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->"''BILLY MAYS - the only TV spokesman allowed to speak in all caps.''"
-->-- '''Website/YouTube Commenter'''

If the world of {{infomercial}}s and late night advertising can be said to have stars, this guy was one of the biggest. [[LargeHam Large, loud and impossible to ignore]], this pitchman was a familiar face and voice to anyone who watches TV in the United States and Canada. Even if you didn't want him to be.

He gave his enthusiastic endorsement to such products as Zorbeez, [=OxiClean=], Kaboom, Orange Glo, Hercules Hooks and a plethora of late night merchandise.

Beginning in April 2009 and alongside his best friend and equally recognizable pitchman Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, he co-hosted a reality show on the Discovery Channel titled ''Pitchmen'', which showed how his company chose the products they pitch and how they created their ads. The final episode of the show --broadcast two weeks after his death--was a tribute episode to Mays.

Not to be confused with the baseball player Willie Mays.

Before his death he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPLrm3Omkjg called out]] VinceOffer. And then [[TheGmodIdiotBox someone]] made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY2rD322UR4 an awesome video]] of what their "pitch-off" would be like.

On June 28, 2009, BILLY MAYS was found dead in his home in Tampa Bay, Florida due to hypertensive heart disease. He was age 50. His funeral was on July 3, 2009 and he was [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09184/981595-100.stm buried in his]] [[IconicOutfit trademark blue shirt and khaki pants]], [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09184/981595-100.stm which were also worn by his pallbearers]]. A coroner's autopsy reports suggest cocaine may have contributed to Mays' death by accelerating the development of heart disease. His family feels that the autopsy mistook his back medication for cocaine. A second medical examination in October confirmed that cocaine was not a factor in his death.

[[Pantheon/{{Commerce}} Ascended to]] [[Pantheon/{{Craft}} the Pantheon]] shortly thereafter as the God of Advertising.

!!Products BILLY MAYS hawked:

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLDXfYDAziI Awesome Auger]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KBXcpJfmj4 Big City Slider]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JGXbIfeuRY Ding King]]
* [[http://youtu.be/InGiAr3CPSw Grab-It]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF-IWJEQuEQ Hercules Hooks]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7d85T4OfqA iCan Health Insurance]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7yuoXU_QJs Jupiter Jack]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dvzgLXa-dI Kaboom!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_IBGQIo9EE Liquid Diamond]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkuReA-AGa8 Mighty Putty]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NNv2oiWdRU Oxi Clean]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPh-qgW8L4w Samurai Shark]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFpIQPxxaGA Steam Buddy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l25oCWDHnQI Zorbeez]]

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!! BILLY MAYS demonstrated examples of the following:

* AdamWesting: He occasionally had some fun with this trope - his Shakespearean skit on TheTonightShow was one of the better examples.
-->"It's out, [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} out damned spot]]! With the power of new Oxy Clean!"
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal / RhymesOnADime: Notice a pattern in the product name list up there?
* AndNinetyNineCents: Most of his products tended to be $19.99.
* BadassBeard: Most definitely.
* BerserkButton: As shown on ''Pitchmen'', you should not mention Shamwow or Vince around him...
* CatchPhrase:
** '''"HI, BILLY MAYS HERE!"'''
** '''"ButWaitTheresMore"'''
* {{Flanderization}}: He got CONSIDERABLY LOUDER over the years. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness It's weird watching his old, normally-spoken commercials]]. ('''[[http://kdka.com/seenon/Billy.Mays.infomercials.2.1015019.html HE'S NOT SHOUTING HE'S]]''' '''''[[http://kdka.com/seenon/Billy.Mays.infomercials.2.1015019.html PROJECTING!]]''''')
* FullNameBasis: Maybe. He's almost always referred to as Billy Mays. Or BILLY MAYS.
* GagDub: Up until his death, and even after, he was the constant ([[AffectionateParody affectionate]]) target of [[http://www.youtube.com/jabo0odydubs Jabo0ody Dubs.]]
* '''[[LargeHam LARGE HAM]]''': He was remarkably cool and collected in most of the interviews he gave; his giant hamminess was explained as somewhere being [[MoneyDearBoy pragmatic about what attitude sells]] and [[HamAndCheese having fun in his job]].
* LimitedWardrobe: His wardrobe seemed to consist solely of blue shirts and tan pants, indeed to the point that this was parodied in an ad he did for [=ESPN360.com=] in which he's on the run and his suitcase is entirely filled with just blue shirts and tan pants. This is taken to an almost illogical extreme, since, as mentioned above, he was buried in that particular outfit. Furthermore, his pallbearers wore the same outfit.
* '''[[NoIndoorVoice NO INDOOR VOICE]]'''
** Averted by the show Pitchmen - when not on camera, his voice is quite average.
* NamesTheSame / LegacyCharacter: His father's name? BILLY MAYS, Sr. His son's name? BILLY MAYS III. On the televised memorial service, BILLY MAYS III mentioned that he might name ''his'' son BILLY MAYS IV.
* RefugeInAudacity: Some of the memes and jokes immediately following his death (with surprisingly few proceeding into VulgarHumor) were enough to make you laugh and hate yourself for it simultaneously. A good example? Images of Vince Offer holding up the Manga/DeathNote with his usual wild-eyed stare.
* '''[[RidiculouslyLoudCommercial RIDICULOUSLY LOUD COMMERCIAL]]'''
* SelfDeprecation:
** His ESPN 360 commercials seem to be a self-parody.
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtYdDK1uTDI the video he made of himself]] ordering [=McDonald's=] breakfast.
* '''[[ShoutOut SHOUT OUT]]''': WesternAnimation/SouthPark season 13, episode "Dead Celebrities". Full stop.
-->"With just two easy steps, I can jump over these seats and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny kick you right in the fucking balls!]]"
* TakeThat: To VinceOffer and the [=ShamWow=] in [[http://youtu.be/CFdjbKDTTJU this Zorbeez commercial]]

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'''[[RunningGag HERE'S HOW TO ORDER!]]''' [-To order the BillyMays TV Tropes page, call 1-800-[[FiveFiveFive 555-5555]].-]
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[[quoteright:349:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/billy_mays.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:349:'''"HI, BILLY MAYS HERE FOR TV TROPES!"''']]

->"''BILLY MAYS - the only TV spokesman allowed to speak in all caps.''"
-->-- '''Website/YouTube Commenter'''

If the world of {{infomercial}}s and late night advertising can be said to have stars, this guy was one of the biggest. [[LargeHam Large, loud and impossible to ignore]], this pitchman was a familiar face and voice to anyone who watches TV in the United States and Canada. Even if you didn't want him to be.

He gave his enthusiastic endorsement to such products as Zorbeez, [=OxiClean=], Kaboom, Orange Glo, Hercules Hooks and a plethora of late night merchandise.

Beginning in April 2009 and alongside his best friend and equally recognizable pitchman Anthony "Sully" Sullivan, he co-hosted a reality show on the Discovery Channel titled ''Pitchmen'', which showed how his company chose the products they pitch and how they created their ads. The final episode of the show --broadcast two weeks after his death--was a tribute episode to Mays.

Not to be confused with the baseball player Willie Mays.

Before his death he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPLrm3Omkjg called out]] VinceOffer. And then [[TheGmodIdiotBox someone]] made [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY2rD322UR4 an awesome video]] of what their "pitch-off" would be like.

On June 28, 2009, BILLY MAYS was found dead in his home in Tampa Bay, Florida due to hypertensive heart disease. He was age 50. His funeral was on July 3, 2009 and he was [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09184/981595-100.stm buried in his]] [[IconicOutfit trademark blue shirt and khaki pants]], [[http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09184/981595-100.stm which were also worn by his pallbearers]]. A coroner's autopsy reports suggest cocaine may have contributed to Mays' death by accelerating the development of heart disease. His family feels that the autopsy mistook his back medication for cocaine. A second medical examination in October confirmed that cocaine was not a factor in his death.

[[Pantheon/{{Commerce}} Ascended to]] [[Pantheon/{{Craft}} the Pantheon]] shortly thereafter as the God of Advertising.

