An admitted "comedy nerd," Hamm said that his two-day stint filming for Bridesmaids was a welcome break during the emotionally grueling fourth season of Mad Men. “It was already a hard season for me emotionally with all the stuff my character had gone through to that point, so it was a little bit like, ‘Jesus, when is this going to end?’” Thus the unwavering demands of the show seem to be pushing Hamm to seek an outlet in complete farce.
While enjoying the success of his breakout television role, Hamm has not allowed himself to get pigeonholed. Nominated for three Emmys for Mad Men, he was also nominated for two more for his comedic guest role on 30 Rock. He doesn’t straddle the line between deeply dramatic and lighthearted comedy—he visits both poles.
Hamm makes fun of his sex appeal and his stoic role as a steely misogynist in Mad Men—both directly in Saturday Night Live’s Don Draper’s Guide to Picking Up Women and less directly in his role as an insufferable playboy in Bridesmaids.
While Hamm hopes to continue chasing comedy, it’s mostly a fun, part-time break from dramatic roles, he said. When he first arrived in L.A., “most of the people I hung out with were in the comedy world," from close friend Paul Rudd to the likes of Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Paul Tompkins, and Zach Galifianakis: “So to get the opportunity to work with those guys on my off hours, it’s nice."