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Creator / Vince Offer

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"Hi, it's Vince with TV Tropes!"

"Hi, it's Vince with ShamWow!"
"Hi, it's Vince with Slap Chop!"
"Hey, it's Vince with Eminem's new album called Recovery!"
"Hey, it's Vince Offer here with my new product called the Schticky!"

Vince Offer (born Offer Shlomi; April 25, 1964 in Beersheba, Israel) made quite an impression hawking the Shamwow towel and immortalizing the line, "You followin' me, camera guy?" If he had only one commercial under his belt he could easily be dismissed as a one-hit wonder. But Vince soon returned in a new commercial for Slap Chop, where he cheerfully informs us that we will love his nuts. The internet indeed loves him and occasionally gets creative about it. Then, in 2012, he made his triumphant return with the Schticky.

In 1999, Offer directed The Underground Comedy Movie and in 2013 InAPPropriate Comedy.

By coincidence, bears an uncanny resemblance to Team Fortress 2's Scout. Which was quickly acknowledged in the game.

You're gonna love my examples:

  • Archenemy: Billy Mays. Not only were they rivals as popular pitchmen, but Mays also accused Offer of plagiarizing demos and promoting inferior products.
  • Ascended Meme: The Rap Chop and Jamwow music videos are now used as television commercials, with copyrighted material replaced with footage of dancers in bizarre costumes.
  • Big Applesauce: Despite being born in Israel, he was raised in Brooklyn, and it shows in his iconic accent. This is one of the reasons so many comparisons are made between him and the Scout, as the latter speaks with this same manner of speech despite being a Bostonian.
  • Blind Shoulder Toss: Does this to a competing Slap Chop, with the gadget landing neatly in the sink behind him. The Spanish language version has it instead land on the venetian blinds and tear them off the window, while Offer continues his pitch undeterred.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "You'll use it in the house. You'll use it in the car. You can also use it at the beach. And at your dad's funeral. Now, you'll have an exciting life!"
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: Tons of it, especially in the Slap-Chop ad.
  • Double Entendre: "You're gonna love my nuts." Given that he does the same joke with the eggs in the Spanish version (huevos being both the word for "eggs" and a slang for the testes), it's very unlikely that the "nuts" line was accidental.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": It's easy to find people who have never heard of Vince Offer because they only know him as the "Shamwow Guy."
  • Faux Fluency: Instead of dubbing his ads into Spanish, he re-recorded them with him doing the pitch in Spanish. The sentences are rather simplified, but the essence is still there.
  • Germanic Efficiency: "Made in Germany. You know the Germans always make good stuff."
  • Iconic Item: The headset, if not the merchandise.
  • If You Call Before Midnight Tonight: "Because you know we can't do this all day."
  • Large Ham: His saving grace. The products he hawks are crap, but it's just so much fun to watch him.
  • Meaningful Name: Vince Offer. He's a salesman.
    • Bonus points for it being his first name. His real name is Offer Shlomi.
  • Motor Mouth: The Camera Guy can't even follow him.
  • Onion Tears: Defied in the Slap Chop commercial.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Due to the speed at which he's doing his sales pitches, it's easy to miss a few of the jokes the first time around.
  • Self-Deprecation: His latest ad on Eminem's Recovery CD mocks his own sales pitch.
    • The Schticky ad states that it can come through even when you aren't at your best, and simulates a mug shot being taken note .
  • This Loser Is You: Most of the Slapchop advert. "You see this tuna? This tuna is boring. Stop having a boring tuna, stop having a boring life."
  • Throw It In: In the Spanish version of the Slap Chop commercial, Vince throws the competitor product over his shoulder into the sink. It knocks down the venetian blinds on the way.

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Slap Chop

In this classic ad for Slap Chop, TV pitchman Vince Offer sneaks in the phrase "You're gonna love my nuts" while promoting the Slap Chop kitchen gadget.

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