->''"Cadwallader scored again, making things level, but Luna did not seem to have noticed; she appeared singularly uninterested in such mundane things as the score, and kept attempting to draw the crowd's attention to such things as interestingly shaped clouds and the possibility that Zacharias Smith, who had so far failed to maintain possession of the Quaffle for longer than a minute, was suffering from something called 'Loser's Lurgy.'"''
-->-- ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''

It's the BigGame, everyone is in the stands and excited. They can't wait to see what happens, to hear the announcer as he or she comments on the action and keeps the crowd up to date. Too bad said announcer is off in his own little world and not really paying much attention to the actual game.

The Cuckoolander Commentator is, as the name suggests, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} whose job it is to announce, comment on, or otherwise narrate on what's going on at an event. This will cause, at the very least, an UnreliableNarrator and will usually require a straightman second announcer to act as the CloudcuckoolandersMinder.

It's less common to see such announcers in a serious event or setting, unless the story in question is a comedy in the first place. More commonly it will be a relatively informal affair, and indeed the Cuckoolander Commentator may just take up the job himself without anyone asking (or particularly wanting) them to do so.

If the character does appear in a formal or major setting, it could be that the Cuckoolander is actually a deliberate act. A characterization the announcer does to add some flavor to the job and add to the witty banter between a co-announcer or host.

Compare LargeHamAnnouncer, which this trope can overlap with, since the Cuckoolander Commentator's antics can easily be a CrowningMomentOfFunny for a work. Tends to be the Wise Guy half of a StraightManAndWiseGuy duo.

May also be TheAnnouncer for a game show, in which case any Cuckoolander qualities may indeed be an intentional act for entertainment.

Currently, this trope is envisioned for announcers at particular events or shows, rather than the general narrator, though that may change depending on examples. Also, it isn't intended to include merely snarky or funny commentators. Cuckoolander Commentators ''are'' usually funny, but it's often because they're so out there and, barring the deliberate act clause, usually aren't doing it intentionally.


[[folder: Comics]]
* ''JLA #76'' starts out by showing ComicBook/PlasticMan announcing the eponymous League's celebratory baseball game. At the end of the scene, everyone disappears except him, leading him to call for a break in the both while he has a seizure. As it turns out, [[spoiler: he's hallucinating as his body is reconstituted in the Watchtower's lab.]]

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' gives us Pepper Brooks, known for his [[CaptainObvious staggering powers of deduction]] and assortment of non sequiturs. While Cotton [=McKnight=] isn't exactly a shining paragon of sanity, he usually plays the StraightMan to Pepper by popping a FascinatingEyebrow and choosing not to respond to Pepper's more... outlandish comments.
-->'''Cotton [=McKnight=]''': Folks, I'm being told that Average Joe's does not have enough players, and will be forfeiting the championship match.\\
'''Pepper Brooks''': It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for 'em.
* Fred Willard's character in ''Film/BestInShow'' is a former UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball player turned sportscaster, who is horribly misplaced commentating alongside an expert at the titular dog show. This results in tangents and crude humor, as well as an overwhelmingly clear impression that he has no idea what he's doing.

[[folder: Literature]]
* The example quoted above is the result when Luna Lovegood is made a Quidditch commentator in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince.'' Professor [=McGonagall=] acts as her Minder.
--> '''Luna:''' ...but now that big Hufflepuff player's got the Quaffle from her. I can't remember his name. It's something like Bibble - no, Buggins -\\
'''Professor [=McGonagall=]:''' It's Cadwallader!
** The earlier commentator, Lee Jordan, wasn't as extreme, but had shades of this trope. While he did announce what was going on in the game, he also had a tendency to rant about the Slytherin team's less-than-ethical play tactics (including [[CurseCutShort screaming profanity]] at them), discuss how pretty he thinks certain female players on the Gryffindor team are, and gush about Harry's new Firebolt ("Jordan, are you being paid to advertise Firebolts? Get on with the commentary!") He also can swear pretty badly when Gryffindor is losing, to the extent where [=McGonagall=] tried to take the microphone off of him at one point.
* Rowling later did a write-up of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup with Ginny Weasley acting as the commentator and ''Daily Prophet'' and perennial Dumbledore's Army thorn-in-the-side Rita Skeeter acting as a gossip commentator because of the presence of members of Dumbledore's Army in the audience. This in itself doesn't put her in cuckoolander territory, as it's actually her job to gossip on their activities. Where this comes in is when she starts trying to fit ''everything'' they're doing into her gossip narrative, to the point where she tries to make something sinister out of their cheering for exciting moments of the match, so engrossed in this idea that she doesn't realize that said exciting moments are happening. Finally, at the end of the match, Ginny has enough of it and gives her a "jinx to the solar plexus."

