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"Not only are we going to New Hampshire ... we're going to South Carolina and Oklahoma and Arizona and North Dakota and New Mexico, and we're going to California and Texas and New York! And we're going to South Dakota and Oregon and Washington and Michigan. And then we're going to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House, yeeeeeaaaaaargh!"
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  • In general, politicians at rallies and campaigns tend to be Large Hams in order to win votes from enthusiastic supporters.
  • Quoted above: Presidential candidate Howard Dean, whose enthusiastic, red-faced shouting (caused in part by loud background noises at the venue that were not notable on the TV feed — and partly by the fact that he was addressing a crowd of enthusiastic young people) led to public embarrassment and the end of his candidacy. He was deemed "not regal enough" for the office.
      • Until that moment, the Candidate's hammy persona had been an extremely effective fundraising tool and his entire campaign had been built on his high-energy appeal to young people.
  • Gene Wilder can be soft spoken in many of his roles, but then start Suddenly SHOUTING! for no particular reason.
  • Zero Mostel was made of ham and he certainly knew how to use his reputation for being difficult to his advantage.
  • The late Billy Mays, known for his energetic, loud performance in his commercials, provides the page image.
  • Steve Irwin, who was hammy even to the faces of snakes and crocodiles. May he rest in peace.
  • Fitness guru Richard Simmons plays this to the hilt on numerous talk shows, and gives every appearance of behaving like that all the time. Among fans of the comedy/improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, his guest appearance is particularly... infamous.
    • Good Lord!
  • Hamminess in fitness gurus is contagious. Take Tony Little, for example.
  • Before Tony Little, there was Susan "Stop The Insanity!" Powter.
  • Adolf Hitler, a master of Milking the Giant Cow and loud speeches set to Music to Invade Poland To, and who was particularly inspired by the Germanic, theatrical, bombastic, extra ham-laden Romantic operas of Richard Wagner. Occasionally, he was outright screaming into the microphone.
  • George S. Patton and his famous speech to the Third Army, which was very popular with his men. Here's a few extracts from the speech:

    "All through your army career you men have bitched about what you call 'this chicken-shit drilling.' That is all for a purpose—to ensure instant obedience to orders and to create constant alertness. This must be bred into every soldier. I don't give a fuck for a man who is not always on his toes. But the drilling has made veterans of all you men. You are ready! A man has to be alert all the time if he expects to keep on breathing. If not, some German son-of-a-bitch will sneak up behind him and beat him to death with a sock full of shit! There are four hundred neatly marked graves in Sicily, all because one man went to sleep on the job—but they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before his officer did!"

    "When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a Boche will get him eventually. The hell with that.! My men don't dig foxholes! Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving! We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have or ever will have. We're not just going to shoot the bastards, we're going to rip out their living goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks! We're going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket!"

    "I don't want any messages saying 'I'm holding my position.' We're not holding a goddamned thing! We're advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding anything except the enemy's balls. We're going to hold him by his balls and we're going to kick him in the ass; twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all the time. Our plan of operation is to advance and keep on advancing. We're going to go through the enemy like shit through a tinhorn!"

    "Don't forget, you don't know I'm here at all. No word of that fact is to be mentioned in any letters. The world is not supposed to know what the hell they did with me. I'm not supposed to be commanding this army! I'm not even supposed to be in England! Let the first bastards to find out be the goddamned Germans. Some day, I want them to rise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl 'Ach! It's the goddamned Third Army and that son-of-a-bitch Patton again!"

    "Then there's one thing you men will be able to say when this war is over and you get back home. Thirty years from now when you're sitting by your fireside with your grandson on your knee and he asks, 'What did you do in the great World War Two?' You won't have to cough and say, 'Well, your granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.' No sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say 'Son, your granddaddy rode with the great Third Army and a son-of-a-goddamned-bitch named George Patton!"

    • (From the Live Action Films section): "Interestingly enough, George S. Patton's daughters said that Scott nailed Patton's personality so perfectly, they felt like they were actually watching their father on the movie screen. The movie actually DOWNPLAYS some of the more crude and vulgar catchphrases that he was famous for."
