Kevin Smith
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"Kevin Patrick Smith" is an American screenwriter, actor, film producer, speaker and director, as well as a popular script (comics)/comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur, and podcaster.

He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy Clerks (film)/Clerks (1994), which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and acted in as the character Jay and Silent Bob/Silent Bob. Smith's first several films were mostly set in his home state of New Jersey, and while not strictly sequential, they frequently feature crossover plot elements, character references, and a shared canon (fiction)/canon described by fans as the "View Askewniverse", named after his production company View Askew Productions, which he co-founded with Scott Mosier.

Smith also directed and produced films such as the buddy cop action comedy Cop Out (2010 film)/Cop Out, as well as the horror film Red State (2011 film)/Red State.

Smith is also the owner of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey. He co-hosts several weekly podcasts that are released on Internet Radio. Smith is well known for participating in long, humorous Q&A sessions that are often filmed for DVD release, beginning with An Evening with Kevin Smith.

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