Comedy Central announced today that it is partnering with The Onion to create a scripted half-hour show based on The Onion Sports Network. The series doesn’t have a title yet, but according to the press release, it will “take on the whole universe of modern sports — teams, players, leagues, sycophantic fans, ridiculous products and over-hyped sports coverage.”
The Onion consistently puts out the funniest video programming on the web. Period. Don’t argue with me on this. But while the site has successfully transitioned its satire into the world of sports, taking its brand of humor from web to another medium isn’t guaranteed — anyone remember The Onion movie? Not good.
But given how polished (and awesome) the video on The Onion Sports Network currently is, stitching together existing segments like “The Steam Room” and “Sports Dome” should make for an easy creation of a SportsCenter-like show. Embedded is one of my all-time favorite clips from The Onion’s sports “coverage,” “Ngyuen Thi Buch Thuy: ‘Just Give Me the Damn Sepak Takraw Ball.”