Hey there Evil Geeks! The end of Novembeard is steadily approaching, but we’ve got so much more beard action left to go that we’re going to have to start grouping them together. Today we’re saluting not one beard, but a collection of beards cultivated across various media. Today we’re taking a look at the beards of The Askew-niverse!
In case you’re not in the know, The Askew-niverse is the shared universe between the majority of film maker Kevin Smith’s movies (otherwise known as the Jay and Silent Bob movies). His more recent films are no longer set in thsi universe, but his early work is all a part of the world he’s created. The universe is called the Askew-niverse, becasue Smith’s production company is called View Askew. The films taking place in this universe are: Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and finally the series is book-ended by Clerks 2. If you love comedy and aren’t familiar with these movies, then I highly recommend you check them out in the order that I just listed. They are among my favorites and I can watch any one of them pretty much any time. Smith has started to move away from film-making to concentrate on other projects, mainly his podcsting empire, which I also recommend checking out, specifically Hollywood Babble-On and Fatman on Batman. Hilarious, entertaining, informative, and FREE! What more could you ask for?
Among the beards in the Askew-niverse, Smith himself leads the way, maintaining an impressive amount of facial coverage for his character Silent Bob as well as for his own personal life. He’s the captain of the ship, El Presidente, the Head Honcho, so he must maintain a stately and regal appearance. This beard is responsible for commanding a media empire! Sure he’s mainly talking about Batman, Star Wars, or his willingness to perform fellatio on an attacker in order to escape a life threatening situation, but damn it, the boss is the BOSS!
Smith’s right hand man in the majority of his film endeavors, Scott Mosier also sports a mightily impressive facial forrest as well. Mosier co-host Smith’s first podcast which is still running to this day, SModcast and he has small roles in the Askew-niverse films as well. Here’s Mosier in Clerks as Willam aka Snowball:
Another well known beard in Smith’s world is that of his long-time friend Brian Johnson. Johnson is currently featured on AMC’s Comic Book Men, which is a reality show set inside the comic shop owned by Kevin Smith and run by another long time Smith friend, Walt Flanagan. If you don’t know which guy on the show Brian is, you’ll know him as soon as you see his gargantuan, Alan Moore-like beard. Johsnon was also featured in a small but memorable cameo role in several Smith movies as “Steve-Dave”, one half of the recurring pair of comic book geeks who show up several times throughout the series (the other half of the duo being played by Flanagan).
Smith has even featured the greatest beard on the comedy world in Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. A beard known for caustic, scathing, yet smart and insightful comedy. A legend no only in the beard world and the comedy world, but also in the future world dominated by the music of Wyld Stallyns. A beard gone of this world way to soon even though it survived to a ripe old age. THE George Carlin!
These are only but a few of the beards populating the worlds of the Askew-niverse, but they are the most memorable and powerful of the bunch. Beards to be admired and beheld! It seems the Askew-niverse has been mothballed and put into storage, since Smith has decided to make one more film before retiring and moving on to other projects, but beards like these will not be confined to irrelevancy! Maybe a higher power will intervene one day and we’ll end up with a new film (or dare we say a weekly TV show???) set in the world of Kevin Smith?
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