I give you a cultured, sophisticated ham about town


If you’re cute / And you don’t know where to scoot to / Why don’t you scoot where cuteness sits … (snap, snap)

Hams so prosh / And so awash in such panache / You want to nosh them all to bits … (snap, snap)

Um, I was told you had a smaller cane...

Oooooper doooooper, Katie T.



  1. Woo 1st comment?? 🙂 such a cute lil Ham. Just hammin it up. hehehe 🙂

  2. Wow – I didn’t think there was anything better than Peter Boyle in Young Frank. I was wrong. The Ham tribute is fabulous.

  3. biscuithead says:

    Would Peter Boyle approve?

  4. NTMTOM, you spelled out the seemingly impossible.

    Now we need a tap dancing hamster video, STAT!

  5. Ooooooooooohhhh, sweet mystery of life at last I’ve found yoooooooooooouu! Why, it’s a hammy, of course. Duh.

  6. Hammy under bed sans ball? Lucky dude!

  7. HAHA, that’s like my dog, but much smaller!

  8. Malle Babbe says:

    That little ham needs to go on tour with Michigan J. Frog!

  9. Ha, I’m thinking of the Taco version of this song… mmm, hamster taco… om nom nom

  10. The Young Frankenstein version trumps Taco anyday! LOL!! Hammie needs a little top hat.

  11. Love the lyrics!!!

  12. Excuse me, Mr. Hamster, what is it exactly that you do do?

  13. OH MAH GAWD! CO and my favorite Mel Brooks movie, ALL IN ONE POST!

    You take the cake with this one, Abby Normal… I, er, mean, NTMTOM.

  14. This totally reminds me of the hamster I had in high school. Except she was bright blue (hey, I didn’t do it)

    Persephone was a little escape artist. She would kick shavings under her wheel until it couldn’t spin and then she would climb up it like a ladder and push the lid off, and have at my room.

    I usually didn’t know she had escaped until I saw her cute little face peeking out from under some piece of my furniture.

    I had to keep an encyclopedia on top of her cage to keep her in it.

    Awww.What a great ham she was. (she passed on of old age at 4, completely unrelated to her unsupervised exploration)

  15. milquetoast says:

    How’s he gonna work that baton! Still, I’m sure he’ll get his stubbulars into action! Even under the couch! Classic lyrical accomnpaniament! Loves it!

  16. The performance by Taco of that song just so happens to be unimaginably catchy. 😉

  17. Hey CO-ers.

    My beloved kitten passed away yesterday morning – he was just 4 months old.

    Any good thoughts my/our way are appreciated.

  18. I know you’ve heard ze rumorss about me and NTMTOM…

    YESSS!!! YESSS!!!!

    He vas my BOYFRIENT!

  19. SCTV was right:


    Do not give hams lighter fluid or matches
    (fiery baton-twirlings anon)

  20. The more I look at it, the more I think this is a photo of a baton-twirling drum-majorette hamster. So, maybe not so much Irving Berlin as John Philip Sousa. Under the bed, of course. Heh.

  21. aw, landslide, i’m really sorry to hear that. that’s such a rough thing to go through. our hearts are with you.

  22. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    @Landslide: OMG, only four months?! What a terrible loss! 😦 My condolences.

  23. johnnyjohnny says:

    The Young Frankenstein reference is PERFECT! I’m gonna happily sing that song to myself all day!

  24. @Landslide: My prayers and thoughts to you. *hugs*

    @NTMTOM: I glanced at the headline without really reading at first, and the bold type looked like ‘Puddin on a Ritz’. My first thought was,”I thought Theo FLUNG puddin’, not ate it on crackers!!” That is a sign that I need to go to sleep and stop surfin’ da Interwebs…

  25. Prosh, awash, panache, nosh… such scintillatin’ rhythm, not to mention rhymin’!

    You’ve eclipsed yourself! (um, er, actually, don’t think that’s physically possible, but at CO ya never know!!)

  26. Martha in Washington says:

    Our escape-artist hammie used to hide in our closet when he got out. (He chewed through one of those “impossible-to-chew-through cages”.) I would wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of little scratches and wake up my hausband so he could help me catch the hammie and put him back. I would have let him live in the closet if he’d been as talented as this little dude.


  27. Martha in Washington says:

    BTW-I have a husband, not a hausband.

  28. LOL. NTMTOM, i am floored. i’m sure there’s a schwanzstucker reference to be made, but i can’t quite figure it out.

  29. cinnamon hammy!! ::love:: looks just like mine!

