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Most Annoying TV Commercial Pitchmen and Mascots

by Patricia Chui, posted Jul 23rd 2009 11:50AM
The Burger kingYou may not know their names, but you know their faces and the products they sell. They're TV's commercial pitchmen and mascots -- and while we recall some of them fondly (R.I.P., Billy Mays and the Taco Bell chihuahua), there are far more who make us cringe, groan and reach not for our wallets, but the remote.

Yet no matter how many times we change the channel, we can't seem to escape them. EVER. Who are these people (and animals), and why do they torture us so? From a waitress to a rabbit, from cavemen to a king, make way for the 20 most annoying pitchmen and mascots in television commercial history.

20. The Mac Guy

What He's Selling: Apple Macs
Why He Annoys Us: Hello, Justin Long's a Mac. If you're a Mac owner, you've got no problem with the guy, since you share his sense of pleased superiority. If you're a PC owner, on the other hand, you probably want to smack the smug right off his face.

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19. 1-800-DENTIST Lady

What She's Selling: 1-800-DENTIST
Why She Annoys Us: Most of us feel bad enough already that we haven't been to the dentist in years. Do you really think acting all condescending and sarcastic about it is going to make us pick up the phone to book an appointment? Think again.

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18. Rosie the Waitress

What She's Selling: Bounty Paper Towels
Why She Annoys Us: She's a beloved waitress who mops up spills with alacrity, but Rosie (Nancy Walker) is also a little nosy. A little rude. Sometimes you just want to drink your coffee in peace, not be lectured about your terrible taste in husbands and paper towels.

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17. Ron Popeil

What He's Selling: Ronco products
Why He Annoys Us: Popeil is a master of the infomercial, and sometimes we're so transfixed by the food he's making (fresh pasta in three minutes! delicious rotisserie chicken!), we can almost forget that his perma-grin and faint touch of smarminess kind of make our skin crawl.

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16. The Ty D Bol Man

What He's Selling: Ty D Bol
Why He Annoys Us: Maybe "annoying" is the wrong word here. What's the right way to describe a man dressed up like a ship's captain who pilots a little boat around in your toilet? Creepy? Inappropriate? Gross? Yeah, we'll go with "gross."

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