  • General Douglas MacArthur of World War II. "PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES, I HAVE RETURNED!"note 
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower served as MacArthur's aide de camp during Mac's term as Army Chief of Staff, and then followed MacArthur to the Philippines in their next assignment. Later in his career, when asked if he knew MacArthur, Eisenhower replied, "I ought to. I studied dramatics under him for seven years!"
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    • Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe at the Battle of the Bulge famously responded to a request to surrender from the Germans by saying "NUTS!" Large ham indeed.
  • Benito Mussolini was also fond of his own bombastic voice and gestures. "The bullets pass - Mussolini remains!" His speeches were extremely hammy too, such as one he made in Ancona, 1932.
    • Allegedly, he was hammy even when facing certain death. "SHOOT ME IN THE CHEST!" (Unfortunately for Mussolini, they didn't.)
  • Fidel Castro, notorious for his bombastic, hours-long (!) speeches and perhaps one of the most famous examples of Windbag Politician.
    • "Judge me if you will, I don't care. HISTORY WILL ABSOLVE ME! "
      • Since he said that at his 1953 trial by the regime of Fulgencio Batista, which he then overthrew by waging a full-scale insurrection six years later, he might have had a point.
  • The late Hugo Chávez, who absolutely had to be the centre of attention at all times. At least until he got shut down by the King of Spain.
  • Venezuelan Marabinos or "Maracuchos" as they are known fit this trope to a T. Having a unique charisma and a tendency to exaggerate everything. All the more if they start fighting each other. Maracaibo itself counts as World of Ham.
  • Don King, iconic boxing promoter. Even his hair overacts.
    • The English language is unable to sustain his ham on its own, which is why he is constantly freestyling new vocabulary.
  • Janice Dickinson, the self-proclaimed "world's first supermodel."
  • Any Dungeon Master/Game Master worth their salt is this.
  • Chile is mostly known as a World of Snark, but it doesn't mean it can't have its share of ham:
    • Chilean ex-President Ricardo Lagos, specially if he whips out his index finger. Doing this in The '80s to none other than Augusto Pinochet, plus quite a menacing stare towards the camera, was quite memetic.
    • Sport reporter and narrator Fernando Solabarrieta, who is known to cry and scream when he's hyperventilated. Those who want to see it shall check this.
    • Pedro Carcuro is another Chilean ham (and unsurprisingly, one with Italian ancestry); he may be a bit low-key when compared to Solabarrieta, but gets extra point for still still hammy through at least 30 years. A good example is is absolutely EPIC celebration of this very awesome goal in The '80s note ; it was quite the Memetic Mutation back then... and still is.
    • Comedian and radio host Guillermo González Bravo, better known in Chile as WIIIIILLLLYYYY SABOOOOOOOORRRRRRR!!!!
    • The late sports commenter Eduardo Bonvallet was quite a ham too; he had some inklings of this as a soccer player, but once he started his TV career he let his inner pork go loose to absolutely scary levels...
    • "Rosa Espinoza", complete with quite the Cluster F Bombs.
    • Following the lead of Carcuro and Solabarrieta, sports narrator Claudio Palma is more than capable of hamming it up during matches.
    • TV host Mario Kreutzberger aka Don Francisco, mostly known for his variety/game show Sábados Gigantes and the Chilean answer to Jerry Lewis's MDA, "la Teletón". To many Chileans, this son of Jewish-German refugees is THE REAL TROPE CODIFIER.
  • Since football in Latin-America and some European countries is very Serious Business, every single football commentator (whether on the TV or on radio) is required to be VERY hammy. Otherwise they'd never be able to reach the levels of flailing and screaming they get when a specially important and/or well-done goal is scored.
    • The press boxes of the stadiums in the 2006 World Cup were open onto the field, which occasionally meant that the sound from one set of broadcasters was audible in the next box over. The ESPN box was right next to that of a Spanish network during one of Spain's matches. Whene Spain scored a goal, viewers in the US watching ESPN could hear the Spanish announcers in the next box going absolutely bananas...for the next five minutes!
      • Just so you guys know, this is the standard.
    • Sportscaster Galvão Bueno is the unquestioned Ham Emperor of Brazilian TV. The Ham is cranked up to eleven when a Brazilian wins a Formula One Race. Or when Brazil wins a World Cup.
