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Walmart Clown Commercial: Funny or Creepy? (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 29th 2010 4:00PM
Walmart Clown CommercialThe first time we saw this Walmart clown commercial, we burst out laughing. Happened the second and third time, too.

But we've heard others say the exact opposite. "Clowns are creepy!" they say. "Even creepier when they start yelling for no apparent reason!"

Ok, so let's analyze the commercial. It's a birthday party for a kid. The mom is all happy that they saved money by buying the food, decorations and supplies at Walmart. In fact, they saved so much money that they had enough left over to buy a clown costume.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Most Memorable Super Bowl Ads

by Scott Harris, posted Jan 27th 2010 4:00PM
The Super Bowl is fast approaching and for millions of Americans that means it's almost time to watch the biggest television event of the year. No, not the football game, silly: the commercials.

Over the past four decades, the Super Bowl has emerged not only as the biggest sporting event in the country but, more importantly to many people, one of the biggest cultural events. And a big part of the package is the array of innovative and memorable commercials that debut during the game; with so many eyes glued to the tube, advertisers have an unparalleled opportunity to seize instance name recognition, usually, it seems, by employing some combination of monkeys, talking animals and slapstick humor.

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Cute Commercial Alert: A Dog with a Bone

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 20th 2010 6:30PM
Traveler's Insurance DogLots of commercials feature cute animals, but there's something about this one that is so sweet. It's the Travelers Insurance commercial with a cute little dog trying to find the perfect spot for his precious bone.

What's fun is that he's so concerned over this bone, and we totally get that. We've got stuff we're worried about, too. The first shot is of the dog sleeping, with his paw on that bone like it's the Declaration of Independence or something. Wouldn't want anyone to steal it.

But it needs a better hiding spot, so first he tries hiding it in the laundry basket, then under the rug. Then he decides to bury it in the back yard, and nothing will distract him from this task, not even a cat passing by. Oh no, he's laser focused on that bone!

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The recession is even affecting the Super Bowl

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 11th 2010 1:02PM
Super BowlSuper Bowl time is almost upon us and with it a veritable plethora of clever television commercials (which is the only reason I watch the Super Bowl). Super Bowl ads also have the reputation of being the most expensive television commercials for the year. However, this year that is not quite as true this year because, for the second time in history, prices for Super Bowl ads have dropped from the previous year.

Given these hard times, I'm curious about which sponsors will even run commercials for the game. Big names like GM and Pepsi aren't even advertising. It would be sort of cool if AT&T and Verizon would continue their ad war through the Super Bowl.

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Jason Alexander the latest Jenny Craig pitch man

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 6th 2010 3:29PM
seinfeld_jason_alexander_shrinkageNobody can accuse Jason Alexander of not being honest about himself. The actor has not been happy with the way he's been looking of late and he's going to do something about it. Jason Alexander is the new spokesman for Jenny Craig. Not only is it "no soup for you," Jason, it's also no more big salad, too. (Unless the size of Jenny Craig meals have been supersized and nobody told me about it!)

Jason is the latest Jenny Craig celebrity pitcher, joining Sara Rue and Valerie Bertinelli. I can't wait to see Jason in a Speedo like Valerie in the bikini! No, seriously, Jason's goal with the diet is clearly all about shrinkage. He wants his old waistline, the one that made George Costanza such a catch.

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Disturbing Commercial Alert: Halls Refresh

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 29th 2009 4:02PM
Halls Refresh Commercial, mom and college kidThere's just something so wrong about a middle-aged mom and a teenage Asian boy sharing a moment over a mouth lozenge. So, so wrong.

Is this the best that Halls could do? Create a commercial revolving around a college kid and his roommate's mom, both experiencing the salivating flavors of Halls Refresh while staring creepily into each others' eyes and thinking nasty thoughts? Let's recap the seductive thought-flow:

Him: "Mmmm, so mouth-watering."
Her: "Mmmm, refreshing."
Him: "Wonder if she likes it."
Her: "Soooo juicy."
Him: "Yeah, she likes it."

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Funniest Commercials of 2009 (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 17th 2009 12:25PM
Only Las Vegas: Chinchilla DayIf you missed the 'Funniest Commercials of 2009' on TBS this week, not to worry! We've got some of the videos below for your viewing pleasure. Entries range from gunslinging chinchilli, rapping babies, talking crocodiles, flying condoms, and Conan O'Brien.

Some are really funny, and some are just gross. The top 10 commercials are at the bottom, although for the number one spot, we might have gone for the Evian Babies, which clocked in at number three. Tell us in the comments what you think should have taken top honors.

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Jim Gaffigan's Christmas ads for eBay are working

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 11:02AM
jim_gaffigan_tbsIn TV Squad's continued efforts to share the best and worst of TV commercials with you, here's one that's currently airing that's just terrific. Jim Gaffigan for eBay. Think harder. That's his advice for people who are trying to figure out what to buy him for Christmas.

