Before America knew him as the internally tortured poster boy for life crisis, Don Draper on Mad Men, Jon Hamm was known as a goofball among his poker buddies. To them, Jon Hamm roles consisted of him being a funny fellow not a perpetual insular loner drinking himself through several marriages. As audiences were drinking in this Jon Hamm, the Jon Hamm funny machine was firing up. Enter the Hammbone.
While audiences were shocked by the Bridesmaids Jon Hamm, “Hammy’s” friends were already comfortable with that version of him and not the dapper alcoholic mentor of Peggy. They were shocked that he had a brooding side. Sarah Silverman calls him Hammy and said that she was totally weirded out when she tuned in to see her buddy on Mad Men. "I couldn't believe he was this smoldering, brooding sexual man. I was like, 'Oh my God—that's Hamm!' To me, he's just this super-silly idiot.”
Silverman’s idea of a Jon Hamm funny role is to make him sexually awkward in one of her skits. Saturday Night Live totally tapped into the actor’s inner oddball by writing some of the most epically strange Jon Hamm roles to date. Or at least, until Adult Swim got hold of his brilliance. His Derek Childrens cameo on Children’s Hospital is a beautiful homage to Dustin Hoffman’s big reveal in Tootsie - voice and all.
Hamm as a ham is high art and proof that he’s not just a chiseled from marble pretty face. Perhaps the reason these Jon Hamm minor roles work so well is because we just don’t expect incredibly good-looking people known for dark, serious roles to be funny. Like Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading or Jenny McCarthy before it all got weird.
Truth is, the Bridesmaids Jon Hamm is more real than Mad Men Jon Hamm. And that’s good news for fans who love his goofier side. Which funny Jon Hamm role do you prefer? The Falcon, Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, or a 25-year-old Hamm in 1996 on a dating show complete with a middle part in his hair? Sure, that latter Jon Hamm role wasn’t intended to be funny but in retrospect, it’s hilarious.Upvote the best Jon Hamm funny/deadpan roles, whether from 30 Rock, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Archer, or Parks and Recreation, and embrace your favorite Hammy.