A Stock Phrase for being on camera. It could be a news camera, or it could be a surveillance camera, if it's too late to get out of its line of sight. There doesn't have to be any guarantee that "mom" is watching. Chances are, if a video camera is pointed at someone, he (and it is usually only one person who does it) will say, "Hi, Mom!"
- One of the better known elements of the infamous eSure "calm down dear" adverts was an extra randomly shouting "Hello Mum!" in the middle of conversation or, in later ads, carrying a large "Hello Mum" sign.
- The August 27, 1991 strip has Garfield watch a show called Cats Watching Television. Once he realizes that he is being filmed for the show, he smiles and waves at the camera man while thinking "Hi, Mom!"
- The strip for July 30, 1995, has Jon trying to pick up a woman at a bus stop with an accordion. She assumes it's "that show where they play practical jokes", and thinking that Garfield is actually a hidden camera, holds the cat up to her face and says, "Hi, Mom!"
- New Jack City: Nino Brown, who's just been acquitted of drug trafficking and several murders in exchange for his co-operation with the authorities, smugly uses the phrase in front of the cameras while he's boasting to the press that he thinks the American justice system is the finest in the world. Then the Chekhov's Gunman shows up...
- In Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, Count Von Count is counting the credits for the film. When he sees the name of Joan Ganz Cooney, who created Sesame Street, he interrupts himself so that he can greet her.
- Long-time baseball announcer Harry Caray and his son Skip had an amusing interchange. Skip was the announcer for the Atlanta Braves, Harry for the Chicago Cubs. When the two teams played each other, Skip would conclude his WTBS broadcast with "Good night, Dad." Harry over at WGN would say either "Good night, Skip" or "Go to bed, Skip."
- Averted in the film version of M*A*S*H*. When Hawkeye and Duke bring Ho-Jon to Seoul for his medical checkup to go into the South Korean Army, a news crew is filming soldiers in the crowd. The interviewer invites Hawkeye to say hello to his Mom, and Hawkeye explains that his Mom is dead. The interviewer is taken aback, and asks about his Dad. Hawkeye then shyly says "Hi, Dad".
- When the Mystery Men are being briefly interviewed near the end of the movie, they take turns introducing themselves to the camera. Blue Rajah explains that he's the "master of cutlery," then adds sweetly, "Hi Mom!" Cut to his mother watching the news at home, smiling proudly.
- According to Dave Barry Slept Here, said by Neil Armstrong when he became the first human to set foot on the Moon.
- Done with the radio instead of television (which hadn't been invented yet) in Mr. Popper's Penguins. Mrs. Popper predicts that all the Antarctic expedition broadcast will be is a bunch of men saying "Hello Ma, Hello Pa." When Admiral Drake is broadcast, the first words out of his mouth are, "Hello Ma, hello Pa, hello Mr. Popper." Which, of course, kicks off the plot.
- In The Sanguine Chronicles, Marko says if anyone's reading his journal, it will be someone with Marko after him, someone doing research, or his therapist. He then writes in: "Hi, Mrs. Z! *handwave*" (Mrs. Z being his therapist).
- In the final Animorphs book, Marco clues in Jake that he can blackmail the Andalite general into sparing the Earth (they're broadcasting to the Andalite homeworld) by pulling this off. Jake and Ax look mortified for a second, then understand.
- A "Hi Mom!" can be significant. There's a moment in the Green-Sky Trilogy when young Raamo is consecrated as an Ol-zhaan. These priest-judge-healer leaders can read every thoughtnote , can do no wrongnote and are considered too holy to even speak their names in public. Yet as he sits in a litter and is lifted up above the adoring crowd, he looks for his family and sends a telepathic greeting. He says, "This do I pledge with sacred touch, our peace and joy as one shall grow," but it's a Hi Mom all the same — and it tips off the one Ol-zhaan, who is still really telepathic, that Raamo still regards himself as a plain person, who can help him bring the whole thing down.
- Criss Angel says this when demonstrating the Spectator's Point of View Camera.
- Both used straight and subverted on Friends. Ross and Chandler are pretending to be game show contestants. Ross says a clichéd hello to his son, but Chandler introduces himself as a headhunter connecting former Soviet scientists with rogue Third World countries. "Hi, Rasputin!"
- When The Colbert Report went to Iraq, Stephen had the troops send a message to their special ladies back home. Naturally, this message was "Hi, Mom!" Stephen asked if they were forgetting someone, and the troops added, "Hi, Stephen's mom!"