    • Dutch commentator Jack van Gelder has earned a bit of a reputation for his uncontrolled emotions when Oranje (the Dutch national football team) scores.
    • Also from Brazil, ESPN commentator Romulo Mendonça. He provides a narration of CHAAAAOOSSS (to the point that Catch Phrase is on his Twitter avatar) to the entire North American Big Four - NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL...
  • Finnish commentator Antero Mertaranta when Finland beat Russia in the ice hockey world championship semifinals.
  • Bosnian commentator Marijan Miajlovic.
  • Korean Shoutcasters take sports very seriously. Described to perfection by Abstruse Goose.
  • Arabic commentators have a similar reputation, take a look at this one.
  • Diego Maradona seems to be Ham King among the players, and now, also coaches.
  • Not that American sports commentators are any more subdued. John Madden, anyone?
    • Especially if Madden is talking about 'his Favrerite' player, Bret Favre. You know Madden has one of those creepy shrines in his basement.
  • Pittsburgh Sportscaster Myron Cope was made of ham. Even though he kept kosher.
  • Another American sports commentator example is Paul Allen, radio play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Vikings. His bellowing of "TOUCHDOWN!" at least once a game rivals many soccer commentators, and this applies whether the touchdown is by the Vikings or against them.
  • For college basketball fans, two words: Dick Vitale.
  • The UK also have their own hammy sports commentator with Jonathan Pearce. No wonder he was picked to be the commentator of Robot Wars as well.
  • For baseball, you have Hawk Harrelson of the White Sox, Mike Shannon of the Cardinals, and Harry Caray of the Cubs.
  • In darts, very high scoring throws, particularly those worth 170+ get a loud call from the referee, with commentators usually noting the referee's call at most of the sub-maximums. Then there's the are the calls for the maximum...(T20, T20, T20)
  • Youtube Partner Hellsing920 is like this on occasions. THIS IS CALLED A LONGBOX!
  • Japanese YouTube celebrity Hajime Syacho. The man takes mugging for the camera to a whole new level.
  • Youtuber No More Marbles, who is borderline infamous amongst Twilight fans (and a few anti-fans) for having developed a bizarrely, gleefully goofy, over-the-top (and admittedly borderline creepy) on-camera persona. Samples: A parody in response to fans' badmouthing the casting of Robert Pattinson in the movie version of ''Twilight'', Getting threatened by Eminem, "NO! Anything but the Volvo!!!".
  • Some Russian leaders from the 20th Century on have quite a lot to say in regards to hamminess:
  • Perhaps underestimated for his hamminess is Soviet astronaut Alexei Leonov. During a press conference in the US while training for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, he stated his wish to become a movie star in Hollywood. During the mission, he said, in addition to English and Russian, a third language was spoken on the mission: "Oklahomski", referring to his American counterpart, Tom Stafford.
  • Meat Loaf. Look at any of his music videos, or anything of him on Youtube... he really should be named for THIS meat.
  • Tony Robbins.
  • Don Cherry, of Coach's Corner infamy in Canada. Also, his suits. And intro music. And his hats. Oh dear sweet lord, his hats
  • Michael Buffer is famous for this. But his ham is nothing compared to Lenne Hardt.
    • Impressive, but in his favour, Buffer has had his ham trademarked. "LLLLLLLLLLLLLLet's get ready to RRRRRRRRUUUUMMMMMMMMBBBBBLLLLLLLLEEEEEE!"
  • Boris "Bojo" Johnson
  • Speaking of British politicians, actor and MP Andrew Faulds certainly had a reputation as a ham. He broke the tradition in his maiden speech of honoring his predecessor (instead chastising him, because the man had run what could be considered a racist campaign today). Faulds also used grandstanding and heckling, which probably helped to prevent him from rising very far in the Labour Party.
  • Many real-life pirates were known for this, in particular Blackbeard (who was genuinely attempting to scare people so he could rule by fear) and Bartholomew Roberts, who wore a giant diamond-encrusted cross on a necklace. Yes, Black Bart Roberts had bling.
  • There are a couple of professional poker players who deserve mention here, including but not limited to...
  • For better or for worse, President Barack Obama. YES WE CAN!
  • John Barrowman.

  • The 2016 Election Season is already a World of Ham:
    • Ted Cruz actually read Green Eggs and Ham during a filibuster . As expected, it was very, well... hammy. No doubt comes from his father.
    • THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF ESTABLISHMENT ECONOMICS (does this weird hand wavy thing) WHEN WE HAVE YUUUUUGGGEEE INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY - Bernie Sanders, plus his Brooklyn accent just seals the deal...

  • To be a convincing and charismatic CEO, you have to ham it up:

  • Cleveland sports TV and radio personality Bruce Drennan, with his trademark "IIIIIIII lovvvve ya Cleveland!"
  • From the world of bodybuilding, Ronnie Coleman, the most pumped-up ham since Ahnuld, as well as the closest thing to a Real Life Smug Super. Watching him lift insane amounts of weight on YouTube straddles the line between shock-inducing and Narm, but it is always undeniably ham.
  • Some Brazilian preachers are prone to this (borderline/hilarious example).
  • The deceased Pope John Paul II had also his share of hamminess as well, specially in his first decade of pontificate (when his health still was more or less good). I.e., his visit to the still-under-dictatorship Chile had him reuniting a crowd of 90.000 in the Estadio Nacional for a speech, and the most recalled phrase he said there was a simply bombastic "No tengáis miedo... DE MIRARRRRRLO A ÉEEEEEEL!" (roughly translated as "Do not be afraid... OF LOOOKINGGG AAAAAT HIIIIIIIIIM!") (Him being God, obviously).
    • He did some acting before entering the priesthood, sometimes it showed.
    • "Be not afraid" was his best known signature phrase along with "Open the doors" (for Jesus), "Hear His voice" and a few others. Fr. Marco Frisina strung these signature phrases together and wrote a hymn for his canonization.
  • Judge Ana Mari­a Polo from Caso Cerrado:
    CASO CERRADO! [whack!]
  • The Lakota (Sioux) language has special constructions for rhetoric (in other words, it marks hamminess in its grammar the way Japanese marks politeness) — and men's speech is marked by using them. Apparently, the Sioux believe Real Men Chew Scenery.
  • This anti-gay marriage ad is made of GOD'S HAM. Even if you don't agree with the ad, it's entertaining to watch.
  • Live-Action Films and Theatre version: Ken Page. He took over the role of Old Deuteronomy from BRIAN BLESSED, and voiced the villainous ham Oogie Boogie. Even when put on the spot, he doesn't fail to shine ham it up.
  • Jean-Bedel Bokassa, who crowned himself as Emperor of Central Africa, and spent 20 million just for his coronation.
  • Roberto Benigni, who ran down the chairs - not the aisle between the chairs, but the actual armrests of the chairs - when he won his two Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film and later Best Actor). He then proceeded to announce he wanted to make love to everyone in the room. And then there was his appearance on Conan O'Brien's talk show in which the most calm thing he said was "THANK YOU, CONAN O'BRIEN!"
  • CNN's Richard Quest. He has quite possibly the most outrageously British voice of all time. And He Can Make Talking About Sand Seem Like The Most Intense Thing In Human HISTORY.
  • The German commentator during the final game of the soccer world cup 1954. Even more than fifty years later, this is the stuff of legends!
  • Linus Torvalds, introducing himself at the 1998 Linux Expo, Durham, NC: "My name is Linus Torvalds, and I am your God."
    • Also infamous for aiming a Precision F-Strike at nVidia during a conference for their uneven software support.
  • Gene Shalit. Just watch his review of The Mummy 3.
  • State-run TV news anchors can be very hammy in their support for their autocrats. Take this AK-47 toting Libyan news anchor for example.
  • Peter Travers for the Rolling Stone makes hammy video reviews. See for yourself...
  • Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
  • Some autistics are this. Those who are like that display openly nearly all of their emotions and reactions, often in dramatic or poetic language. Other autistics are the opposite, never showing very strong reactions to 95% of things.
    • And some have a love affair with sarcasm. Never fall for the psychiatric assumption that autistics have no sense of humor.
