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

Posted 08/22/2014 12:00 PM by
“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.

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

Posted 08/21/2014 3:00 AM by
“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.

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

Posted 08/18/2014 11:00 PM by
“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…

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Chris Rock’s Top 5 Big Screen Cult Comedies

Posted 08/18/2014 12:00 PM by
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.

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

Posted 08/15/2014 12:00 PM by
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.

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

Posted 08/14/2014 2:00 PM by
“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!

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

Posted 08/14/2014 11:40 AM by
“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.

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

Posted 08/14/2014 9:00 AM by
“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.

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

Posted 08/13/2014 1:26 PM by
“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.

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

Posted 08/13/2014 10:00 AM by
“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.

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