The Approval Matrix

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Uncensored: Recapped and Revealed (Do’s & Don’ts)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Uncensored: Recapped and Revealed (Do’s & Don’ts)

These days marriage is outdated, sex is reshaped by porn, cigarettes are forbidden, weed is legal and the Pope can be barely considered Catholic.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Wrap-up: Best of the Season

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Wrap-up: Best of the Season

THE APPROVAL MATRIX season has wrapped, and if you’re still debating the various pop culture topics in your head, then it’s time to revisit clips featuring the varied opinions of host Neal Brennan and the celebrity guests including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Jason Biggs, Jim Norton and Whitney Cummings.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Bestselling Author Lisa Birnbach

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Bestselling Author Lisa Birnbach

Bestselling author of The Official Preppy Handbook Lisa Birnbach discusses her disdain for Pinterest wedding extravagance, her respect for brilliant Twitter commentary, and her desire to hear Stephen Hawking uncensored. Don’t miss Birnbach as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Do’s & Don’ts”.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: Recapped and Revealed (#WorstPeopleEver)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: Recapped and Revealed (#WorstPeopleEver)

What you didn’t see in Monday’s episode but which you will see in the 45-minute version of THE APPROVAL MATRIX “#WorstPeopleEver”, which airs on Thursday night at 11:15/10:15c, is Mandy Stadtmiller predicting the future: “Someday we’re going to elect a president who… [pause] we’ve seen his d**k.”

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Journalist Hannah Seligson

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Journalist Hannah Seligson

Author and journalist Hannah Seligson talks about Facebook narcissism, The Real Housewives of New York City’s downhill spiral, and Kim Kardashian’s branding genius. Don’t miss Seligson as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “#WorstPeopleEver”.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Who Died and Made You Cool?)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Who Died and Made You Cool?)

“Who’s cooler–” Neal asks in an un-aired segment from THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Taylor Swift or Daft Punk?”

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with “xoJane” Editor Mandy Stadtmiller

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with “xoJane” Editor Mandy Stadtmiller

Deputy editor of xoJane Mandy Stadtmiller admits her Breaking Bad secret, her love for old Steve Martin jokes, and talks about Lana Del Rey’s lowbrow brilliance. Don’t miss Stadtmiller as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “#WorstPeopleEver”.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with CollegeHumor’s Streeter Seidell

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with CollegeHumor’s Streeter Seidell

CollegeHumor writer and comedian Streeter Seidell talks how Tinder makes everyone a dirtbag, the worst scene in “Friday Night Lights” and the president’s edited opinions. Don’t miss Seidell as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Who Died and Made You Cool?”.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 4 Questions with “Broad City” Writer and Comedian Naomi Ekperigin

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 4 Questions with “Broad City” Writer and Comedian Naomi Ekperigin

Comedian and Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigen shames Reddit, praises Rihanna and wants to know what Michelle Obama is really thinking. Don’t miss Ekperigen as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Who Died and Made You Cool?”.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with “New York Times” Best-Selling Author Derek Blasberg

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with “New York Times” Best-Selling Author Derek Blasberg

New York Times best-selling author Derek Blasberg shuns Instagram, praises Kimye’s brilliance, and wants to see Meryl Streep wasted. Don’t miss Blasberg as a featured panelist in THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Who Died and Made You Cool?”.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (America’s Hall Monitors)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (America’s Hall Monitors)

“I think we’ve learned one thing from this story: You’re not that famous,” Neal jokes with panelist Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), cutting him off in the middle of a long story about that one time when he was followed and wrongly profiled by Walmart security detail outside Chicago–they didn’t recognize him (though he’s semi-famous), accused him of being homeless (which is fair, he admits), and stopped him for questioning on his way out. Why? All homeless people are also thieves–that’s the stereotype at least.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Fans: Ten Chances to Win a Subscription to “New York” Magazine

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Fans: Ten Chances to Win a Subscription to “New York” Magazine

Are you a self-proclaimed culture vulture? THE APPROVAL MATRIX show and the New York magazine back page pop culture roundup that inspired it have joined forces to offer ten lucky fans a chance to win a one-year subscription to New York magazine. See post for more details.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Transsexual Adult Entertainer Bailey Jay

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Transsexual Adult Entertainer Bailey Jay

As a featured panelist on THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “America’s Hall Monitors”, transsexual porn star Bailey Jay talked to us about the staleness of “tranny hooker” jokes, her love for Amy Schumer’s lowbrow humor, and the lack skinny vegans in her life.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Fame Monster)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Fame Monster)

Littered with off-color jokes about motor-boating Kate Upton, references to Helen Mirren as a “POA” (“piece of ass”), and a punchline that cites Liberace “before the AIDS,” our taping of THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Fame Monster” felt like a hilarious bonus reel from a buddy-reunion comedy about a group of frat brothers who are all grown up, but only sort-of matured…