  • Sarmatism was a cultural movement popular among the nobility/gentry of 17th and 18th century Poland-Lithuania. In theory, it was meant to emulate the customs of ancient Sarmatians, but in practice, it was like an exercise in creating a World of Ham. Heavy cavalry? Have them wear leopard skins and giant metal wings. A speech? Infuse it with so much Gratuitous Latin there's hardly any Polish left, and don't forget to cry. Political protest? Fall to the ground, block the door with your body, rip your shirt and shout you'll let no one pass. Funeral? Doesn't count if there's no fully-armed Hussar riding into the church in full gallop and breaking his lance against the coffin stand, and ritual demolition of the dead man's insignia of office.
  • A fairly mild case, but John Kricfalusi's speech mannerisms tend to be very uneven. He's mumbling one word and he's literally shouting the next one. Especially obvious on the commentaries on Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon episodes.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs play-by-play commentator Joe Bowen qualifies ("Ho-ly Mackinaw!"), as does Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret are both known for their complete absence of subtlety.
    • Hockey announcers approach Latin American football announcers in hamminess, especially when the play gets close to or results in a goal. Vancouver Canucks play-by-play man John Shorthouse is well-known for his trademark "GREAT SAVE, LUONGO!!!"
  • Former New Zealand cricket player Danny Morrison, bar none. His commentary work for the IPL is so eccentric, he's practically synonymous with this trope for cricket fans. Here are some highlights.
  • Internet sensation Phil Davison falls somewhere between this and Sanity Slippage.
  • Toddlers. Ever told your kid he couldn't have a cookie because it's too close to supper? Theatrical meltdowns may ensue.
  • William Shatner
  • Christopher Walken
  • Justin Roiland. He supplied the voice and scream for neuroatypical characters such as Lemongrab, Oscar, and Blendin Blandin. He's also the main brain of "The Grandma's Virginity Podcast," the creator of "House of Cosbys" and "Doc and Mharti," and one of the main writers/directors/producers of Channel 101's "Acceptable TV." Justin Roiland is most famous for his distinctive character voice- a high-pitched, grating, cracking voice that sounds a neurotic teenager going through puberty, and (for obvious reasons), his hilarious singing voice. He can make the sentences "WELCOME TO TALES FROM RAAAILROOOAD TIIIMES!!!" and "Aaaaie am next in llline to thee throwne!" sound funny.
  • Longtime ABC White House correspondent Sam Donaldson is a self-admitted example, stating at one point, "A lot of people say there's a lot of ham in me."
  • Scientist Richard Feynman has been described as "All ham, no baloney".
  • David Copperfield. His shows are about 10% magic and 90% ham, as he often hilariously lampshades, deconstructs and spoofs his own tricks.
  • Try a predominantly black Baptist Church. The preacher, the choir, the congregation take God to a new level of Ham.
    • Or any Pentecostal/Charismatic church, regardless of race.
    • It's safe to say that pretty much EVERY religion will have at least one faction of Large Hams within its congregation. Even religions whose lifestyle centers around being the total opposite of one.
  • The voiceovers in between songs on the Grupera music radio stations, as the La Mejor chain of stations can attest.
  • Colonel Mu'ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al Gaddafi, Brother Leader and Guide to the Revolution.
  • Gilbert Gottfried to the point that a recording of his normal voice when calling to schedule for Howard Stern is the stuff of legend.
  • Vic Mignogna. Plenty of his voice-acting roles are non-hammy, but his real-life persona is pretty much all ham, all the time. The fact that he's playing Captain Kirk is evident enough.
  • Conductor Arturo Toscanini would often throw highly theatrical tantrums during rehearsals. He would shout. He would rage. He would snap his baton in half (they're cheap). He would tear off his wristwatch and stamp on it (it was always a two dollar watch, never one of his expensive ones). He would snatch the score from his music stand and tear it up (again, not hard to replace). One time, having snatched up his score, he remembered just in time that it was a new piece, that the publisher was in Europe, and that he was holding the only copy of the score in North America. Not wanting to wait for days or weeks while a new copy was brought in (or resort to sticky tape) he hurled it to the floor, stormed off, and got a flunky to pick it up and straighten all the pages.
    • Then there were his highly flavoured rants to the musicians. "Because you are all idiots and I cannot do anything with you, I am going to change professions. I am going to open a whore house, and when I have the most beautiful women in the world offering their glorious bodies, not one of you will be allowed through the door!"
  • Many conductors do this with their face - a calm-looking conductor will walk out, but once his/her back is to the orchestra, ridiculous facial expressions ensue.
