deadpan deadpan  /ˈdɛd ˌpæn/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) deliberately impassive in manner
  2. (adv) without betraying any feeling

Usage(s):

  1. I'm not sure the time will ever quite come for Norman Lear's fantastically weird, deadpan parody of soap operas and consumer culture.
  2. Letterman deadpan: Let's hope for Berlin.
  3. The pioneering mock rock doc looks great, and the edition's extras are as deadpan funny as the movie.

News

  1. PayPal Teases Cash for Registers Program with Goofy Video

    Who knew PayPal had a sense of humor? The online payment giant is attempting to create some buzz for its Cash for Registers program with this goofy video, a spoof of Law & Order and other cop shows that features a couple of detectives attempting to answer the question: "Who killed the cash register?" Best supporting actor role should go to the cash register, which manages to be deadpan ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Mashable

  2. Keep On Truckin': The Toyota That Wrecked a San Francisco Home Does Salesmen Proud

    Comedian Anthony Griffith used to do a bit about a car salesman winning him over by highlighting how many dead bodies you could cram into a sedan's oversize trunk. When Griffith's less-than-thrilled wife angrily queried why he'd bought that car, his deadpan response was "trunk space." ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: SF Weekly

  3. 'Violet & Daisy' review: Dark comedy about two teen assassins in NYC

    Stop me if you've heard this one before. A couple of hired killers go about their work with dispassionate detachment, conversing in a deadpan, wiseacre patois and existing in some parallel, pop-culture saturated world.
    on June 7, 2013     Source: The Oregonian

Quotes

  1. Jenny Abramsky, BBC Director of Audio and Music, said he was "one of the wonders of radio broadcasting for years. He championed British jazz with his weekly programme on Radio 2. At the same time his deadpan stewardship of I'm Sorry I Haven't A...
    on Apr 28, 2008 By: Jenny Abramsky Source: Virgin Media Music

  2. "They were the ultimate in cool," said film historian Leonard Maltin. "I think guys admired and envied them, women wanted to be with them, and I think Joey Bishop's deadpan style of comedy suited that group well. He was a combination straight...
    on Oct 18, 2007 By: Leonard Maltin Source: Forbes

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