Maddox (writer)

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George Ouzounian
Born George Ouzounian
(1978-01-01) January 1, 1978 (age 38)
Pen name Maddox
Occupation Writer, webmaster
Nationality American
Period 1997–present
Genre Satire, fratire

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 is a graduate of Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah;[2] he also attended the University of Utah, but does not hold a degree.[3]


Maddox started The Best Page in the Universe[4] in 1997. He took his pen name from the 1987 original video animation Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01.[5] 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 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" — a pseudonym for Dax Herrera — to create the weekly podcast The Biggest Problem in the Universe.[20][21]

In May of 2015, Maddox announced on his webpage his intention to write a third book; he has not yet announced the title, genre, or content.[22]


  1. ^ a b Traister, Rebecca. "It's a man's world" (Interview). Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  2. ^ "Don't move to Utah..". 
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  4. ^ "The Brains Behind: The Best Page In The Universe." .net Magazine Archived February 14, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Goodmacher, Chris (August 31, 2003). "Whoever Sucks the Least is King, An Interview with Maddox". PoinDexter Online. Archived from the original (Online Journal) on June 3, 2007. Retrieved 2006-05-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Obscure satirist suddenly a best-seller." The Honolulu Advertiser.
  7. ^ "It's a man's world." Salon Archived April 15, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "2006 Exhibitors M-Z." San Diego Comic Con
  9. ^ "Pure in book format. "The Alphabet of Manliness"." The Stanford Daily Archived September 22, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "The Alphabet Of Manliness (Hardcover)."
  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). Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "'I Am Better Than Your Kids': An Interview With Maddox". The Huffington Post. July 11, 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  15. ^ "George Ouzounian". Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  16. ^ "Tournament of Nerds". June 2, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  17. ^ "Tournament of Nerds: Abraham Lincoln Vs. Kool Aid Man". June 12, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  18. ^ "Check Out Some New Stills from Ooga Booga; Porn Star Siri Joins the Cast". November 30, 2012. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  19. ^ "Ooga Booga coming in Feb 2013, Karen Black, Stacy Keach, Maddox, Siri". January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  20. ^ "The Biggest Problem in the Universe: Who". Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  21. ^ "EPISODE 1". The Biggest Problem in the Universe. May 20, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Third Book Announcement". Maddox. May 12, 2015. 

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