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deadpan

1. n. an expressionless face. (see also pan = face.) This guy has a super deadpan.
2. n. a person with an expressionless face. When you come on stage, look like a deadpan.
3. mod. dull and lifeless. (Usually said of a face, expression, etc.) He has such a deadpan approach to everything.
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In any case, deadpan japery isn't the cause of disaffection but the result.
Deadpan Jack is now dead rich and - with wife Jane and children Hattie, five, and Phoebe, three - dead happy, too
Despite Mel's parents' extreme misgivings, Howard steps in as a last-minute pallbearer; disaster, of course ensues, to which Mel's father deadpans of the deceased, ``She couldn't make up her mind about being buried or scattered.
The absurdly extended parenthetical subtitle of an otherwise deadpan sculpture by Norwegian artist Gardar Eide Einarsson, an irregular stack of thirty-nine dark wool blankets exhibited recently at Team Gallery along with a selection of other works from the past year, hints at a distinctly provocative, possibly nihilistic worldview.
Mackenzie's deadpan delivery and inconsistent differentiation take some getting used to, but once the book develops its momentum, nothing will keep the reader from wanting to finish it.
Still, along with the pleasures of its special effects and the satirical deadpan performances by its cast (all sporting "shades" of Men in Black), Matrix explores--albeit in a wistful and shallow fashion--just what it means to be a nation of watchers, plugged into our monitors and video games.
Matt Brooks, the boss of Clearway, mops up after 100 such deaths a year -which has no doubt contributed to his fantastically deadpan sense of humour.
Melancholic and darkly funny, these images--along with others of scenic vistas clogged with visitors, and chainsaw sculptures of local historical figures--form a deadpan commentary on the often-indistinct border between nature and civilization.
Factotum,'' adapted and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer (``Kitchen Stories'') remains faithful to the source material, a plus if you appreciate Bukowski's deadpan, down-and-out writing.
Matt Brooks, the boss of Clearway, mops up after 100 such deaths a year - which has no doubt contributed to his fantastically deadpan sense of humour.
Despite its title, Showtunes does not feature Magnetic Fields mastermind Stephin Merritt warbling hits from Cats, Cabaret, and Carousel in his trademark deadpan bass.
The installation was problematic at points: In the back gallery, the "Upstate" photos--which position their subjects dead center--were wrapped in a claustrophobic loop around the walls, and as if to emphasize this deadpan gestalt, one of Prince's tire-planter sculptures was placed smack in the middle of the room.
Cockrill's deadpan stillness contrasted with Madsen's sinuous length as they lifted their faces to the stage lights like sunbathers.
As the act began to evolve and musician friends from New Orleans helped give the upbeat act -- featuring Smith's trademark deadpan expressions and Prima's manic stage presence, a musical flavor all its own -- the Smith-Prima act became a "must see" in Las Vegas.
we can now add ``Dog Bites Man,'' a deadpan, partially improvised comedy from Dan Mazer, who worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on the hilarious ``Da Ali G Show.