- Amusing moment from a radio interview: Stephen was being asked about what kind of social circle he belonged to in high school and said thoughtfully that mostly, they "smoked a lot of pot — hi, Mom — and just kind of smiled at each other over the bong..."
- A staple in The Price Is Right when the big wheel is spun, the contestant will say hello to whoever they wish to hello to.
- When Dave talks to audience members on The Late Show with David Letterman he'll often ask if they have kids. If they say yes, he offers the chance to say hello to them on TV. Then Dave will yell at the kids for being up so late watching TV when they should be in bed or studying.
- Parodied on The Weird Al Show in the episode "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Hamster", when Dr. Phillips realizes he's on the titular show, does this. Though it was because he mistook the camera man for her.
- Whenever she's on camera/television, Peg from Married... with Children always says this.
- In an episode of I Love Lucy after way too much Vitameatavegamin, Lucy staggers on to the set where Ricky is performing and when she sees she's on camera, she shouts "Hi, Fred! Hi, Ethel!", interrupting Ricky's song.
- In the ninth episode of series 4 in the UK version of Finders Keepers, green team member Emma Louise says hello to her younger brother and then presenter Neil Buchanan says hello to his mum.
- Fozzie Bear does this in the Cleo Laine episode of The Muppet Show. He boasted to her that he was the star of the show and was trying to get as many stage appearances as possible.
- Bill Cosby had a bit talking about a father who spends lots of time with his son practicing football, training to the point where he's the star college athlete and on TV, where he says this line.
Cosby: Well, you don't mind that. You know who taught him.
- A Running Gag in Dead Marlo is Harvey Breaking the Fourth Wall to greet his mom.
- Evil Diva: On Family Feud!
- In an Arthur, King of Time and Space strip written for the Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards, in which Arthur and Merlin announce the nominees for Outstanding Long Form Comic, Acheron of Inverloch says "Hi, mom!" when his strip is announced.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): Tails and Rotor are confronted with a surveillance orb. It's just Robotnik and Snively at the other end, but Tails says hi to his mom.
- In one episode of Family Guy, Chris being interviewed, asks the newscaster if he can say hi to his mom. When said he can, he shouts "Hi Mom!" to Lois, who is standing just off-screen.
Jesus (watching TV): No way! (gets a phone call) Hello? I know, I saw!
- Parodied in another episode. "Can I say "Hi" to my friend? Hi, Jesus!"
- Done in an episode of Rocko's Modern Life with a daytime talk show. Similar to the Family Guy example, Heffer wants to say hi to his mother who is part of the studio audience. This actually becomes a plot point, as Heffer's mother later calls out Rocko and Heffer for their petty feud (they're on a Jerry Springer-esque talk show because of a Forgotten Birthday).
- Played quite straight in the first radio Gorillaz interview, where 2D introduces himself by saying, "Hi, um, I'm 2D. I'm the singer, I play the piano, and I need the toilet. Hello mum! You listening to the radio? Mum?"
- The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "Uh Oh Dynamo", a fellow at Mt. Rushmore shouts "Hi Mom!" This comes back later when the Fish Balloon monster lands on the monument after being beaten, and the guy once more shouts "Hi!"
- Recurring in The Simpsons during Kent Brockman's news.
- Appears in the Little Shop episode "I Loathe a Parade". Seymour, in a fire hydrant costume in a fire hose parade (just go with it) not only says this when Audrey points out TV cameras, but also says "It's me. Your son."
- Kaeloo: Played with in the episode "Let's Play Danger Island Survivor", Stumpy looks at the camera during a game show and wonders if it is a webcam or a TV camera, but decides to do this anyway.
Stumpy: Hello? Am I on? Mama!
- Inverted in the Circus Episode, where Stumpy's mom sees him on TV and calls him from home on the phone.
- The South Park episode "Red Man's Greed" combines this with Real Life:
Stan: ...Dude, who the hell are you?Kyle: What?! Get the hell out of here!Alex: (walks off-screen waving) Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Hi Joe!
- In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Floss Yer Ed", as Eddy tries to knock out Ed to get money from his loose tooth, the former screams "Say 'Whiplash'!", to which the latter cries out "Hi, Mom!" in his true non-sequitur form right before Double D distracts him and Eddy punches himself in the face instead.