  • The reason that people who act as if they are on a theatre stage come off as, well, overly theatrical, is due to the limits of acting at a distance from the audience far greater than most camera angles. You can't have a close up of a facial expression or fingers tapping to portray tension, only grand motions of the hand, body, and voice will convey the plot to the audience on the theatre stage. Thus, while clamping a hand over your heart and raising your fist to the heavens while booming out the plans for your revenge may come off as a bit much in a television or film production, its what is needed to convey the emotions of the scene on a live stage. Actors mention the difficulty of transitioning from the stage to the screen in this manner, so dropping a renowned theatre actor in as guest star on your television sitcom will have hilariously over the top results. Its not always ego.
    • The fact that so many of the actors from the silent movie era had a background in theatre (and the popularity of melodrama), along with the incredible amounts of makeup they had to wear to look properly on film at the time, led to the way early films looked and were made.
  • Mirriam Defensor Santiago of the Republic of the Philippines performed so hammily in the Impeachment of Chief Justice Corona. Not only did she give the prosecution team a painful scolding but also chewed the scenery to dust. Check these out
  • Sharon Stone. Modesty was never her strong suit.
  • French Canadian cable sports network RDS had its mini-putt tournament hosted by Richard Vleminx whose spectacular French hamminess turned an otherwise filler show into a gripping life-or-death struggle of titans. His calling out of a birdie rivaled that of the Latin soccer commentators mentioned above.
  • This guy is made of the PEOPLE'S HAM. Even if you don't agree with him, he's still fun to watch.
  • T. E. Lawrence. The portrayal of him in the movie wasn't too far off the mark.
  • Theodore Roosevelt. Bully!
  • Julie d'Aubigny: Duelist, opera singer, and all-around ham.
  • Donald Wolfit is an Ur-Example. He was roundly ridiculed in his time for his overblown Shakespearean acting, but he didn't leave this onstage. His angry rants and huge ego (deliberately hiring second-rate co-stars to focus attention on himself) made him the laughingstock of peers like Olivier and Gielgud. The play and movie The Dresser provide a fictionalized version of Wolfit.
  • Nancy Grace, a former trial lawyer who currently hosts a show on HLN. She takes each and every story very personally, which often results in emotionally-charged and heated debates with her guests. She also has a serious case of Missing White Woman Syndrome. As a result, she has developed a divisive fan following. Some of her haters have even accused her of being an example of Trial by Media.
  • Tiger Woods, despite always being nearly monotonal during interviews, has been known to completely lose his shit over making a putt. The best example is probably the double fist pump flex and yell from when he made a putt on the 72nd hole of the 2008 US Open to force a playoff. He looked like a DBZ character powering up.
  • Many coaches in sports can be this. Though 'most' are contained in post game interviews, during live competitions, emotions can get a little out of control. Notable examples include:
    • Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher. He was called the Bulldog partly because of a noticeable underbite, and partly because whenever anything bad happened during a game, he could be seen jumping up and down, flailing, yelling, spitting, snarling, and probably swearing on the sidelines. And when something good happened, he'd often be jumping up and down, flailing, yelling, spitting, snarling, and probably swearing with a psychotic smile on his face.
    • Current New York Jets coach, Rex Ryan. He's one of the rare ones that is a ham in interviews. His staggering, loud confidence in his team provides interesting contrast to how embarrassingly bad they are.
    • Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox holds the record for most ejections from MLB games, due to his frequent, over the top arguments with umpires whenever he didn't like a call.
    • Argentine soccer coach Marcelo Bielsa.
  • Siamese cats, with their insistent, loud meowing.
  • Italy is a Country of Ham: Italians tend to speak out loud and passionate and make relatively wild gestures, and speak a particularly flowery language, resulting in them appearing hammy to most non-Italians and often not realizing that non-Italians are being hammy. Case in point: to Italians, Benito Mussolini (mentioned above) is not hammy, Roberto Benigni is somewhat hammy, and Roberto Da Crema (a notorious telemarketer) is not Chewing the Scenery in this video (but only in this video, as he had little time. If he has enough time, he gets a lot hammier).
    • The Trope Codifier in Italy is Gigione, a theatrical character so hammy even for the standards of Italian theatre that his name is now the Italian equivalent of Large Ham. He had originally been created as a parody.
