Large Ham Announcer
aka: Anythings Awesome With Announcers
"SUPEEEEEER SMAAAAAAAAAASH BROTHEEEEEERS!"
Looks like your audience needs some convincing that things are awesome, and that's where the announcers come in. Adding a classic sports play-by-play or color-commentary announcer, or a movie trailer-type announcer is an easy way to make anything more dramatic, more exciting, more thrilling. Large Ham
announcers are particularly effective. For a variant, rather than one of the loud announcer styles, you can go with the whispering golf-announcer style instead.
See also In a World
. For being applied to works of fiction, see Lemony Narrator
. May overlap with Cuckoolander Commentator
. Compare Large Ham Radio
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Announcers in Particular
Anime and Manga
Films — Live-Action
- Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace: That two-headed announcer for the podraces wouldn't shut up about how awesome everything was. And, funnily enough, the podrace announcer speaking Basic was voiced by Greg Proops, who was also Howard "Buckshot" Holmes.
- Dodgeball notably does something to this trope — possibly Not a Subversion — by having announcers make everything funnier. Jason Bateman's character in particular is an absolute riot.
- Similarly, the announcers in Best in Show make the dog show even funnier, especially as they're an Odd Couple - one a genteel English dog-breeding expert and the other a desperately misplaced American Football commentator.
- In Plan 9 from Outer Space, the short narration by The Amazing Criswell at the beginning of the movie.
- In The Wizard, the Videogame Armageddon announcer.
- Sports announcers.
- Marc Summers, the host of Double Dare (1986). He had to talk about things like giant PB&J sandwiches, human tacos, balloons filled with jelly, and banana split cars and make it all sound like an extreme sport. All while being obsessive/compulsive. Man's got balls.
- The show's off-screen announcer, Harvey, was plenty hammy himself, introducing the prizes for the winners in a "But wait - that's not all!" sort of voice and kicking off the show with a description of the opening scene that often descended to a Hurricane of Puns.
- Peter Schickele's sportscast version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
- Peter Dickson from The X Factor is so much like this it is a borderline parody.
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide does this.
- Pretty much any Game Show that offers a large array of prizes has to have a dynamic announcer who can make even a waffle iron or digital clock-radio sound exciting. The Price Is Right is a prime example.
- "But naaaiii on the UTV..." - what viewers in Northern Ireland usually get before Coronation Street.
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury has Flit, a fly that resides in Camille, who goes around being like this during the Zord battles. This became less frequent as the series progressed.
- And the parent, Juken Sentai Gekiranger had Bae, who fulfilled much the same role. He also took a back seat in later episodes but was certain to make an appearance any time a new mecha combination debuted.
- Andy Richter's overenthusiastic introductions for Conan.
- Professional Wrestling makes particular use of this trope, alternating between flat-out amazement at things they see every week and patter about the ongoing storylines. A few of the most memorable examples:
- "It's the irresistible force meeting the immovable object!"
- "Good God Almighty! They've killed him! As God is my witness, he is broken in half!"
- "Hulk Hogan can go to Hell! Straight to Hell!" (at Bash at the Beach '96)
- Gauntlet is, of course, one of the earliest and well-known examples.
- Any multiplayer oriented First-Person Shooter whose backstory revolves around the Tournament Arc falls into this, such as Quake III: Arena and the Unreal (Tournament/Championship) series.
- Skulltag announcer
- Capcom vs. Whatever
- Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Battle Revolution try for it.
- The Super Smash Bros. announcers. The announcer changes with each game, and each of them are always hammy. GAME!
- DJ Atomika, your eye in the sky on EA Radio BIG in SSX 3 doesn't actually commentate on events as they occur, but gives listeners the lowdown on the throwdowns after the fact while taking song requests and reporting local news. Looks like the dreaded snow snakes are back...
- MadWorld features Kreese Kreeley and Howard "Buckshot" Holmes giving the audience slay-by-slay coverage of the brutal Deathwatch bloodsport. Frankly, their interactions are some of the best parts of the game.
Howard: Well, it looks like there are no more people left for Jack to kill.
Kreese: Yeah, but he could still defile the bodies.
Howard: How so?
Kreese: You know, take trophies and shit; check out my necklace of human ears!
