The 'Mad Men' star pokes fun straight away at the sunglasses-wearing athletes inside the Nokia Theatre.
Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jon Hamm served as this year's ESPY Awards host and judging from the reactions he got right from the opening monologue, he has pulled off a convincing job of being funny for someone who's more known for doing drama roles. The way he got laughs from the sunglasses-wearing athletes seated in the crowd after poking fun at them is a good indication.
Getting a big reaction from the audience that Wednesday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles was when Hamm touched upon NBA player Dwight Howard's departure from the L.A. Lakers, saying "he finally found a way to help the Lakers win." He even pretended to introduce a non-existent clip of Howard's greatest moments as a Laker, another knack at the baller's playing skills, which got a big laugh out of Miami Heat star player Dwayne Wade seated beside actress-girlfriend Gabrielle Union.
Wade was also laughing at jokes directed by Hamm at his own team mates, particularly when the Emmy-nominated actor mentioned about male pattern baldness. Obviously geared toward NBA Finals MVP LeBron James and the ever youthful-looking Ray Allen seated in the next row. James good-naturedly brushed down his hair while seated beside fiancee Savannah Brinson.
Even Hamm did not miss coach Eric Spoelstra, whom he congratulated as Bruno Mars, alluding to both their Filipino lineage. And Hamm made sure to call out each of the top Miami Heat players by saying how amusing it was that in the world of sports, Chris Bosh got to be fined $5,000 for flopping while Johnny Depp got $20 million for acting.