Luke Y. Thompson

Joshua Tree, CA
University Of Southern California
Movies, Toys, Fast Food
  • Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about film and pop culture since 1999, when he was hired by New Times LA on the basis of his self-published zine, KnifEdge.
  • Has written for most major Los Angeles publications, including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, E! Online, Deadline, OC Weekly, CityBeat, and more. At Voice Media, he ran the pop-culture blog Topless Robot for two years, leading it in a rebrand that focused on more diverse voices.
  • As an editor at GeekChicDaily, Luke helped to build an email newsletter into the current version of Nerdist. At Deadline, he was the first major trade reporter to cover San Diego Comic-Con panel-by-panel.


Luke was first published at the age of 10, when a poem he wrote for a school assignment became the title feature in an Irish children's book called "I Hate Mustard." He grew up in Ireland and the American South, and attended USC cinema school. Upon graduating he sold a script to legendary producer Roger Corman, self-published his own zine, and got a job as film critic and assistant arts editor at New Times LA. In addition to his writing career, he has worked on several independent films as both an actor and assistant director, including "Mad Cowgirl" with Walter Koenig and James Duval, and "Wicked Lake" with Tim Thomerson and Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen. He has been featured as a talking head in documentaries about the "Paranormal Activity" film franchise, controversial director Uwe Boll, and cult Hollywood actor Douglas Dunning.


Luke was the valedictorian of Smoky Mountain High School, and graduated cum laude from USC film school.
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