!!Products BILLY MAYS hawked:

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLDXfYDAziI Awesome Auger]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KBXcpJfmj4 Big City Slider]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JGXbIfeuRY Ding King]]
* [[http://youtu.be/InGiAr3CPSw Grab-It]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF-IWJEQuEQ Hercules Hooks]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7d85T4OfqA iCan Health Insurance]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7yuoXU_QJs Jupiter Jack]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dvzgLXa-dI Kaboom!]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_IBGQIo9EE Liquid Diamond]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkuReA-AGa8 Mighty Putty]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NNv2oiWdRU Oxi Clean]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPh-qgW8L4w Samurai Shark]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFpIQPxxaGA Steam Buddy]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l25oCWDHnQI Zorbeez]]

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!! BILLY MAYS demonstrated examples of the following:

* AdamWesting: He occasionally had some fun with this trope - his Shakespearean skit on TheTonightShow was one of the better examples.
-->"It's out, [[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} out damned spot]]! With the power of new Oxy Clean!"
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal / RhymesOnADime: Notice a pattern in the product name list up there?
* AndNinetyNineCents: Most of his products tended to be $19.99.
* BadassBeard: Most definitely.
* BerserkButton: As shown on ''Pitchmen'', you should not mention Shamwow or Vince around him...
* CatchPhrase:
** '''"HI, BILLY MAYS HERE!"'''
** '''"ButWaitTheresMore"'''
* {{Flanderization}}: He got CONSIDERABLY LOUDER over the years. [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness It's weird watching his old, normally-spoken commercials]]. ('''[[http://kdka.com/seenon/Billy.Mays.infomercials.2.1015019.html HE'S NOT SHOUTING HE'S]]''' '''''[[http://kdka.com/seenon/Billy.Mays.infomercials.2.1015019.html PROJECTING!]]''''')
* FullNameBasis: Maybe. He's almost always referred to as Billy Mays. Or BILLY MAYS.
* GagDub: Up until his death, and even after, he was the constant ([[AffectionateParody affectionate]]) target of [[http://www.youtube.com/jabo0odydubs Jabo0ody Dubs.]]
* '''[[LargeHam LARGE HAM]]''': He was remarkably cool and collected in most of the interviews he gave; his giant hamminess was explained as somewhere being [[MoneyDearBoy pragmatic about what attitude sells]] and [[HamAndCheese having fun in his job]].
* LimitedWardrobe: His wardrobe seemed to consist solely of blue shirts and tan pants, indeed to the point that this was parodied in an ad he did for [=ESPN360.com=] in which he's on the run and his suitcase is entirely filled with just blue shirts and tan pants. This is taken to an almost illogical extreme, since, as mentioned above, he was buried in that particular outfit. Furthermore, his pallbearers wore the same outfit.
* '''[[NoIndoorVoice NO INDOOR VOICE]]'''
** Averted by the show Pitchmen - when not on camera, his voice is quite average.
* NamesTheSame / LegacyCharacter: His father's name? BILLY MAYS, Sr. His son's name? BILLY MAYS III. On the televised memorial service, BILLY MAYS III mentioned that he might name ''his'' son BILLY MAYS IV.
* RefugeInAudacity: Some of the memes and jokes immediately following his death (with surprisingly few proceeding into VulgarHumor) were enough to make you laugh and hate yourself for it simultaneously. A good example? Images of Vince Offer holding up the Manga/DeathNote with his usual wild-eyed stare.
* '''[[RidiculouslyLoudCommercial RIDICULOUSLY LOUD COMMERCIAL]]'''
* SelfDeprecation:
** His ESPN 360 commercials seem to be a self-parody.
** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtYdDK1uTDI the video he made of himself]] ordering [=McDonald's=] breakfast.
* '''[[ShoutOut SHOUT OUT]]''': WesternAnimation/SouthPark season 13, episode "Dead Celebrities". Full stop.
-->"With just two easy steps, I can jump over these seats and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny kick you right in the fucking balls!]]"
* TakeThat: To VinceOffer and the [=ShamWow=] in [[http://youtu.be/CFdjbKDTTJU this Zorbeez commercial]]

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'''[[RunningGag HERE'S HOW TO ORDER!]]''' [-To order the BillyMays TV Tropes page, call 1-800-[[FiveFiveFive 555-5555]].-]
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