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'''Kevin Patrick Smith''' (born 1970) is a film director, screenwriter, actor, comic book writer and comedian best known for his "View Askewniverse" films, notably ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' and ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Smith is a proud native of [[{{Joisey}} New Jersey]] and most of his films take place in the state. He married journalist Jennifer Schwalbach in 1999. They have one daughter, Harley Quinn Smith (yes, named after the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' character; he is close friends with writer Paul Dini.)

Smith is best known for the [[TrilogyCreep six-film New Jersey Trilogy]] set in TheViewAskewniverse; his non-Askewniverse productions ''Film/JerseyGirl'' and ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno'' have not been as successful (or at least no more successful). As a result, he tends to go back to the Askewniverse trough, often self-aware of its approaching FranchiseZombie status.

Smith got his start by making ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', a black and white film shot on location in the [[SarcasmMode scenic]] convenience store where he worked at the time and financed by maxing out his credit cards and putting his comic book collection up for collateral. It starred various lifelong friends and local amateur actors, notably childhood friends Jason "Jay" Mewes and Jeff "Randall Graves" Anderson. Released in 1994, ''Clerks'' became an instant cult favorite and one of the pioneers of the independent genre.

Smith also jump started the careers of two of his friends, Jason Lee (who before ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' was one of the most well known professional skateboarders in the country) and Creator/BenAffleck by casting them in major roles in ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' and ''Film/ChasingAmy'' before they both went off to fame and fortune (both would appear in all of Smith's other Askewniverse movies).

He has also become a prolific podcaster, creating the weekly series ''[=Smodcast=]'' with longtime partner producer Scott Mosier. This expanded into a network of podcasts under the [=SModcast=] Network banner, including ''Tell 'Em Steve-Dave'' (with Smith's close friends Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan, and Brian Quinn), ''Jay and Silent Bob Get Old'' (Smith and Jason Mewes), ''Plus One'' (Smith and his wife Jennifer Schwalbach-Smith), ''Blow Hard'' (indie filmmaker Malcolm Ingram, with Smith occasionally co-hosting), and ''[[{{Podcast/HollywoodBabbleOn}} Hollywood Babble-On]]'' (Smith and actor Ralph Garman).

He is well known for being extremely approachable and friendly towards his fans; often he will take time after his appearances at comic book conventions and the like to sign autographs and chat with fans for multiple ''hours''. Noted for holding detailed audience Q&A sessions, initially attached to his movies, he discovered that people would pay to come to an auditorium and listen to him tell stories and answer audience questions without any context. Hence, ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'' led to sequels ''An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder'', ''Sold Out: A [[RuleOfThree Three]]vening With Kevin Smith'', ''Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40'' and ''Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell''. He was one of the first film directors to have a major internet presence, going all the way back to the mid-90's.

Currently, he can easily be found on either his [[http://twitter.com/ThatKEvinSmith twitter page]] or his [[http://www.viewaskew.com/theboard/ official message board]] (which his wife and friends also frequently post on) or his [[http://smodcast.com/ internet radio station]].

Not to be confused with the late Kevin Smith, best known for playing Ares in HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys and its various spin-offs.

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!Works Smith has been involved with:

!!Directed Films:
* ''Film/{{Clerks}}''
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}''
* ''Film/ChasingAmy''
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}''
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''
* ''Film/JerseyGirl'' - notable for being his first non-[[TheViewAskewniverse Askewniverse]] feature.
* ''Film/ClerksII''
* ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno''
* ''Film/CopOut'' - out in 2010; his first film to be directed but not written by him.
* ''Film/RedState'' - a {{horror}} film whose villain is based on [[TheFundamentalist Fred Phelps]]. Was on the back burner for several years before being filmed in October 2010. Smith will be distributing the film himself, rather than spending more on marketing the film than he did actually making it.

