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Tianello first used the name in a zine he made with friends in 2000. It lasted four issues.


While the Post has dozens of characters, Tianello chose to use his own face for the least likeable one, Chip Foxx. NOTE: Neither Tianello nor Foxx have received a Peabody, Foxx just "borrowed" one for a quick picture.

 


Tianello knew that to properly satirize modern media, his newspaper would have to be part of huge conglomerate.

 


All ads and other photo illustrations in the Post are created by Tianello.

Meet the Post's creator, Joel Tianello- an intriguing fellow.
I could bore you with details of Joel's upbringing, like being born on the Gulf Coast or raised in an east-Cleveland suburb, but that's not why you've come to this page.
Nothing about his education at Lakeland or Kent State lead to his creation of the Post, at least not directly.
So how did he get here, and frankly, why should you care?
As a small child in the 1980s, Joel became fascinated with langauge and comedy.
He particularly enjoyed satirical news formats, from SNL's Weekend Update to HBO's "Not Necessarily the News."
They made him laugh, even when he didn't get the jokes, and seemed to be educating him via irony and context.
Joel also recorded and listened to stand-up comics ad nauseum.
Stand-ups seemed to have a way of telling truths that other grown-ups weren't interested in addressing.
No one wanted to explain the Vietnam War or the Iran-Contra scandal to a little kid, but George Carlin didn't pull any punches.
Joel may have been a child of divorce, but Bill Cosby was more than willing to explain how a marriage supposedly worked.
Often shy and awkward in social situations, Joel constantly sought to discover new ways to communicate his ideas, both verbally or otherwise.
He began writing short stories and bad poetry as a teeneger.
As with most beginning writers, these first pieces were terrible, and we're lucky they won't be inflicted upon us.
In college, Joel pursued writing through both English and journalism degrees.
He also returned to his love of satirical news, freshly inspired by outlets like the Onion and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
In 2000, Joel enlisted the help of a few friends and created an underground zine, The Morning After Post.
It was aguably mediocre and lasted only four issues.
Joel tried his hand at other forms of expression in college, be it as a disc jockey, newspaper reporter, screenwriter or stand-up comic.
None of it satisfied his craving for satire.
So, in 2006, Joel resurrected the name from his dilapidated zine and created this website.
This time he knew exactly what he wanted to get out of the satirical news format.
He wanted fake reporters that were part of their stories.
He wanted their stories to interconnect and build upon one another, creating an entire fictional universe.
He wanted a fake parent company, with its own website and 27 other subsidiaries, to create a constant conflict of interest.
And if it's all owned by a fake CEO using a time machine to take over the world, well, that sounds like a great metaphor for abuse of power, doesn't it?
The result is an absurd, albeit dry and complex, joke known as the Post.
Feel free to explore Joel further, or to just return to the Post, its dozens of flawed characters and hundreds of ridiculous stories.
Thanks for stopping by.


At a glance, it's possible a reader could dismiss the Post as a cheap Onion knockoff.
But ask yourself- would the Onion create a character profile for a story's reporter?
Would there be ads and a website for the story's fake sister-company?
Would it come complete with press release and leaked memos?
Probably not.
Tianello prides himself on all of his different approaches to writing satirical news. (he's even learned to write about himself in the third-person)

 


Tianello was a radio DJ.
In college.
Well, community college.
True, it was closed-circuit, if you want to be a jerk about it.

He still thinks it counts.


Tianello has tried his hand at every type of writing imaginable. Click here to read an old short story.


     

 

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