  30. I had a hammie when I was young who looked just like this one. His name was Rocky. He was awesome.

  31. The little escapster looks like he’s posing for a Paul McCartney album cover: “Haammm on the run. Haammm on the run…!”
    My little furballs liked to go for trips down the furnace vent until I put books on their lids.(Don’t worry, I always fished them out safely!)

  32. And much love to Landslide!!!

  33. Random fact time: Mel Brooks didn’t want to put that scene in the movie. He felt it ruined the flow. Gene fought for it and I think it is the most famous scene in the movie!

    Roll, roll, roll in ze hay!

  34. quite possibly the funniest captioning in the history of CO. tiny top hats off to you, NTMTOM ;).

  35. @Landslide.Sorry for your loss, I bet you gave him a happy four months.

    “Steppin out with my baby
    can’t go wrong cause I’m in right
    It’s for sure not for maybe
    That I’m all dressed up tonight”.

    (Irving Berlin)
    whoops didn’t close quotes.

  36. Bum, yes I did.

  37. Ahh, another movie I want to watch.

    Dixiesmom – lol, I, too, thought the hamster was singing, “Puddin’ on the Ritz (cracker brand)”!

  38. love the happy, tappy ham, love the “young frankenstein” reference!

    i’m very sorry about your kitten. so sad. i wish you strength and peace.

  39. “Ahh, another movie I want to watch.”
    Er, that is, I meant the movie, Young Frankenstein. Not that I believed there is a movie of a hamster Broadway musical….

  40. Hammie is practising for band camp!

  41. Dear Landslide, your kitty was so young, it must be difficult to understand. I send prayers for both you and the puddytat. I’m sure that the puddy was well loved in its short life. Will you get another pal to love? I bet you will when you are ready. Best wishes to you.

    I had a hamster that would not sty in its cage-it scared the feathers out of us. They are scamps!

  42. Feh. This would be cute if he wasn’t trying so hard to look like Gary Cooper.

  43. Totalee Puppy says:

    LANDSLIDE–Four months with a caring person like you may be like four years with anyone else. I’m sorry for your loss of your kitten–the lonely place inside is about the size of all the love you had for your kitten. Prayers are with you–hope before long you will find another little friend.

  44. Anyone remember the Fred Astaire version of the song? I can remember seeing (in black & white, we didn’t have color tv back then) Mr. Elegance on early Saturday mornings – puddin’ on the Reeetz, indeed!

  45. I really like Clark Gable doing it, and I think you will too. Don’t miss it!

  46. My hammy, Mrs. Weasley, used to escape all the time, but she would go back into her cage on her own. Sometimes the only way I knew she’d been out was that there was a pile of doggy or kitty kibble in her nest. I even considered just leaving the cage open and letting her be a free-range hammy.

  47. momof2kitties says:

    Super Duper!

  48. Wow, this sureley is the next Fred Hamstaire.

  49. Another person who loves Young FrankenSTEEN.

    And please berthaservant, don’t go there.

  50. I would totally put that ham on a Ritz.

    Hey, Patito, the other day I was thisclose to saying “pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes” in meatspace but I knew I’d be in for many Strange Looks™ so I didn’t.

  51. Patito Gigante, you totally cracked me up! Thanks for the morning guffaw.

  52. (the original) Mel says:

    What did the HAMSTER give to you?

  53. Mary (the first) says:

    watched the clip of Clark Gable doing the ritz.. that poor man.. what they would make stars do in those days…

  54. Martha in Washington says:

    But you know Mary…even when they tried to make him look ridiculous HE WAS SEXY!! As was Gary Cooper, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and all the other aforementioned stars. Poor Peter Boyle though, not so much.

  55. Nice product placement of the Starline baton in the foreground… 😉

  56. Hey Mary and Martha, the really great leading men weren’t afraid of making fools of themselves.
    Case in point, maybe the greatest of all:

  57. Martha in Washington says:

    Theresa-That was so great!! I’ve seen all of those movies and loved every one. Cary Grant is just plain DREAMY! Thanks for the links.

  58. Hey those lyrics are BRILLIANT!

  59. Totalee Puppy says:

    Heaven…We’re in heaven…
    and the cares that hung around us through the week…
    seem to vanish like a gerbil’s lucky streak…
    when we watch Hammie dancing and he’s looking chic…

  60. ok, i truly just laughed until i cried.

    to irving and mel and gene and hammie and photographer and current lyricist, for coming together in this moment for my entertainment – thank you.

  61. @Theresa

    OMG! That was so damn funny and great! Love me some Clark Gable!