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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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Keaton found tremendous eloquence in his deadpan style with alert and expressive eyes, lithe acrobat's body and an unforgettable air of grace.
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.
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.
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 repressed drive behind today's autopsying of the modern, stem to '60s stern, may lie here: neither in a wistfulness for the marriage of art and politics nor in a yearning for a vigorous Left, but in a curiosity about what it must have been like to make art before Conceptualism dissolved the traditional disciplines; when an examination of history could be as simple as a glance over the shoulder, resulting in just another variation in a hybrid, decadent, patient, deadpan, more or less unjustifiable practice.
Aviv Eve-Gue performed the title character with an intensely deadpan involvement.
Lorenzo (Music) has that famous droll, deadpan voice perfectly suited for Garfield's personality," says Garfield's creator, Jim Davis.
It captures the ordinary madness of the workplace - albeit here one that affects (or, perhaps more accurately, wrecks) millions of lives - with wry, deadpan precision and anarchic wit.
Art historian Briony Fer has suggested that deadpan Minimalism was always decidedly more or less than rational.
Watching Ida Nevasayneva in The Dying Swan shed a veritable blizzard of plumage at her entrance and mug from there on out was not as funny as watching an assoluta molt an occasional feather with deadpan hauteur; Anastos knew that any work that peaks at the start has nowhere else to go but down.
When asked if he would ever run for President, he answers characteristically with his famous deadpan facial expression and voice, "A.
Salazar's boyish Bluntschli has deadpan Shavian wit even as the character is practically asleep on his feet.
Elsewhere Burden's lucid hypotheticals shade from deadpan "what if's" to real, if no less ritualized, violence.
Sure, the dialogue's as bawdy as ever--"I met Fred MacMurray at the Brown Derby when they were casting Flubber, and he threw me a juicy part," recalls Evie Harris (Jack Plotnick), to which Coco (Clinton Leupp) harrumphs, "And then he put you in the picture"--but the film's stars deliver it in that minimalist deadpan style that marks turn-of-the-millennium humor.
Funny and accessible, Cunningham and Rauschenberg chatted on stage like a pair of veteran vaudevillians following Interscape's first performance, chuckling at their own tales or deadpan when they were the butt of a joke.