Chris Rock’s Top 5 Big Screen Cult Comedies

Article: Chris Rock’s Top 5 Big Screen Cult Comedies

Anyone who has ever seen Chris Rock in action knows that he’s an incisive stand-up comic—and in The Chris Rock Show and Everybody Hates Chris, he has audiences rolling with sharp one-liners and spot-on cultural observations. He’s also starred in a number of movies that range from Kevin Smith’s masterpiece Dogma to cult gems like Pootie Tang. To get ready for Chris Rock’s appearance on THE APPROVAL MATRIX, Mon., Aug. 18 11/10c, check out our salute to the performer’s best work for the silver screen.

Are You Highbrow or Lowbrow? Brilliant or Despicable? The Results Are In!

Article: Are You Highbrow or Lowbrow? Brilliant or Despicable? The Results Are In!

Okay, THE APPROVAL MATRIX fans: most of us may be proud of our taste–but where do we actually fall on the matrix? The personality test results are in, and the quadrants of “Highbrow,” “Lowbrow,” “Brilliant” and “Despicable” make for four very touchy match options. Some highlights: 77% of SundanceTV viewers are “Highbrow,” and 40% are “Despicable.” See the full results below, and let the bragging (and retakes) begin.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which Panelist Speaks Your Mind?

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which Panelist Speaks Your Mind?

The premiere episode of THE APPROVAL MATRIX showcased a thoughtful panel of comedians and critics led by host Neal Brennan. Did any of the panelists share your opinions on “Golden Age of TV”? Tell us in the poll!

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which TV multi-camera sitcom is your favorite?

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which TV multi-camera sitcom is your favorite?

On THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Golden Age of TV”, Neal Brennan and panelists Whitney Cummings, Julie Klausner, Willie Geist and Matt Roush discuss America’s love for the multi-camera sitcom. Whether it’s Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory—Tell us your most loved multi-camera sitcom.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which single-camera comedy TV show is your favorite?

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which single-camera comedy TV show is your favorite?

On THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Golden Age of TV”, panelists Whitney Cummings, Julie Klausner, Willie Geist and Matt Roush debate with host Neal Brennan on a number of TV show faux pas: from shame-casting to bandwagon popularity. Whether you think Louie is the kale of TV or not, it’s your turn to pick your favorite single-camera comedy.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Radio Host Frank DeCaro

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Radio Host Frank DeCaro

THE APPROVAL MATRIX: “Fame Monster” airs Mon., Aug. 18 11/10c, and featured panelist, radio host Frank DeCaro gives us his opinions on Lowbrow-Despicable tweets, Bill Clinton’s ruse and how he’d like to see Julie Taymor.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which Decade Rates as the Golden Age of TV?

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Poll: Which Decade Rates as the Golden Age of TV?

Which era is the true Golden Age of TV. Is it 1950s which gave us The Honeymooners? Or today with Breaking Bad and Mad Men? Tell us your preferred decade of TV.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 4 Questions with “TV Guide” Critic Matt Roush

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 4 Questions with “TV Guide” Critic Matt Roush

THE APPROVAL MATRIX panelist, and TV Guide critic Matt Roush discusses over-sharing, Mad Men’s half-finale and his curiosity for Brad Pitt’s stories.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Golden Age of TV)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Golden Age of TV)

As Neal Brennan and the crew made final preparations before the cameras started rolling for the first-ever episode of SundanceTV’s new series, THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Big Jay” Oakerson, a comedian and friend of Neal’s, kept the crowd revved up by vamping with a slew of off-color jokes. Big Jay is typical low-brow brilliant. He skewered people in the audience for what they looked like, where they were from, what they do. Among his targets were a couple of college kids from Jersey, a middle-aged writer of erotic fiction, and an attractive blonde in the second row. No one was safe.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 3 Questions with Comedian Whitney Cummings

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 3 Questions with Comedian Whitney Cummings

THE APPROVAL MATRIX premieres tonight, and featured panelist, comedian and actress Whitney Cummings gives us her short and sweet decisions on social media, re-framing Lowbrow, and uncensored celebrity.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Host Neal Brennan Talks With Seth Meyers, Brian Lehrer and “Laughspin”

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Host Neal Brennan Talks With Seth Meyers, Brian Lehrer and “Laughspin”

Fans of New York Magazine’s “wildly popular” backpage feature and pop culture devotees around the world are gearing up for the premiere of THE APPROVAL MATRIX, August 11, 11/10C on SundanceTV. Moviefone previews an episode featuring discussion of binge-watching and bad TV endings, while host Neal Brennan appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers.