Maddox (writer)

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George Ouzounian
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Maddox
Born George Ouzounian
1978 (age 35–36)
Pen name Maddox
Occupation Writer, webmaster
Nationality American
Period 1997–present
Genre Satire, fratire
Website
http://maddox.xmission.com/

Maddox is the pen name of George Ouzounian,[1] an American humorist, satirist, Internet personality, and author. He gained fame on the Internet in the early 2000s for his opinion-oriented website, The Best Page in the Universe, which he still maintains. His first book, The Alphabet of Manliness (2006), became a New York Times bestseller. He says that his pen name comes from the 1980s anime Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01.[2] He is a graduate of Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah;[3] he also attended the University of Utah, but does not hold a degree.[4]

Career

Maddox started The Best Page in the Universe[5] in 1997. The majority of the content is satirical. Maddox reported in 2006 that the site's online store earned enough for him to "stay above water."[6] Maddox is reported to have worked as a programmer for a telemarketing company until 2004.[6][7]

On June 6, 2006, Maddox appeared at the San Diego Comic Con[8] with his comic book, The Best Comic in the Universe.[9]

Maddox's first book, The Alphabet of Manliness, was published in 2006[10] and reached number one on the Amazon.com sales chart. The book is illustrated and has a chapter-length entry for each letter in the English alphabet regarding a "manly" topic (for example, N is for Norris, Chuck).[1][11]

Maddox, along with Thom Beers and Dax Herrera, had been working on a reality television show for Spike TV titled Manformation, which was to showcase the experiences of everyday men in extraordinary events; however, the project was shelved.[12] In 2010 he appeared on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!'s eighth season episode "Old People" and started his own web series, The Best Show in the Universe, on YouTube.[13]

In 2011 his second book, I Am Better Than Your Kids, was published.[14] Maddox has also performed in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[15]

In 2012, Maddox appeared in the web series Tournament of Nerds as the character Kool-Aid Man.[16][17] Maddox was also cast in the horror film Ooga Booga as the character Skeez.[18][19]

In 2014, Maddox teamed up with comedic author Dick Masterson to create the weekly podcast The Biggest Problem in the Universe.[20]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Traister, Rebecca. "It's a man's world" (Interview). Salon.com. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  2. ^ Goodmacher, Chris (August 31, 2003). "Whoever Sucks the Least is King, An Interview with Maddox" (Online Journal). PoinDexter Online. Archived from the original on June 3, 2007. Retrieved 2006-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Don't move to Utah..". 
  4. ^ http://www.dailyutahchronicle.com/?p=19891
  5. ^ "The Brains Behind: The Best Page In The Universe." .net Magazine[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Obscure satirist suddenly a best-seller." The Honolulu Advertiser.
  7. ^ "It's a man's world." Salon[dead link]
  8. ^ "2006 Exhibitors M-Z." San Diego Comic Con
  9. ^ "Pure testosterone...now in book format. "The Alphabet of Manliness"." The Stanford Daily[dead link]
  10. ^ "The Alphabet Of Manliness (Hardcover)." Amazon.com
  11. ^ Weinman, Jaime J. "The bestseller no one's ever read." Maclean's magazine.
  12. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (January 29, 2010). "Spike TV to give auds 'Manformation'" (Interview). variety.com. Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  13. ^ http://thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=light
  14. ^ "'I Am Better Than Your Kids': An Interview With Maddox". The Huffington Post. July 11, 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  15. ^ "George Ouzounian". ucbtheatre.com. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ "Tournament of Nerds". tournamentofnerds.com. June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Tournament of Nerds: Abraham Lincoln Vs. Kool Aid Man". tournamentofnerds.com. June 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  18. ^ "Check Out Some New Stills from Ooga Booga; Porn Star Siri Joins the Cast". dreadcentral.com. November 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  19. ^ "Ooga Booga coming in Feb 2013, Karen Black, Stacy Keach, Maddox, Siri". fullmoonhorror.com. January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  20. ^ "The Biggest Problem in the Universe: Who". thebiggestproblemintheuniverse.com. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 

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