Howard: Check out my stream of projectile vomit! * vomiting noises *
Kreese: Aw, dude, did you have potatoes and corn?
Howard: Yes, I did.
- Video games based on Professional Wrestling seem to have far more storage space dedicated to announcer patter than any other audio in the game. And yet they still manage to repeat lines multiple times in the same match.
- The Blood Bowl video game that was released in 2010 would probably be a lot less amusing without the color commentary provided by two offscreen announcers, which include a former-player ogre and a nebbishy-sounding vampire. "Ooh! Bob, I haven't seen a hit like that since the time I walked in on an argument between you and your wife!" "What can I say, Jim, that little lady sure packs a punch!"
- Eggman, of all people, in Sonic Colors. Snarky announcements from Sonic's nemesis will often play over a PA system in each level (coinciding with the theme that all the stages are part of Eggman's "amusement park"). Since the game's script was written by the guys behind MadWorld, these, too, are some of the best parts of the game.
Eggman: We here at Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park consider ourselves the universe's first fully Green amusement park! Although the green is from all the nausea and vomiting, but still, green is green!
- Additionally, whenever Sonic or Eggman in the final boss uses wisps and the trick ramps, an actual announcer calls them out.
- The Halo multiplayer announcer.
- The Administrator from Team Fortress 2, who started out just as The Voice. Then Makani, a Big Name Fan, designed the actual character...then Valve adopted the design officially. What really makes her character is the poisonous contempt she displays for the teams.
- Portal has its own hilarious announcer. And an actual automated Announcer in the sequel.
"This next test applies the principles of momentum through movement through portals. If the laws of physics no longer apply in the future
, God help you."
- Star Wars: The Old Republic has Baron Deathmark, the Huttball announcer.
"Perhaps the worst throw in Frog-dogs history, RRREAALLY RREAALLLY TERRRIBLE!"
- The Joker takes up the role of announcer in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Hilarity Ensues.
"Harley tells me the Batman's car
is still parked right outside Intensive Treatment. We can't have him up and leave us! Every thug, villain, murderer and kindergarten teacher
that isn't carrying out party orders should head there now and smash it to pieces!"
- The announcer from S 4 League. CRITICAL! CRITICAL! TOUCHDOWN! STRRRRRIIIIIKE!!
- F-Zero: "You've got boost power! ALL RIGHT, FIRST PLACE!"
- The Announcer from Theme Hospital, providing both vital announcements and Announcer Chatter in a chirpy Esturine accent.
"Today's special offer: half-price hair replacement!"
- "FINISH HIM!" Mortal Kombat's very own Shao Kahn even announces when he's the one fighting.
- Killer Instinct: "C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!"
- Fossil Fighters has P.A. Leon and Slate Johnson, giving you their professional, totally unbiased commentary... as they cheer you on.
- Dance Dance Revolution. Even if the announcer is turned off, he will still ham it up at the results screen. His ham overrides the setting.
- Mod Nation Racers has two commentators, Biff Tradwell and Gary Reasons. Biff is a hammy, arrogant jerk (who never wears pants behind the desk for some reason) while Gary is rather timid and constantly having to fend off Biff's insults. At the end of the career mode, Gary retaliates by administering a Vulcan Neck Pinch on Biff The dialogue is quite funny.
- The announcer from Unreal Tournament was so memorable, the voice clip was stolen for Warcraft3 genre-changing mod Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars.
- The menu announcer of the arcade boat racing game Hydro Thunder is commonly known for yelling absolutely everything you do, including naming any track or boat you choose.
- Mickey Cantor in Monday Night Combat, who is a direct descendant of Andres Cantor, the soccer announcer pictured at the top of the page. Not only is he an extremely energetic play-by-play announcer, he's also an expert corporate mouthpiece. He seems to especially enjoy encouraging the pros — and any fans who happen to have brought their sniper rifles from home — to kill MNC mascot Bullseye.
- Super Monday Night Combat has him replaced by straight-laced professional GG Stack and bombastic former competitor Chip Valvano. They both get very excited when announcing, say, a kill streak or turret going down.
- The DJ's of Ridge Racer series are this in general, Ridge Racer 6 and 3D take the cake, though.
- The Taris Duel Arena announcer in Knights of the Old Republic.
