The Onion and Second City, both based in Chicago, have delayed their joint theatrical enterprise, "The Onion Live," which was to have toured nationally to theaters this fall.
Several presenting venues, such as the Harbison Theatre in Irmo, S.C., had previously announced the touring comedy show on their schedules this fall, but have now announced its cancellation. In Athens, Ga., a local blogger reported that the show had been announced and nixed on the same day, prompting questions as to whether the whole thing had been a satirical jab by the famous humor newspaper and website.
The show certainly existed. At Second City, producer Kelly Leonard said that creative work was still ongoing on the show, which is getting a new team of writers, and that further workshops would now be taking place in 2014.
"The show just wasn't ready," said Onion CEO Steve Hannah, confirming the delay. "It's still under construction. We want it to be every bit as good and as true to our brand as it can be."