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive:'' A recurring sketch featured a pair of announcers at various ladies sporting events, one of whom is completely clueless. One of his more cogent moments, after a bowler bowls a strike:
-->'''Greg Stink:''' She's gotta be careful.\\
'''Pete Twinkle:''' Why is that?\\
'''Greg Stink:''' [[UsefulNotes/{{Baseball}} Two more strikes and she is outta there]].\\
'''Pete Twinkle:''' No, no, no... Now, hold on, Greg. I -- you know, I think you're thinking about baseball.\\
'''Greg Stink:''' Yeah, you're probably right! I ''do not'' know this game! It is an ''absolute'' mystery to me!
** ''Series/SaturdayNightLive's'' portrayal of Chicago Cubs announcer Harry Carey made him appear this way, with Harry going off on completely unrelated tangents when delivering his reports on Weekend Update.
* A hilarious example happens in ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', where Fry and Laurie are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znmjnEMqHeg commenting on an English Cricket game]]. By the end of the sketch they're shouting about completely random things from growing up in England.
-->'''Hugh Laurie''': STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM!
* {{Creator/MTV}} Brazil had a [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball soccer]] tournament between musicians, ''Rockgol''. Given the high level of play (one time a player managed to make an offside reposition wrong!), the commentators, usually comedians, would [[TheNicknamer put nicknames on the players and referees]] and talk about anything possible.
* Creator/{{ESPN}} employs one of these for, of all things, the ''World Series of Poker'' in the form of Norman Chad.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/DustyRhodes. ''{{Website/Botchamania}}'' has a segment called "Insane Dusty Commentary".
* Art Donovan at ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S7w0F7WsZg King of the Ring 94]]''.
* Wrestling/{{Taz|z}} on occasions and {{Website/Botchamania}} has a segment called "Insipid Taz Commentary".
* Wrestling/AlSnow on Sunday Night Heat. For one thing, he had a different name for every {{jobber}} than whatever they would be announced as and was convinced every last one of them was part of the "Bobaganush clan".
* [[RunningGag Pretty much]] every Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} commentator [[StraightMan besides]] Dave Prazak, including Allison Danger but especially Portia Perez and Kellie Skater, for whom delusion is already a given.
* Wrestling/BookerT. since returning to do commentary on Smackdown in 2011.
* Brad Maddox on his few commentary appearances. What he says almost always contradicts what's actually going on in the ring. Once during the middle of a match he asked Wrestling/MichaelCole if he had "direct deposit on his check?"
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger during the early volumes of Shine, when she decided to join the more straight forward Lenny Leonard of its WWN predecessors Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}oH, FIP, Wrestling/DragonGate USA and EVOLVE.
* On the March 30, 2013 edition of Saturday Morning Slam, Wrestling/DanielBryan served as guest commentator, and spent much of the time going off on a tangent about bears, culminating in Bryan going ballistic when [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio Cesaro]] put Wrestling/{{R|onKillings}}-Truth in a bear hug. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v96d9NLMaFs See it here.]]
* After Matt Taven got injured near the end of 2015, he spent 2016 behind the ROH table, and was fine so long as he was reminded of his own "greatness" or saw something he personally experienced. Any deviation from these things led to diatribes about hair, his school day shenanigans, virtual pets, his acting aspirations and such.

[[folder: Radio]]
* The radio version of ''Series/DeadRingers'' parodied famous cricket commentators' (such as Henry Blofeld, whose father was the namesake for [[Franchise/JamesBond the Bond villain]]) tendency to talk about all the cakes they'd been sent in by local fans by exaggerating it into them rather talking about those than the ongoing cricket match.

