"The Approval Matrix" Blog
Posted 07/17/2014 9:00 AM by Nick Nadel
Stoners might never want to harsh the mellow, but stoner comedies tend to be rollicking adventures. In honor of Neal Brennan, host of SundanceTV’s new series THE APPROVAL MATRIX and one of the minds behind Half Baked and Chappelle’s Show, here are 10 highly-rated stoner movies that offer a nice cinematic buzz—and a few wild rides.
10. How High
This big screen vehicle for rappers Method Man and Redman has a premise that only makes sense if you’re high — the pair get into Harvard after the ghost of their recently departed friend gives them the answers to the entrance exam. Oh, and they summon their friend’s ghost after smoking his ashes. Good luck explaining the appeal of this one to a sober person. But for stoners, it’s a comedic masterpiece.
9. Pineapple Express
Seth Rogen is an affable stoner process server who gets mixed up in a crime caper involving a particularly strong strain of Mary Jane. His rapport with James Franco’s Saul, a laidback pothead dealer inspired by Brad Pitt’s character from True Romance, puts this film squarely in the mold of classic buddy stoner comedies. Only with a lot more gunfire, of course.
“The Approval Matrix” Announces Panelists and Appearances by Amy Poehler, Chris Rock and Jon Stewart
Posted 07/01/2014 3:52 PM by SundanceTV
SundanceTV announced today that its newest original non-fiction series, THE APPROVAL MATRIX will premiere Mon., Aug. 11 at 11/10c. Inspired by the celebrated pop culture roundup feature of the same name in the award-winning New York Magazine, the six episode talk show will be hosted by comedian Neal Brennan (Chappelle’s Show, Inside Amy Schumer, The Mindy Project) and executive produced by Rory Albanese (The Daily Show) and Ish Entertainment’s Michael Hirschorn (Best Week Ever) and Wendy Roth (Fix My Family). Each half hour episode is uniquely designed for those both impatient with and fascinated by the pop culture cacophony all around us.more ...
Posted 06/10/2014 4:00 PM by SundanceTV
Want to be a part of the exclusive New York City audience for SundanceTV’s new series THE APPROVAL MATRIX? The show, inspired by New York Magazine’s back page pop culture roundup, is hosted by stand-up comedian Neal Brennan–co-creator of Chappelle’s Show and recurring director for Inside Amy Schumer–and promises a seasoned panel of guests. One lucky winner will receive 2 tickets to attend a live taping of the show to take place on Fri., Jun. 20 at 5:30PM. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @ApprovalMatrix on Twitter then tweet out #ApprovalMatrixTix.more ...
Posted 05/08/2014 5:05 PM by SundanceTV
Based on New York Magazine’s Beloved Pop Culture Roundup, the Neal Brennan hosted series will premiere in August.more ...