Richard Hammond explains how he got the name 'Hamster'

  • Published on Dec 1, 2019
  • It has been his nickname since just about ever, but do you know the origin story of why Richard is called 'Hamster'? Listen to Hammond and his friend Zogg have a good old chat about how the famous name came about.
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Comments • 712

  • sjoormen1
    sjoormen1 2 days ago

    Hmmm. Who cares. Where's May?

  • Nick Jeffrey
    Nick Jeffrey 3 days ago

    What he said about finishing work at 1.30 on a Friday. That’s total ballshit!!!!!

  • liquidsweep
    liquidsweep 4 days ago

    First saw Richard in Brainiac, great show that was.

  • kevin muendo
    kevin muendo 6 days ago

    ahahahahahahha gypsies

  • John Smerdon
    John Smerdon 7 days ago +2

    At least it wasn’t from the brain of Clarkson. Hamster means so much more. Thanks for 25 + years of entertainment. But less of the accidents Hammond we want you around for a few more years to come

  • Henry Discipline
    Henry Discipline 12 days ago

    He's like a child in an old mans body, love it!!!

  • Worldwide Ghosts
    Worldwide Ghosts 15 days ago

    Going to the pub sounds like a great idea to me chaps!

  • Gianluca Badejo
    Gianluca Badejo 15 days ago

    Richard The Hamster Hammond, he's not a real hamster.
    (Stewart Lee)

  • Cam Crysler
    Cam Crysler 17 days ago

    Because he deeply resembles a hamster. How else?

  • BasherBrookes
    BasherBrookes 18 days ago

    POETS day

  • Kokos Kokou
    Kokos Kokou 19 days ago

    No explanation needed just pause at 0:01

  • Triple Threat
    Triple Threat 19 days ago

    What about crash test dummy ?

  • John Molloy
    John Molloy 20 days ago

    How do Morgan know which ones are heritage and which are current models?

  • HellishGrin460
    HellishGrin460 20 days ago

    "Small ham"....

  • Sylvain-Paul Côté
    Sylvain-Paul Côté 21 day ago

    Why would I comment except to say that this was fun, entertaining, and that I liked it! So, no comment! ;)

  • pimpstick2
    pimpstick2 22 days ago

    Don't lie, we all know it involved an orifice and a hamster.

  • anand kumardeva
    anand kumardeva 22 days ago

    Hammond said I need to hit like, done, click Subscribe, done, and comment, which I have been typing

  • Esme Osgood
    Esme Osgood 25 days ago


  • Daniel Bryant
    Daniel Bryant 29 days ago

    But not without green eggs and Hammond ofcourse

  • Patrick Draper
    Patrick Draper Month ago


  • Exotic95
    Exotic95 Month ago +1

    I can still remember when Jeremy called Richard on the phone while they are on a race going to London, and Jeremy said "Hamster how are you"

  • TheVisigoth
    TheVisigoth Month ago

    His name starts with HAM and he's smallboi so I never questioned it lol.

  • n84434
    n84434 Month ago

    Here! Here! Very British indeed!

  • Beano
    Beano Month ago

    I want to work there. Can I have a job, please?

  • Zeitgeist
    Zeitgeist Month ago

    well, some explain that please? He called hammonds baby a Hamster and that is why they call hammond a Hamster now? I always thought it's his way of... uhm... acting? or maybe just his size? but I never thought of his kid... 😂

  • Mike Chapman
    Mike Chapman Month ago

    Good job he has God parents given he cant get in, on or under a vehicle without it ending up in a helicopter ride. He cant even ride a push bike without falling off.

  • Dana Jorgensen
    Dana Jorgensen Month ago

    Because..... though he was of a suitable size, he wasn't quite colorful enough to be called "gerbil".

  • Jason Sobol
    Jason Sobol Month ago

    I like Clarkson and May...but I must say, Hamster Hammond is my favorite

  • chrish12345
    chrish12345 Month ago

    sorry I always thought it was willy-related

  • Hilux 00
    Hilux 00 Month ago

    The humblest of all god’s creatures,.....
    The hamster

  • Mark LaPersonne
    Mark LaPersonne Month ago


  • Jonathan Oliver
    Jonathan Oliver Month ago

    Yay. Mocking ‘Big Issue’ sales-people. “This job is better than my job...”. Hope you’re nice and snug this Christmas and not freezing you’re ass off on the streets!