[[folder: Sporting Events ]]
* UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball commentator Rex Hunt sometimes makes it ''really'' hard to tell what's going on from his commentary (even for those who understand the game perfectly), and combines it with LargeHam. Depending on who you ask, the result is either heaps of fun or incredibly annoying.
* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL's]] JohnMadden showed glimpses of this during his long tenure as a color commentator. Between his tendency to fall into CaptainObvious mode, his occasional near-incoherent ramblings, and some absolutely bizarre moments (Turducken, anyone?), his eccentricity made him easily the most beloved of NFL commentators during his time.
* Brazilian announcer Galvão Bueno has many moments of this, given he rambles a lot and at times tries to show off his intelligence with inane and {{malaproper}}-filed comments. An infamous case was "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkzvtZJSyI4 The physics don't allow it.]]"
* Spanish Wrestling/{{WWE}} announcer Héctor del Mar definitely qualifies. His callings tend to fall in all kinds of absurd puns, improvised senseless proverbs and downright bizarre comments about the matches and the wrestling in general, and the most awesome thing is that he is ''not'' the color commentator (who technically is Fernando Costilla, DeadpanSnarker of ''[[Series/TakeshisCastle Humor Amarillo]]'' fame). Despite his little attachment to wrestling announcing itself, Del Mar is popular in Spain to the point that many Spaniards watch WWE more due to him than the actual product.
* Don Chery of ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'' may be a good mid-game commenter, but it's sometimes hard to tell what he's saying over his extremely loud and varied wardrobe.
* As alluded to in the Radio section, ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} Test Match Special]]'' on BBC Radio 4 has a reputation for its commentators going off on rambling tangents about something only incidentally related to the match, albeit usually while the players are breaking for lunch or a SpotOfTea or the match is halted by inclement weather. Most cricket fans wouldn't have it any other way.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'': Gruntilda, when hosting the game show portion at the end.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'' had Dallas as a Cloud Cuckoolander and Juanita as his minder.
* ''[[VideoGame/MondayNightCombat Super Monday Night Combat]]'' derives a large portion of its humor from this trope.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* WebVideo/JesseCox could be considered this. Especially when paired up with... well... just about ''anyone'' really but especially the more serious [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit TotalBiscuit]]. It gets inverted when he works with WebVideo/{{Wowcrendor}}, who despite often being much more mellow than the bombastic Jesse, is a major Cloudcuckoolander on his own. This fact gets lampshaded in an episode of ''Podcast/TheCoOptionalPodcast'' when Jesse realizes that, when he's teamed with Crendor, ''he's'' the TB of the duo.
* {{LetsPlay}}er LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} is this turned UpToEleven. His Let's Play commentary is some of the most bizarre stream of non-sequitur consciousness you'll ever find on the Internet.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has one: Coach Z attempting to be the announcer for the [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/floatparade.html Fall Float Parade]]. Marzipan is not amused.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'':
** In "Rock, Clocks, and Two Stupid Ponies", Pinkie and Spike are allegedly the commentators for the fall race. In practice, they spend all their time talking about how high they are and never even mention the race.
** In "The Pet Games", Dick Hardman spouts non-sequiturs and nonsense, and he frequently has no idea what's even happening in the game. The other commentator, Tom Waterman is much saner in comparison, but he can't be all there because [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight he acts like Dick's commentary is completely normal]].


[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Pinkie Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is the commentator alongside Spike for the contest between Applejack and Rainbow Dash during the annual Running of the Leaves.
-->'''Spike:''' You know, Pinkie, these two ponies have a bit of a grudge match they're trying to settle, trying to prove who's the most athletic.\\
'''Pinkie:''' ''Yes!'' And "grudge" rhymes with "fudge"!\\
'''Spike:''' Yes it...does? What?\\
'''Pinkie:''' And I like fudge. But if I eat too much fudge, I get a pudge, and then I can't budge.\\
'''Spike:''' So...no fudge?\\
'''Pinkie:''' Aw, no thanks. I had a big breakfast. \\
[...] \\
'''Spike:''' Looks like Rainbow's doing her best to catch up! \\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' I'm not sure how ketchup is going to help her in this contest. Now in a hot dog eating contest, it can make them doggies nice and slippery, but personally I prefer mustard. How about you, Spike? \\
'''Spike:''' Uh...I like pickles?
* Nick Diamond is certainly more eccentric than his co-commentator, often filling time between ''WesternAnimation/{{Celebrity Deathmatch}}es'' with ... something bizarre.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had Phineas and Grandpa announce the roller derby. Phineas actually commentated the events while Grandpa just listed all the colors he could think of. [[LiteralMinded He was the color commentator.]]
** A later episode had Phineas and Isabella commentating on a batting cage competition, with Isabella describing it as something between the X-Games and a gladiatorial match.
--->'''Isabella:''' "It's survival of the fittest! A test of wills! Only one contestant will survive!"
--->'''Phineas:''' "No, no, no; everyone will survive."