Cramer's Craziest Costumes
In the past decade, Jim Cramer has proven that he will go to any length to help his "homegamer" viewers understand the complex world of investing. To pay tribute to the world of investing in order to make sure that his point was fully understood, he has whipped up some crazy costumes. Outfits have ranged from a full HazMat suit, to dressing as National Basketball Association star LeBron James. No stealing ideas for Halloween costumes, Cramerica! Click ahead to celebrate some of the craziest costumes that Cramer has dared to share in the last 10 years.
By Abigail Stevenson, contributed by Drew Sandholm & Tim Dewald
Updated March 11, 2015
Yup that's right, Cramer's biting a Bowie knife. In honor of the sporting goods retailer Cabela's, the “Mad Money” host was hiding out in his hunting tent in a hunter's costume.
Bon appétit, chéri!
No, Cramer isn’t really a French chef, but he did cook up one mean analogy on this “Mad Money” broadcast.
At the time, the Fed had just announced a third round of quantitative easing, that aimed to drive down mortgage rates until unemployment improves. The Fed said it will buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities a month in an attempt to revive the struggling U.S. real estate market.
To Cramer, the Fed’s third round of asset purchases is just another attempt to get the economy going. Although some criticized the Fed’s third attempt at jumpstarting the economy, Cramer said it’s a lot like getting a backyard BBQ going. To light the grill, you first have to add charcoal and then lighter fluid. If the grill doesn’t start at that point, Cramer said you might want to try throwing a little gas on the fire – and that’s exactly what he thinks former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is trying to do.
Look at Cramer strut his stuff!
The “Mad Money” host is dressed as a model, walking the catwalk, as he discussed retail stocks that have been fashionable on Wall Street. Gap, Lululemon, Michael Kors, and Urban Outfitters were among the retailers mentioned. Cramer isn’t dressed in any particular brand here, though.
For a segment on Harley Davidson, Cramer had an actual hog onset. Dressed in black leather chaps and a red bandana, Cramer makes a pretty convincing biker. (He even wore sleeves that made his arms appear to be tattooed!)
Cramer doesn’t actually ride a motorcycle in real life, though. He’s probably too busy reading charts to go on long weekend rides.
With a white sailor’s cap, blue coat, and his best boating shoes, Cramer looks ready to captain a yacht. The “Mad Money” host was dressed as a sailor to talk about Brunswick, which makes inboard and outboard engines under the Mercury, Mercury MerCruiser, and Mariner brand, among others.
The staff is still debating whether he looks more like the Skipper Jonas Grumby or the millionaire Thurston Howell, III, of “Gilligan’s Island” fame, a popular television show that aired during the mid-1960s.
Let it snow!
Cramer looks ready for some wintery weather in this getup. That’s because he’s dressed as a snowmobiler to talk about Polaris, which makes snowmobiles and other off-road vehicles.
Cramer is so hip, he wore these clothes way before they were cool.
Well, maybe not, but don’t tell him.
When two analysts disagreed about a stock, Cramer wanted to “try it on for size,” so to speak, and dressed as a hipster. With his stylish hat and cool cardigan, Cramer looks like he’d fit right in with his friends in Brooklyn. He got the glasses from a member of his staff and was quite distressed when she asked for them back.
Cramer may look scary, but he isn’t as scary as the market was at the time of this episode. The “Mad Money” host dressed as Jason Voorhees, the main villain in the “Friday the 13th” series of slasher films. Wearing Jason’s signature hockey mask, Cramer wields his weapon and strikes fear into the hearts of bears everywhere.
Wait, who’s this? Is it the neighborhood teenager who listens to soft-core punk music and bathes occasionally at best? No, silly. It’s Cramer dressed as an emo kid! A quick trip to the mall supplied most of the material for this outfit, but those beautiful locks had to be custom cut by our crack props team. By the way, Cramer donned these duds for a segment on teen-focused retail chain Hot Topic.
Heard of the downward dog? Crouching spider? How about the inquisitive Cramer? These terms may or may not be commonplace in yoga studios but one thing is for sure and that is Cramer will go to any length to better explain stocks. So when the “Mad Money” host did a segment on yoga apparel maker Lululemon, he had no problem putting on a pair of yoga pants. Ommm!
This costume isn’t dream stalker Freddy Krueger or serial killer Jason Voorhees of “Friday the 13th” fame, but to Cramer it’s just as scary. “Disgusting, processed food” is every bit as terrifying as the scariest of Halloween costumes, he said. The “Mad Money” host dressed as a can of processed meat to highlight the trend toward healthy eating.
Cramer is a pretty convincing LeBron James lookalike, isn’t he? He dressed — sorta — as the NBA star for a segment on Nike’s stock. This costume was pretty simple, too — just a Nike shirt, shorts and headband along with a pair of sneakers. The real challenge was teaching Cramer how to blow chalk out of his hands, as the NBA standout does before every game and featured in a famous Nike television commercial. To this day, show staff is still shaking out the “Mad Money” rugs.
The Tin Man
Wrapped in aluminum foil, Cramer wasn’t worried the government is trying to read his mind. Instead, he wanted the viewer to get their head into earnings results for aluminum maker Alcoa. The staff wrapped Cramer in three rolls of aluminum foil for this segment.
Hang 10? How about a 52-week high, dude? Cramer is dressed as a surfer here, but the staff didn’t need to send him to the beach. Instead, a digital effect of waves superimposed on a green screen took care of the background. The show borrowed Cramer’s wetsuit and surfboard from the executive producer’s husband. Yes, “Mad Money” truly is a “family affair.”
Cramer isn’t the only celebrity figure who has gained notoriety for wearing ridiculous costumes. There’s also a little-known pop artist named Lady Gaga. Her outfits may pale in comparison, but Cramer appreciates her fashion sense and investment acumen. They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so Cramer wore a blond wig and black sunglasses in Gaga’s honor.
The HazMat Suit
From finding props to decorating the set, the “Mad Money” staff goes to great lengths to help homegamers visualize Cramer’s concepts or main points. CNBC’s facilities department has been instrumental in some of the most complex set-ups, but was extra helpful in supplying Cramer with a full HazMat suit. Cramer looks ready to handle hazardous materials, but was really making a play on toymaker Hasbro’s name.
The term “green shoots” is used to indicate signs of economic recovery during an economic downturn. Cramer gave the term a whole new meaning with this fashionable get-up. Overalls and all, he dressed as a farmer. The “Mad Money” set turned into “Mad Money Acres” complete with sod, flowers and other live plants. Yee-haw!