Gaffigan is hilarious with that dry sense of humor and the furrowed brow. How much you want to bet he's been there when it comes to getting crappy gifts. You know, like a coffee mug that looks like it must have been re-gifted from an office birthday party. Or the jewelry box that's too ugly to be put on your dresser. Or a Chatty Cathy doll you received when your parents knew you weren't interested in playing with dolls.

Oops, that last one was a personal one of mine.

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Cute Commercial Alert: Roller-Skating Babies in the Evian Ad

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 24th 2009 2:45PM
Roller-Skating Babies in the Evian CommercialThis Evian commercial featuring roller-skating babies has been around for a while, and it's still amazing to watch. Of course, it's all computer-generated, but they make it look so real.

We love babies in commercials, don't we? But this one isn't just the E*Trade babies talking with perfectly coordinated hand and mouth movements. Here, you've got plump babies on roller skates doing wild stunts to "Rapper's Delight" on the boom box.

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Maria Bamford plays a demented shopper in new Target ads

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 24th 2009 1:06PM
The new Target holiday ads are out, and if you've been scratching your head, trying to figure out who that vaguely familiar-looking woman is who's playing that competitive and slightly demented Black Friday shopper, scratch no longer.

It's Maria Bamford, the cute but decidedly off-kilter stand-up comedian who is probably best known for participating in the Comedians of Comedy tour with Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, and Brian Posehn.

Most of the ads show Bamford playing the competitive shopper, pulling full Target carts uphill and sleeplessly decorating a gingerbread village in preparation for the store's big Black Friday sale. But in some of the spots, Bamford also plays the woman's more "normal" sister, who doesn't need to be there as soon as the doors open. Problem is, she also puts her wreath up using a staple gun. So how normal can she be? One of the ads is below, and a couple of more are after the jump:

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British comic claims TV ad ripped him off

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 7:02PM
If Mad Men is any indication of what its like to work in the real advertising world, then the writing process alone must cause more migraines than swimming in radioactive sewage.

That's still no excuse for stealing material, if that is in fact the case with this British ad. UK comic Micky Flanagan claims an ad agency stole a joke from his act for a phone service commercial and is a stone's throw away from filing a lawsuit. Punchline Magazine posted videos of the joke and the ad. Is this just a coincidence or is the ad pulling a Carlos Mencia?

First, listen to Flanagan's joke...

And now, watch the ad, which is after the jump.

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Was Fox rooting for the Yankees to win the World Series?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 5th 2009 4:04PM
Considering the incredible overnight ratings that Fox got for Game Six of the World Series, you might think I'm crazy to suggest that the network would be rooting for the New York Yankees last night to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, but I have evidence. All through the game, Fox was promoting Fringe and Bones, urging viewers to tune in tomorrow night -- tonight -- for new episodes. Why would the network be sending that message when there was a possibility of a Game Seven?

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Commercial spoofs take shots at DirecTV's Chris Farley spot

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 4th 2009 5:02PM
Controversy raged last weekend as fans and media types reacted to a new DirecTV ad using the late Chris Farley in scenes from Tommy Boy. Now, some aggressive YouTubers are taking their shot at offending some people (with DirecTV execs at the top of the list).

The original ad featured a live action David Spade discussing DirecTV against Farley's antics from Tommy Boy. While Spade insisted Farley wouldn't mind, a lot of his fans took offense to using a dead man to hawk a product.

But the video below, from a YouTube page, The Landline, lights up the satellite TV provider with an edgy send-up of the "dead talk cash" stunt with faked DirecTV ads featuring a pseudo Heath Ledger, John F. Kennedy, and someone else you'll recognize.

There's a conspiracy theory floating around that this is actually clever viral marketing from DirecTV itself -- since no publicity is bad publicity. But, if that were true, and word really got out, it'd be "deadly" to the company's business.

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The Shake Weight is either the most erotic or hilarious exercise ad ever

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 29th 2009 3:30PM
Tuesday's Daily Show with Jon Stewart brought a pressing and shocking concern to my eyes, something the American people as a whole have largely ignored: the ridiculous ad for the Shake Weight.

Most exercise infomercials are already crazy and unintentionally hilarious in and of themselves, but this ad deserves the Mark Twain Prize.

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My commercial of the week: The Boost Mobile pigs

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 1st 2009 10:30AM
Boost Mobile CommercialI haven't always been crazy about the Boost Mobile commercials. The one with the girl and guy riding the bike, and her horribly long armpit hair flapping back in his face, was just gross and made me want to turn the channel.

Then there was the bizarre topless commercial featuring Danika Patrick (not topless, mind you). I don't really understand ads that make us want to turn the channel. What's the point? To get us talking about them, I guess. I mean, here I am talking about it and bringing attention to it. But in a bad way!

Anyway, this Boost Mobile ad with the pigs is kind of funny. What is it about talking pigs that makes them funny? Some psychologist can weigh in on that one. Not to mention the fact that they're eating one of their own, but it fits with the "that's just wrong" theme of these ads. I especially like the little wave he does with his little hoof at the end.

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