Announcer: "And now, the moment we've all been waiting for... LET THE DEATH MATCH... BEGIN!"
- X-Men Legends has one. "COMBO!"
- Rock And Roll Racing. "LET THE CARNAGE BEGIN!"
- With a name like Super Meat Boy, it's only fitting that the game has a ham-tastic announcer. See the title screen? SUUUPER MEAT BOOOY! Use a cheat code to play as a secret character? POOSH DA BUTTONS! Enter a warp-zone? WARP ZOOOOOONE!
- Destruction Derby offers a commentator with maybe 30 things to say, mostly focusing on the car carnage. Two of the memorable lines are "It's like rush hour in LA!" and (in the hot-potato Bomb Mode) "Get rid of that bomb!"
- beatmania IIDX has a variety of announcers, ranging from the formal to this trope. Notable examples include SUPER STAR MITSURU and the very manly default announcer of beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA.
- Dynomutt Dog Wonder has Ron Feinberg, a gloriously spastic announcer.
- The narrator from The Powerpuff Girls.
- While the show itself didn't have one, Invader Zim's crew gave Zim's computer the voice of a monster truck show announcer.
- Futurama, mostly in their...TALES! OF! INTEREST!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Spike, who through the course of the first season discovers his enjoyment of announcing things like footraces and/or fisticuffs (hooficuffs?) and fashion shows. He takes great pride and hamminess in this.
- The Legend of Korra's Pro-Bending commentator, Shiro Shinobi, who also narrates the Previously On segments.
Grab your snacks and grab your kids, because this next match is gonna be a doozy!
- Taken Up to Eleven in a late Season 2 episode, where his reactions to an actual, serious fight between a main character and some assassins start to resemble his commentator patter, despite the fact that he has no mic nor any audience other than the man who happens to be sitting next to him.
- Old-time circus ringmasters - as well as their podunk counterparts, the traveling carnival barkers (popularly portrayed shouting "Hurry, hurry, hurry!" in an exaggerated Northeastern accent).
- In the early days of radio and television, all newscasters were hammy. (This is the main reason why most of the classic newsreels have dated very badly.) Today this behavior is restricted to sports commentators. And newscasters who used to be sports commentators (e.g. Keith Olbermann).
- In Atlanta, GA, Gary Owens - the actor who is most commonly known as the voice of Space Ghost (as well as having been a DJ (surprised?) before Laugh In et al) - is not only hammy, but uses the Space Ghost voice when announcing for other products or events for the recognition factor.
- Noli de Castro of ABS-CBN is quite a hammy announcer himself. In fact, every time he does his announcement, it consumes the scene.
- Sports announcer Howard Cosell was a major real-life Large Ham Announcer, most famous for his years as an announcer to Monday Night Football. Cosell was instantly recognizable for his steady, punctuated style of speaking. He's often the subject of parodies when someone attempts to announce sports, simply because his voice was so unforgettable.
- Larry Munson, long time commentator for the Georgia Bulldogs, was very excitable — especially when Georgia was close in a game — also add a dash of bias. His most classic calls were also the most hammy.
- Dave Niehaus, long-time announcer for the Seattle Mariners baseball team, was something of a local legend because of how excited he got during a game, particularly when the Mariners were winning. In particular, he was famous for his Catch Phrases: "My Oh My!" and "Get out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma, this one is going to be a grand salami!" (After a Grand Slam was hit.)
- The Pittsburgh Penguins' commentator Mike Lange, famous both for excitability and for coining rather random but colorful phrases to exclaim like "Scratch my back with a hacksaw!"
- John Sterling, radio announcer for the New York Yankees, tends to get over the top when calling a Yankees home run—"That ball is high! It is far! IT! IS! GONE! A home run for (insert player name here)! (One or two phrases customized for that player, usually involving bad puns)!" and at the end of a Yankees win. "Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeeee Yankees! WIN!" The greater the magnitude of the win, the longer the word "the" is drawn out, with the longest being the final game of the 1996 World Series.
- Cleveland's radio announcer, Tom Hamilton, can also get pretty hammy at times when Cleveland scores, or at the very least, very loud. Just imagine how exciting a comeback from a 12-run deficit at the 7th-inning stretch could get. (That's not him announcing the 7th inning.)