That Annoying Shamwow Guy

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Do you know this guy? He’s the Shamwow guy and is now hocking Slap Chop – quite possibly the most annoying infomercial guy on television.

I was not sure who he was and could not for the life of me figure out why someone would hire him to sell ANYTHING, so I did some digging.

It turns out that his name is Vince Offer. He is a terribly failure of a comedian who attempted to sell a sketch anthology called The Underground Comedy Movie. He insults people and is just a terrible, B-level version of Johnny Knoxville (who is himself a terrible, B-level comedian).

His condescending character comes out of a previous job as a kitchen utensil spokesman at swap meets and flea markets. Apparently, he was extremely good at selling things and they decided to put him on TV.

If you listen to the way he talks to the consumer, it is condescending and sarcastic. Offer treats you like you’re a child. Amazingly, Slate.com says Offer possesses “impressive and subtle mastery of the pitchman’s art.”

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