    • The hamminess of Italian may be one of the reasons it lasted so long as the dominant language of Opera, which is possibly the hammiest art form in existence.
  • Henrik Wergeland. He was possibly the largest ham Norway has ever known. Riding his horse up a stairway to greet his hosts during a formal party may have been an exaggeration, and it may not be. Cracking a bottle over his head to get attention when everybody else wanted to shut him up also counts. Wergeland was also taller than the regular guy, so his sole appearance was hammy.
  • Wergeland`s father, Nicolai Wergeland had it coming during the 1814 constituent assembly, but he was arguably only one of a longer list of hams attending it. The Norwegian constituency that year assembled more hams than ever before, or possibly since.
  • Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, got a lot of heat for his loud comments after making the game saving play to send his team into the Super Bowl for the 2013-2014 season which the team won. However, days after the backlash, the heat against Sherman was subverted and focused on the many people on social media that made rude and racist comments against Sherman, blowing the thing way out of proportion.
  • This man who, being interviewed by a street reporter, gave a two and a half minute long speech until finally ripping his shirt open.
  • The famous NYC/California weathercaster Lloyd Lindsay Young, often beginning his forecasts with his trademark saying, Hellooooooooooo, (PLACE)!
  • This is MAR-vin Zindler, EYYYYYYYYYYYYE-witness news!
  • Charles McCord, the former second banana for Don Imus, was this often for comedic effect on Imus' show. For instance, his opinion on new revelations 1n 1997 over the Alger Hiss scandal: "THEY'RE DEAD! WHITTAKER CHAMBERS IS DEAD! ALGER HISS IS DEAD! RICHARD NIXON IS DEAD! I WISH I WAS DEAD! STOP IT! STOP IT NOW!"
  • The late German literary Caustic Critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki could ham up magificently when he disagrees with something. Or when he refuses a prize.
  • American tennis champion John McEnroe became infamous for throwing tantrums whenever the referee told him the ball was out. He would yell, insult the referee and get personal. The controversy even overshadowed his very impressive championship track record.
  • Rush Limbaugh's radio personality is often hammy, and he cheerfully spoofed it (and himself) in a mock "commercial" aired during the November 4, 1994 episode of the Late Show With David Letterman. Holding a ham, and hamming it up, he did a skit as himself hawking the product "Big Ass Ham!"
  • The videos of British children's author Michael Rosen are a treasure trove of ham, with a wide variety of exaggerated hand gestures, silly faces, and silly voices as he reads some of his own poetry for all the world to see. Naturally, he has become a frequent target of YouTube Poop.
  • Birds! Lots of birds are prone to being loud and flamboyant, especially tropical ones and male ones displaying to the females on the mating seasons. Birds of paradise, parrots and pheasants are particularly noteworthy examples, though the superb lyrebird trumps them all.
  • German sports commentator Frank Buschmann. While he is a perfectly calm and collected person in normal conversation (though he gets emotional when topics that are near and dear to his heart are brought up) his hammy commentary and Catchphrases are legendary. He's also the "face" of the German NFL coverage (though starting with the 2015 season when the whole regular season was broadcast, other anchors were brought in, many of them hammy and catchphrase happy as well) and this Stupid Statement Dance Mix about Cam Newton is almost entirely Buschmann. Naturally, his way of commentating is not uncontroversial, but even most of his detractors agree that his passion for sports note  is real and many find it refreshing compared to the rather boring and unemotional demeanor of many German soccer commentators.
  • 16th President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. He may go a little to far but he is still entertaining to watch.
  • Some children, especially younger children, tend to speak very loudly and to act out very energetically when they're playing. Not to mention they can be influenced by cartoons, movies and TV shows, and often imitates over-the-top performances they've seen in these mediums as a result.
  • In general, it seems that being a large ham is a requirement to be a successful populist politician.
  • American thoroughbred racing announcers. They are calm in the beginning, but by the time the race hits the home stretch, they’ll often get this way, particularly for a big race like a Kentucky Derby or a Triple Crown win. Tom Durkin was one well known announcer who could get to yelling sometimes.
  • Tom Brady, former New England Patriots and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, has been known to have some hammy moments.


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