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Recent news from our blog section:
Dual Saw Shuffle– One man travels from Europe for just five minutes with Billy and Sully, hoping to make a fortune off his Dual Saw that was born out of a friend’s tragic injury. A woman leaves her career behind to make an infomercial for her cleaning product “shuffles.”
Billy Mays made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 7, 2009. He touts himself as thelast pitchman in this country trained on boardwalk by old school pitchmen. He says Robert Redford, Ed McMahon, Charles Bronson worked the boardwalk as well. His product – The Amazing WAshmatic. Mays stood up to show us how he would sell the Washmatic – “No motors! No batteries! No pumps!” in the Mays booming voice. “But wait, there’s more!” Dana Carvey says he uses that line when making love, to which Mays quipped, “No, it’s I’ll triple the offer.” A sense of humor is a lovely thing!
He said if you could sell in Atlantic City and you last a week down there – you’re in. He remembers on his first day, 1, 2, 3, 4, then the old guys would tell him what he’s doing wrong. He had old school men telling him what to do. “This is what you gotta do; bring in the crowd.”
Leno asks, “Were you always good?” to which Mays replied, “No, I couldn’t give it away. It took me a long time to own this.” He whipped through how he went from Alantic city to TV – home shows, state fairs. He was the guy you heckle with the microphohne. At a Pittsburgh home show, he ran into the guy with Orange Glo. He smelled oranges and then saw the man with Orange Glow working the back of his crowd! He says to himself, “Hey! I’m Bucket Billy! I’m selling Washmatic!” (not Orange Glo). On St. Patrick’s day, he said to himself, “this guy is going down.” He got the crowd and the guy selling Orange Glo gave up. Not only did he give up, he had lost his voice. The competitive Mays said “I win!,” but the compassionate Mays got the best of him and he gave the man a microphone to raise the volume of his “lost” voice. They eventually became good friends. Then came the Home Shopping Network and Oxyclean was born. (You can read more about Mays’ history in the bio on this site.)
It was time to teach Jay and Dana Carvey how to pitch – “I can’t hear you” Turn it up. He brings out oxyclean – “That’s the whopping 6 pound bucket!” Carvey does his pitch as Woody Allen. Then out comes the Kaboom. Time starts running out so it’s time to talk about the show coming up on Discovery, starting April 15.
Pitchmen – It’s not really about the pitchmen. It’s about the people. There’s then the story of the gel insole guy – Mays demonstrates impact gel insole with a hammer. His hand is between two layers of the insole. He then uses the same hammer to break a brick to prove it’s a real hammer. His hand doesn’t get hurt. Why smash the hand with the hammer? “To show you the power and protection you get with impact gel!” This stuff was invented by a man going broke. He had a good product. It works and that’s what it’s all about.
Overall, a pretty good Mays event. He was the basic characiture of himself, which is what is expected, but it would have been nice ot learn more abou thim as a person. We wonder if he’s going to do other shows to pitch the show.
We got mail from The Mays – “Don’t forget about my new reality show Pitchmen debuting on the Discovery Channel April 15th at 10pm eastern time. We have 13 one hour action packed episodes that are about not only how we seek out and find these products but how we bring them to the next level and turn some of the people’s invention\’s and dreams into reality. Just wanted to let you know. It is something I have been working on for 6 months and I am very excited to share it with you and the rest of America” (His words, our link.) You can see a teaser here.
Okay, here are two fun things – You can BE the Mays. Use his catch phrases. Fulfill your Mays dreams. Second is a Mays pie graph from the good folks at GraphJam. Check it out.
CNBC’s Sports Biz is bracketing “As Seen on TV” products: “Just as our best minor league baseball logo touched a nerve in March with over 700,000 votes, we realized we had something special when I called on my readers earlier this week to tell me what was the greatest “As Seen On TV” product. Within a couple of hours, we got more than 4,700 votes, with the Foreman Grill beating out Girls Gone Wild and the Clapper.” FAIL – The Mays did not win. How could this be? Where were all the Maysniacs? Sham. Wow!
Billy Mays, famed TV pitchman for indispensable products such as the Awesome Auger and Mighty Putty, tonight begins appearing in TV ads for the ESPN360.com broadband service. Get ready to call now! (Source) These ads were a slight departure for Mays as they were designed to be parodies of his and other infomercial cliches with Mays appearing to be doing a parody of himself. If you have seen them, you know how funny they are.
Gracious, Billy Mays is pitching snowboards in a tongue-in-cheek commercial for DCShoes/Beckstrom snowboards. Go Billy!
What’s it like to meet Billy Mays?
Jeff in the Tampa area writes: “Here is my Billy story…I have my own business here in Tampa and had the chance to work in the house he recently built (2005-06). My company installs artwork and most interior home decor, so I was able to hang all his sports and personal memorabilia, he had some cool stuff. Let me just say he and his wife are some of the nicest people I have ever met. Being in his house on a few occations he was usually there and showed me where he wanted his stuff installed. And yes he has a very beautiful home on a lake..It was spotlighted in an edition of Home Trends a Florida magazine…A quick story…..Billy Mays called me and asked if I could come by and take care of a few more things for him on a certain day, I told him yes but I was meeting my niece and nephew at Busch Gardens later that day, but had a couple hours in the am, he said no problem. So the day comes and I go to his house, take care of what he needed installed and when goes to pay me, he pays my invoice then gives me a $50.00 dollar bill and says to get my niece, nephew and myself something to eat at Busch Gardens.. That\’s the kind of person he is. All the times I was in his house he always treated me like I was someone special..All the best to Billy Mays.. He is kind of like Celine Dion… when you are an international superstar, some people are always going to be haters..Get a life! Go Billy Go !!!”
Aaron in Richmond writes: “I was in a meeting at my customer’s office several months ago when I found out that Billy was in the next meeting room. Being a big fan, I was totally distracted from my work at hand, eager to meet the man himself. Not wanting to miss my opportunity, I kept excusing myself pretending that something important had just come across my BlackJack, and loitered in the hall outside his meeting hoping he would soon emerge. After several attempts, my persistence paid off! Billy exited his room and I quickly moved in for the kill and introduced myself. He was most gracious and willingly took a picture with me and offered me an autographed picture. I don’t recall the outcome of my meeting, but I consider that day a success nonetheless!”
“Life’s a pitch, then you buy”.
Billy Mays to BillyMaysRules.com on October 26, 2008.
Read all about Billy Mays. Where was he born? How did he get here? Does he put his pants on one leg at a time? Where’s he going now? Check out his bio, updated with new information often.
Billy Mays in the news, good or bad, here it is.
Check this out – BillyMaysRules.com is in the New York Times Consumed Magazine October 26, 2008!
And the love continues, WYDaily.com did a story about us too. As you’ll read, Mr. Mays a) contacted us, b) sent us a signed photo, and c) sent a very rare Billy Mays bobblehead! It’s still in the box. It doesn’t dare meet air and dust. We want it to last a while, ya know?
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Get well soon, Billy! We hear you’re recuperating from hip replacement surgery! Gracious, so young. We wish you all the healing power we can muster.
Here’s the latest and greatest YouTube video featureing the Mays. Billy Mays working in an office. Check it at 3:15 – “You’re the man!” We already knew that! You get to hear Billy speak in a non-pitchman voice too.