!!Planned Films
* ''Hit Somebody'' - A film about hockey, based on a song by Music/WarrenZevon [[CrackPairing and co-written by ''Tuesdays With Morrie'' author Mitch Albom.]] At Sundance 2011, he announced that it will be his last movie as a writer/director, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen effectively killing]] another planned film, ''Ranger Danger and the Danger Rangers'', unless another director feels like making it. He has since announced he now plans to make this a mini-series on a yet-disclosed channel (one would presume AMC, given his strong affiliation with them, or possible Hulu), leaving the way open for his last film to be...
* ''Clerks III'' - Pending Jeff Anderson's signing on again (and The Weinstein Co. paying them what's owed for Clerks II).
* ''Tusk'' - Announced at San Diego Comic Con 2013. A surreal horror concerning a walrus suit. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40kZlsqIEUg Hear Kevin explain it.]]

!!Other Projects:
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' - loosely based on the first ''Film/{{Clerks}}'', a series with a comfortable DVD following.
* ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'', volumes 1, 2, and 3; as well as the specials for the pay-cable channel Epix, ''Kevin Smith: Too Fat for 40'' and ''Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell'' - Smith proves himself to be extremely entertaining in his off-the-cuff question and answer sessions at various college campuses and concert venues. Sometimes joined by his [[HeterosexualLifePartners heterosexual life partner]], Jason Mewes.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}: Guardian Devil'' - a comic run that in some ways re-launched the franchise with a more [[DarkerAndEdgier adult]] focus on the character's Catholic faith; especially notable for the significant death of an otherwise minor villain. Also notable in some circles for a StuffedInTheFridge moment.
* ''Comicbook/GreenArrow'' - Debuted the mute supervillain Onomatopoeia, and brought the Emerald Archer back to life.
* A rather poorly-received Batman miniseries, ''Widening Gyre''
* Directed the ''{{Reaper}}'' TV pilot.
* A weekly podcast with friend Scott Mosier, [=SModcast=], which eventually grew into a 24 hour web radio network called [=SModcast Internet Radio=] that has shows with Smith and his wife, Smith and Jason Mewes, and others. You can check it out [[http://smodcast.com/ here]].
* Directed and starred in two episodes of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', bringing along Jason Mewes and Alanis Morrisette for the ride. He took up the gig because he was a huge fan of ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'' and ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' during their runs on Creator/{{PBS}}, and had a PerverseSexualLust for Caitlin Ryan.
* ''Series/ComicBookMen'' which he's described as like ''Series/PawnStars'', but for nerds.
* ''Spoilers'' a Hulu-only show where he takes a group of people to watch a recently released movie (which he pays for all the tickets), and then bring them back to a studio to discuss it.
* ''Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do'', a miniseries mainly remembered for being very, ''very'' squicky and retconning rape into Black Cat's backstory.

!!Actor-Only Roles:
* Played a pathologist/lab tech in the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' film.
* Warlock in ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard''.
* A gas station pimp in ''Film/{{Fanboys}}''.
* A witness on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (a part which his agent got him after he complained that she didn't get him any acting roles).
* A convenience store clerk in ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* A wheelchair-bound war veteran in ''Film/SouthlandTales''.
* The close friend of a recently deceased man in ''Film/CatchAndRelease''.

!Tropes used by Kevin Smith:

Most of Smith's uses of tropes can be found on TheViewAskewniverse page, but some of his trope use is broader than that. They are:

* AttentionWhore: In ''An Evening with Kevin Smith," he describes himself as a "press whore" who likes seeing his name in headlines.
* AuthorFilibuster: As his spoken word videos suggest, often Smith's personal rants about various subjects end up in his films. For instance, Smith's complaint about the ending of ''[[LordOfTheRings Return of the King]]'' appeared first in ''An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder'' but also ended up in ''Film/ClerksII''.
* CatsAreSuperior: Smith summed it up this way:
-->Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are like man's complacent roommate.
* CerebusSyndrome / DarkerAndEdgier: ''Film/RedState'' is his darkest and most serious film by an extremely wide margin.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Whenever Smith deals with faith, [[RaisedCatholic it's inevitably the faith that he grew up with and says that he currently adheres to]], Catholicism. Somewhat ironic, in that one of the interest groups most opposed to him is [[MoralGuardians The Catholic League]], which started opposing him at first due to his amusing take on the fallibility of mortal religion while simultaniously exalting divine infallibility in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''. Other religions are not dealt with extensively, and it's a loophole in Catholic doctrine that ends up endangering the entire universe in the aforementioned film. He has promised, however, to avert this trope if he ever makes a ''Dogma II''. Averted with ''Film/RedState'' - the Five Points Trinity church is [[WordOfGod based]] on the Westboro Baptist Church
* ClusterFBomb: He's such an abuser, his [[Film/{{Clerks}} first film]] was originally rated NC-17 '''based on language alone.'''
* CreatorBacklash: Mocked and simulated; when a group of people announced they were going to picket his film Dogma at a theater near where he lives, Smith himself showed up and picketed the film too with a "Dogma is dogshit" sign. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QepgKVOVfZ8 He ends up being filmed by a news crew as a protester, and the reporter recognized him.]] He'll also be the first one to admit that his films lack visual panache.
* [[PlayingAgainstType Directing Against Type]]: He normally makes comedies, but ''Film/RedState'' showed he could do an intense thriller really well. You don't feel like you're watching a Kevin Smith movie at all. It's a shame Kevin is only going to direct one more film and that's it. He could direct thrillers and dramas if he wanted to. Maybe even a family film. [[Film/JerseyGirl Oh, wait.....]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In nearly every Q&A he does (especially prominent in the ''Evening with Kevin Smith'' series), he receives many offers for oral sex from male fans. Often, he'll jokingly accept but demand they put some effort into it. In ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'', Smith's friend Jason Mewes was also propositioned by a gay man who had a crush on him at least once.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Invoked by Smith at the end of his Q&A film ''Too Fat for 40'', after his attempt to answer many questions turns into just one:
-->'''Smith:''' Well it's called "Q&A." One Q, one A.
* ExecutiveMeddling:
** His story of his time as a writer for ''Franchise/{{Superman}} Reborn'' and the insane requests of producer Jon Peters, including Brainiac fighting a polar bear and having a robot sidekick speaking with a CampGay voice and Superman fighting a GiantSpider in the third act, not being allowed to fly and [[MovieSuperheroesWearBlack only wearing black]].
** Played straight and then subverted with ''Film/CopOut'': It was originally entitled ''A Couple of Dicks'', but the MPAA weren't cool with that. They were using ''A Couple of Cops'' as a placeholder, and one of the execs suggested that they use that. Smith said that it was a "cop out" to use that title, so the executive suggested that they use ''that''. Smith thought this was brilliant, admitted that the executives were much smarter than he is, and then ran with that title. One suggestion for a sequel would be ''Rock Out With Your Cop Out.''
** Smith also stated that back when he was writing the [[SpiderMan Black Cat]] mini series, the Marvel Execs also offered to make him the official writer of Spider-Man on the condition that his first storyline would involve breaking up Peter and Mary Jane's marriage. Predicting the inevitable [[InternetBackdraft shit storm]] that would have resulted from the that, Smith declined the gig.
** Then there's his whole story about working for Prince, which cannot be properly summarized other than to hear it [[AuthorFilibuster in its full, rambling glory]].
* GenderFlip: He joked about this in reference to ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' when he hosted a Galactica panel at Comic Con.
-->'''Smith:''' [to Ron Moore and David Eick] I'm glad you guys changed Starbuck into a women. Otherwise it would have made all those kissing scenes with Lee really awkward.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Almost all of his films revolve around two men and their very close friendships. Some of these films (like ''Film/ChasingAmy'' between the protagonist and his male best friend) openly portray it as attraction, but most leave it as subtext. He acknowledged that he would put some of this content in his films as {{Fanservice}} directed at gay people.
* IAmNotSpock: Both Smith and Jason Mewes are pretty much forever linked with their characters. It doesn't help that Smith continually names their joint projects ''Jay and Silent Bob [verb phrase]''