  • standswithfish
    standswithfish Month ago

    Thank him for getting you on the air for us! Just watched video with your collection of motorcycles, you have great taste! While you are at Morgan, please put in a good word for me. All I want is a Morgan 3 wheeler (I'm not greedy). Carry on!

  • Abdel Ali
    Abdel Ali Month ago

    But Jeff said his name actually is Wrecking Ba.. Oh, wrong hamster.

  • Cory Stoker
    Cory Stoker Month ago

    Really? It takes 4:thirtysomething to explain how a man named "Hammond" started being called "Hamster?"
    Really, lifeforms on the planet?

  • Monk Petite
    Monk Petite Month ago

    Keep this up.. its fun to watch and I love the British bell.
    so make that an item in the show.

  • Grandpa MizoB
    Grandpa MizoB Month ago


  • Wain Banfield
    Wain Banfield Month ago

    Mr Hammond you are so lucky Zogg christened you Hamster. If it had been left to Clarkson & May you most certainly have ended up with the archaic short version of your christian name.

  • sam Dimmock
    sam Dimmock Month ago

    And here’s me thinking it was because he liked the pet shop boys

  • Kagusaki Wolf
    Kagusaki Wolf Month ago

    Someone needs to draw him in hamster form now xD

  • john gratkowski
    john gratkowski Month ago

    Such a big voice from a small guy😆

  • XdStevie
    XdStevie Month ago +3

    “I gave you the ball but you didn’t half run away with the bloody thing” what a line 😂

  • Randy Vines
    Randy Vines Month ago

    I just guessed it’s a mix of hammond and him being small

  • ShipBuilding
    ShipBuilding Month ago

    At what point does he crash? so I can jump to it.

  • hehe Xd
    hehe Xd Month ago

    Totally offtopic
    In my english textbook (english is not my native language) we had an excersise where we had to listen to a track and match correct answer. Oh boy was i surprised when i heard Richards voice commentating on London traffic on a friday afternoon. At least i hope it was him, if not, well then him and the voice actor sound literally alike

  • Mark Barton
    Mark Barton Month ago

    Love you gents so much!!! God bless!!!!!

  • Matticus Madness
    Matticus Madness Month ago +2

    “This was getting on 30 Years ago.”
    Makes you realise these guys are getting on a bit, huh?

  • Daniel Parvin
    Daniel Parvin Month ago

    Can't believe you went to the Morgan Inn! I can see that from my office window

  • Ferra
    Ferra Month ago

    Don’t let this distract you from the fact that Richard Hammond has had his teeth whitened

  • N96ZG
    N96ZG Month ago


  • simon jandrell
    simon jandrell Month ago

    Hampster don't live in a House as his Family keeps Hampster in his very own Hampster Cage

  • Joonas6
    Joonas6 Month ago

    Ok I'll do it

  • Amal Shanthi
    Amal Shanthi Month ago

    Okay hamster without an 'x' preceding. Just a hamster

  • Backyard Canadian
    Backyard Canadian Month ago

    When does the grand tour come back?

  • Brandon Otte
    Brandon Otte Month ago

    Can’t wait for seamen

  • kairon156
    kairon156 Month ago

    This is very cool. I did wonder about the hamster nick name.
    Also, I agree that "We are pregnant" is a weird way to phrase "We're having a child"

  • JonatasAdoM
    JonatasAdoM Month ago

    He DOES look like Jack Nicholson

  • Chris Marshall
    Chris Marshall Month ago

    The hamster nickname comes from the relevant penis size

  • Syd Clark
    Syd Clark Month ago

    Desperate to keep relevant.

  • The Stig
    The Stig Month ago

    Cool factory Iv driven a few Morgan’s Hammond was a a good but annoying colleague but not as annoying as James when he drives slowly