and politics, detailing the hilarious challenges he faces creating satire in a world that—especially lately—feels more like comedy than reality!

Scott Dikkers tells the tale of his beginnings in comedy and getting The Onion started, and shares funny stories about how he struggled in the early years, and then achieved great success. As a farm boy with no education, he’ll paint the picture of a starry-eyed kid who loved reading Mad Magazine and dreamt of one day getting his work published to improbably founding the world’s first humor website and heading up America’s longest-surviving humor publication. Dikkers connects his experience to the college audience’s lives by pointing out how much more opportunity they have to start something new like The Onion today, explaining that this is a magical time in their lives when they can make just about anything happen for themselves.


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— Zoom

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— Digital Summit

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— TechMedia

“Scott Dikkers killed … his talk was amazing!”


“Scott’s lectures were entertaining, informative, and delivered with an articulate and personable flair. Additionally, his talks have sparked students’ interest to attend future extra-curricular lectures, which is the best possible outcome we could have attained.”

— Indiana University

“Inspiring and thought provoking … but also simply a good time. He cracked us all up!”

— Yale University

“Scott Dikkers did an AWESOME job as the keynote speaker for our Virtual Writers Weekend Saturday night. He was incredibly well prepared; his tech and studio setup were perfect, and he was just so easy to work with, it took a lot of weight off my shoulders. Moreover, the audience LOVED him, and we all had a great time.”

— The Mark Twain House

“They loved him! The turnout for this event was almost as many people as David Sedaris brought in — over 1,200 people.”

— St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“It was a blast! He kept the audience engaged, he was funny and so relatable to our students and community members. On top of all that he was so gracious with his time. We had good media coverage which is always awesome for the college.”

— Delta College
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