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Manic Expression was founded by James Walsh as a place for bloggers and video-makers to come and show off their work. It ran a variety of projects like the Outstanding Content of the Week (where people could 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 could 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.


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Contributors of the Site:

    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 

  • The Podcast Plays:
Audio plays created by members of Manic Expression, with genres ranging from anywhere to drama, horror, or comedy.

  • Manic Expression Creative Chaos
A Documentary about Manic Expression featuring various contributors to the site..

A collaborative indy horror film made by Fusionater featuring various contributors to the site.

  • Faces of Manic
A collection of skits made by various contributors to the site.

  • Manic Expression the Movie
An animated indy film featuring various contributors to the site which in spite of a failed Indiegogo campaign is currently in production.
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Tropes pertaining to members of the site:

  • Asian and Nerdy: NJ, a Filipino-American blogger who almost always reviews things from and/or featuring Asian-American entertainers.
  • Author Appeal: Ryan McCarthy is really into beautiful, paint-like or anime-like art styles if his video game reviews are to be believed.
  • Awesome Aussie: Atreyu
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The Man With No Chin. Claims it's because of all the drugs he does. Also TheOtherDude92, to a lesser degree.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice / Refuge in Audacity:invoked MR Smooth's style of humor.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The Movie Explorer’s brother Oscar is always shown in sepia-tone with fake film-damage.
  • Depraved Bisexual: That Long Haired Creepy Guy and also MR Smooth. Also TheOtherDude92 whenever he's on the Manic Expression Digression Session podcast.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Some Jerk From Boston and TheOtherDude92 are notable snarkers.
  • Dead Baby Comedy: TheOtherDude92 has at times partaken in this particular brand of humor.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: MR Smooth, in spades.
  • Involuntary Dance: Decker Shado is forced into an Eighties-style dance number in the park by a movie with an incessantly repeated song.
  • Nice Hat: Big Black Hat Man, of course. Gurning Chimp also has a pretty nice one, and so does Timdiana.
  • 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.
  • Shared Universe: Thanks for interconnecting cameos and crossovers (even including websites like Reviewers Unknown or Team Night Saturn), most of the reviewers are part of the Reviewaverse.
  • 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.
  • Team Mom: The Fanfic Critic.
  • Those Two Guys: TheOtherDude92 and The Man With No Chin.
  • The Casanova: MR Smooth, all the way (no pun intended).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: TheOtherDude92 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.


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