Mathew Klickstein is an American screenwriter, journalist, author, arts therapist and playwright.
Klickstein was the writer of the 2009 American horror film Against the Dark, starring Steven Seagal and served as a casting producer on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible from 2013 until the series ended in 2016. In 2012 he co-produced, co-directed and co-wrote Phamaly Theatre Company's disLabled, a multimedia performance involving actors with disabilities.
Klickstein has written four books: a fiction novel, an experimental novel, a talking eBook for children and a non-fiction book titled SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age, which covers the early development of Nickelodeon. SLIMED! was featured on Parade's "Year’s Best Books About Movies and TV" for 2013, listed as one of the top four tell-all books of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly and picked as one of the top ten social science books by Publishers Weekly.
On September 27, 2013, Klickstein moderated a three-hour long series of panels with more than 40 creative members of the Nickelodeon community, including actors, producers, writers, show creators and network personnel at the 92nd Street Y in New York called Double Dare We Say It: A Nickelodeon Historical Celebration.
The event was also produced by Klickstein, hosted by Marc Summers and included the first live performance by the Beets, a fictional band featured on the animated Nickelodeon series Doug, made up of Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer who produced the music and sound effects for the show.
Similar reunion and panel events followed at Book Soup, Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, Iowa City's FilmScene and, in 2014, various others as part of a short Jewish Book Council tour.
Klickstein has written for multiple publications, including Wired, New York Daily News, Alternative Press, Boulder Weekly, Baltimore Jewish Times, Splitsider, Yellow Scene, Daily Camera, Colorado Daily, iTech Post, Ink Magazine and OC Weekly.
He is currently directing and producing On Your Marc, a documentary about television personality Marc Summers.
In 2014 Klickstein gave an interview with Flavorwire where he discussed recent Nickelodeon programming, arguing that the people running the network were "obsessed with diversity." He cited Sanjay and Craig as an example, stating that it was "awkward because there’s actually no reason for that character to be Indian." Media outlets such as The Atlantic, the AV Club and the Daily Dot were critical of Klickstein's interview.
In 2016, Klickstein became the host of NERTZ, an interview-based podcast focusing on Nerd/Geek Culture.
Working for eight months with Kansas-based Orange Mouse Theatricals and a group of local girls, Klickstein ran a series of workshops in order to produce and co-write a gender-bending, immersive theatrical experience thematically based on William Golding's 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies. The final piece, titled Ladies of the Fly, was performed by the girls involved in the writing process and opened at Cider Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, on August 26, 2016.
Klickstein has performed charitable work with The Kids of Widney High, a group of young adults with developmental disabilities who write, record and perform rock songs. His work with the group includes the production of numerous short films, music videos, visual art and creative writing projects. He co-directed and produced the 2010 feature-length rockumentary Act Your Age: The Kids of Widney High Story, a chronicle of the band's West Coast tour.