* IconicOutfit: His hockey jerseys and jean shorts. Previously the long green coat.
* {{Joisey}}: He's a native New Jerseyan, and proud of it.
* MotorMouth: He NEVER shuts up, ever! Which is funny, because he plays a character called "Silent Bob". Kevin is a talking machine. His Q and A's and his Smodcasts show this. He can talk for hours, literally.
--> "I do DVD Commentaries because I like to talk."
* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with Kevin Smith from ''{{killer7}}''. Or, for that matter, the late actor who played [[XenaWarriorPrincess Ares]].
* {{Nerdgasm}}:
** He commented on this at a ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' panel at Comic Con that he was moderating. Tricia Helfer (Number Six) revealed that at one point she used to date NathanFillion (Captain Mal Reynolds of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''). At this Smith remarked that the knowledge that Number Six used to go out with Captain Mal "would make most nerds cum in their pants". Helfer's response was "[[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow That's why we don't tell]]". Fillion confirmed it at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UESMoPze2iQ San Francisco WonderCon 2007]].
** His reaction to hearing that friend and frequent collaborator, Creator/BenAffleck, was cast as Batman in the sequel to ManOfSteel.
-->''Holy shit... BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman [[NoodleIncident naked]]!!!''
* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Said by Kevin Smith in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKbAEmvZyKQ an anecdote about his interactions with]] Creator/TimBurton, when he brings up Burton's publicist, whose actual, real name is ''Bumble Ward''.
-->''I am not making it up. I'll say it one more time: Tim's publicist's name is ''Bumble Ward''. There is somebody on this planet... named Bumble.''
* ParentalSubstitute: He and Jason Mewes agree that he is more or less the father Jason never had, doing his best to support him and be there for him during Jason's drug addiction and helping him out by making movies for him to feature in.
* ProductionPosse: If he's making a movie expect Jason Mewes, Creator/BenAffleck, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson or Brian O'Hollaran to be on board, if not all of them. Behind the camera there's cinematographer Dave Klein who has shot all of Smith's films and producer/friend Scott Mosier who produced all of Smith's films up to ''Zack and Miri Make a Porno''.
* ScheduleSlip: His comic book work is ''infamous'' for enormous gaps between issues and heavy delays.
* ScrewYourself: He once did a special for ''TheTonightShow'' where he showed some locations in New Jersey connected to his films. At one point he stands next to a replica of himself, and then proceeds to make out with it, saying it's something he always wanted to do.
* SelfDeprecation: Aside from making fun of his own weight and appearance in his films and his ''An Evening with Kevin Smith'' series, he famously protested his own movie when ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' came out.
** In the forward to the Black Cat trade he wrote, Smith mocks his notorious ScheduleSlip, comparing himself unfavorably to BrianBendis [[note]]Who he notes was writing multiple titles at the same time and meeting all his deadlines.[[/note]] and lets the fanbase know that [[LaserGuidedKarma his contract stipulated that he didn't get paid until after he completed the story.]]
* SignatureStyle: Little to no camera movement, lengthy, usually profanity riddled, conversations about sex (comic book character or otherwise) and StarWars, and some scene involving hockey. All of which is frequently Lampshaded.
* SpeechCentricWork: His films are, as a rule, extremely dialogue-heavy.
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: ''Jersey Girl'' was made because he'd just had a daughter and wanted to make a movie that wasn't filled with crude humor. Unfortunately, a lot of his fans were angered by their hero "going soft", and he was forced to make a return to form. Watching the movie with the fact that it was made for and about Smith's daughter in mind does make the movie much sweeter though.
* SublimeRhyme: The [[http://popcultureatemybrains.blogspot.com/2012/08/writing-reviews-white-serpent-rises.html intro]] to his podcast ''Fat Man On Batman''
* TheStoner: In recent years, he's taken up smoking massive amounts of pot, crediting it with helping him out of a creative slump. Some critics have credited it to have fried his brain due to the perceived drop in quality between his earlier work and his more recent output.
* TaughtByExperience: He went to film school for a few months but dropped out because he was told it would be 9 months of technical learning and he spent the first few months on the creative side. He did meet producing partner Scott Mosier while there, who does handle the more technical side of things. It's evident from his films that he has a gift for story and dialogue but not much else.
* TakeThat:
-->"''{{Cats}}'' is the second worst thing to ever happen to New York City."
-->'''Film/JerseyGirl''' (2002)
* TakeThatCritics: He tends to do this.
* UglyGuyHotWife: He's well aware of this, and mocks it frequently; during an interview on the Canadian TV show "The Hour", Smith claimed that he would never do a porno with his wife. Why? Because he would lose all respect for her; "How can you have sex with THAT?".
* UnstoppableRage: He was once thrown off a plane because of his weight. He was not happy.
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