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Ex-Onion writers mock for-profit colleges in this parody infomercial
It’s funny because it’s (kind of) true.
At around 4 a.m. all this week, Adult Swim has been running a fake infomercial for a college called For Profit Online University written by a group of former writers for The Onion. The channel hasn’t really promoted it (the ad is unlisted on their official YouTube page) but the commercial has been going viral since it was discovered by comedy blogs yesterday.
The commercial, a one-off special program, is 11 minutes long and stars Nicole Byer, Nick Corirossi, and Brian Huskey among others. The Onion writers are part of a comedy group called Wild Aggressive Dog, made up of Geoff Haggerty, Dan Klein, Matthew Klinman, Michael Pielocik, Chris Sartinsky, and Sam West.
The commercial spoofs University of Phoenix online, degree programs, and infomericals but also introduces us to a storyline involving an evil rogue spambot named Howard. But don’t worry. As long as you don’t ever tell him your real name, you’ll be fine.
Gaby Dunn is an actress, comedian, and blogger who covered YouTube for the Daily Dot. Since 2016, she’s hosted the podcast ‘Bad with Money,’ and operates a successful YouTube channel. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Vice, and Salon.