Creator / Matt Berry
Matthew Charles Berry (born 2 May 1974) is one of the hammiest
actors working in Britain today. Whilst he has had leading and supporting roles on several cult sitcoms, he is probably most well-known to denizens of the Internet as George the Volcano
from a series of ads for Volvic mineral water.
Also a terrific singer and musician, having released six studio albums to date, and even opening for Steven Wilson
at the Royal Albert Hall.
Has hammed in:
- Jackpot (1995)note
- Opium (2008)
- Witchazel (2011)
- Kill the Wolf (2013)
- Music for Insomniacs (2014)
- Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live (2015)
- The Small Hours (2016)
Tropes associated with this ham:
Tropes associated with his music:
- Album Title Drop: The word "witchazel" is uttered by a demonic voice towards the end of "Take My Hand".
- Design Student's Orgasm: The cover◊ of Music for Insomniacs, and the single◊, "Music for Insomniacs Part IV", both of which he painted himself.
- Epic Rocking: "The Pheasant" (8:41), "Solstice" (9:26) and "Night Terrors" (9:51). Music For Insomniacs consists of two pieces that last for just over 23 minutes.
- Face on the Cover: All of his output, with the exception of Music For Insomnics.
- Insomnia Episode: Music For Insomniacs was made during a bout of insomnia.
- Last Note Nightmare: There's one at the end of "Take My Hand", where it suddenly changes from a gentle indie folk kinda feel to bizarre dischordant electronics, finishing off with a witch-like cackle.
- Live Album: Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live.
- Progressive Rock: A huge part of his music. He cites Mike Oldfield as a major influence.
- Something Completely Different: People who know him for his comedy roles are often surprised to find out that his preferred musical style is jazzy progressive folk rather than anything comedic.
- The Something Song: "A Song For Rosie".