was founded by James Walsh as a place for bloggers and video-makers to come and show off their work. It now runs a variety of projects like the Outstanding Content of the Week
(where people can nominate their work to be in the running to win), the Podcast Plays
(audio plays created by the members of Manic Expression) and a monthly podcast that anyone on the site can be a part of. As such the site is set up so that people can Express Themselves in a variety of new and interesting ways. There's also oldschool Arcade Games
to play and an always open Chatroom
Tropes pertaining to active members of the site
- Adorkable: Just about everyone one on the site.
- The Ace: Mr Smooth.
- Author Appeal: Ryan Mc Carthy is really into beautiful, paint-like or anime-like art styles if his video game reviews are to be believed.
- Awesome Aussie: Atreyu
- Baldof Awesome: Les.
- Badass Beard: Big Black Hat Man and That Long Haired Creepy Guy.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The Man With No Chin. Claims it's because of all the drugs he does. Also The Other Dude 92, to a lesser degree.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Everyone on the site swears to varying degrees (though a few prefer the Precision F-Strike), but Some Jerk From Boston is really an artist when it comes to it. The Lava Buster also has quite the foul mouth.
- Cool Old Guy: Les.
- Crossesthe Line Twice/ Refugein Audacity: MR Smooth's style of humor.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The Movie Explorerís brother Oscar is always shown in sepia-tone with fake film-damage. Lampshaded in this video.
- Depraved Bisexual: That Long Haired Creepy Guy and also MR Smooth. Also Other Dude 92 whenever he's on the Manic Expression Digression Session podcast.
- Deadpan Snarker: Everyone on the site has their moments of snarkiness, with Some Jerk From Boston and The Other Dude 92 being notable snarkers.
- Dead Baby Comedy: Other Dude 92 has at times partaken in this particular brand of humor.
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath: MR Smooth, in spades.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: While not exactly a load of characters, Big Black Hat Man does tends to play quite a few different characters on and off his main show, Western Thought. For Western Thought there's Buck, Goof Ball, and Snively Bodumfeder A.K.A Bottom Feeder. And then there's the host of Behind The Webcam, Wallace A Bifdt von Huphle the fourth, who has made the most appearances out of all BBHM's characters.
- Nice Hat: Big Black Hat Man, of course. Gurning Chimp also has a pretty nice one, and so does Timdiana.
- Old Shame: For Hedonistic Actor it's the comic he made when he was younger. He now has a show on the site for the specific purpose of pointing out everything that was wrong with it.
- Mr.Aspiring Actor doesn't care for his show, Mr.Aspiring Actor presents, even to the point where he re-named some of his episodes "Crappy Reviews".
- Older than They Look: MR Smooth, who claims to actually be in his eighties.
- Oop North: Gurning Chimp, who hails from Salford, England.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Every admin on the site is pretty nice and reasonable, but Les and site owner James Walsh stand out.
- Self-Deprecation: As he likes to point out with his name, The Man With No Chin suffers from a lack of a chin, or at least one that's very small and recessed.
- Talking to Himself: The Movie Explorer, his brother Oscar (and his four children), his camera operator Liza and Colonel Weatherballoon are all portrayed/voiced by the same man.
- Team Mom: The Fanfic Critic.
- Those Two Guys: The Other Dude 92 and The Man With No Chin.
- The Casanova: MR Smooth, all the way (no pun intended).
- Vitriolic Best Buds: The Other Dude 92 and The Man With No Chin.
- Verbal Tic: For Les it's using the word peace at the end of all his messages. Also doubles as his catch phrase.
- Villain Protagonist: DR Holocaust for his show, and Holl E Woods plans to play one for his upcoming show.
Fixtures of the site
- The Manic Expression Digression Session Podcast:
A monthly (formerly weekly) podcast that serves as the official podcast
for Manic Expression. Hosted by Mark Nicholson A.K.A Big Black Hat Man
, with regular members of the cast including The Other Dude 92
, Gurning Chimp
, PB Miranda
, The Man With No Chin
, Brek Club 85
, MR Smooth
, and Ryan Mc Carthy
. It has also had a few guest, such as Some Jerk From Boston
, Ratin8tor, and site founder and owner James Daniel Walsh. Topics usually range movies, TV, music, and everything else...but as the name of the podcast suggest, things rarely ever stay completely on topic.
Site Projects and Collaborations
Audio plays created by members of Manic Expression, with genres ranging from anywhere to drama, horror, or comedy.