UNL student discovers passion for satire

Nick Kuklinski first got into satire with the popular animated television show “South Park,” specifically with the episode “Guitar Qweer-O,” which parodied the music video game craze.

Although he only watched it for entertainment, Kuklinski later came to realize how essential its talking points and social critiques were.

“(South Park) enables people to critique the world we live in by parodying its absurdities, (to) get people to laugh at those,” he said.

Taking this influence, Kuklinski, originally from Papillion, now writes for The DailyER, a satirical publication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studies journalism and English. Attending weekly meetings, he pitches headlines and writes stories from them.

“Usually I’ll write headlines whenever I’m bored in class and need something to do other than pay attention,” he said. “That, or I’ll write a few when I can’t sleep.”

While his first few headlines during brainstorming sessions are weaker, Kuklinski said, they usually get better as he goes along.

The most rewarding part of the job for Kuklinski is getting to share jokes with people who have similar senses of humor and being able to make them laugh.

“It’s also nice to know any story of mine that gets published has the opportunity to be skimmed over by our tens and tens of readers,” he said. “If that’s not satisfying, I don’t know what is.”

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