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I defy you to find a better commercial: Snuggie for Dogs

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 5th 2009 11:02AM
snuggie for dogsSnuggie. For. Dogs. I really feel like anything I write after that is just superfluous. So, yes, everybody has written about the Snuggie, ha ha ha. America is fat and lazy and will soon be taken over by the far more efficient Chinese.

But these are all known facts. Ever since Ronald Reagan declared ketchup as a vegetable, the cat's kind of been out of the bag on the whole "America is fat" tip. So when I saw the ad for the Snuggie, my reaction was simply, "meh." Actually, that's a lie. My reaction was, "Dude. That's awesome. Blankets 24/7!" But after I sobered up, it went back to, "meh."

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Is domestic violence really the best way to get me to buy a bathroom cleaner?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 26th 2009 10:00AM
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Picture it: An ad airs on television with a nice, middle-class woman grocery shopping with her young daughter. The woman's arm is in a sling, and a concerned older lady asks her what happened. "Oh, rollerblading," the woman replies. The butcher inquires if it was a skiing accident. "Um, mountain biking," is the quick and uncomfortable correction. The kid stocking the shelves asks the same question and gets yet another answer.

The woman continues to shop, and bumps her cart into another woman's. This woman, too, has a sling on her arm. They look at each other. They have a moment of realization. They are abused wives, going about their daily business and being forced to lie about how they sustained their injuries, and now they are being confronted with their own deception and excuses. It's a haunting public service announcement about domestic violence -- except it totally isn't.

Because it's an ad for EFFING BATHROOM CLEANER.

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What You Missed Last Night: the world remembers the Taco Bell dog

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 24th 2009 12:27PM
Larry King hasn't done a show about the death of Gidget, the Taco Bell chihuahua. Sure, he can do 20 shows about Michael Jackson but not even one about the famous fast food mascot? Luckily we have Conan O'Brien, who shared this clip on The Tonight Show.

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Is this a real job interview?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 10th 2009 9:28AM
I saw this commercial over at AdFreak and I'm posting it here not because I think that it's particularly funny but because the company that puts together these "Truth" anti-smoking ads says that the woman in the video is an actual job interviewee and not an actress. Hmmm...you be the judge. Are you AMPED?

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I have no idea why Jerry Seinfeld is doing commercials for an Australian building society

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 9th 2009 7:00PM
Well, this is odd. Jerry Seinfeld has filmed a commercial for Australia's Great Building Society. It shows him setting up a mic, amp, and stool/pitcher of water on the street and doing standup (the ads were actually filmed in a small New York town and not actually Australia.) He's going to do a series of media spots like this for the next couple of years. I guess he really loves Australia and/or building societies.

I think he should go on tour this way in America, just set up standup routines like this on various streets around the country without notice. Wouldn't that be great?

[via TV Tattle]

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We're going to keep seeing Billy Mays in commercials

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2009 6:01PM
Billy MaysFirst off, everyone keeps using the word "infomercial" when describing the ads that Billy Mays did, including this piece at TampaBay.com. Actually, infomercials are longer form ads, usually 30 minutes. What Mays did were commercials (though yes, he did infomercials too). After a meeting between his widow, his son, friend Anthony Sullivan, and marketers, they have decided to resume running all of Mays' ads next week. I'm sure that's going to seem weird to some viewers.

I guess it's not completely odd, because we still watch a TV show that a celebrity has starred in after they die. But commercials are more recent, more "alive," more "of the moment" than some TV show that we all know is a repeat from one, ten, thirty years ago. And that's what's going to be odd about seeing these ads.

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Hardee's wants you to compare A-holes and B-holes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 6:00PM
If you saw the Microsoft ad that Mike posted earlier today, you might think that the advertising business has been taken over by 12 year-olds. If you still need more convincing, here's the new Hardee's commercial that compares their new Biscuit Holes with other holes. It's juvenile, but I have to admit, also funny.

[via AdFreak]

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Today is "Wear Blue for Billy" day

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 29th 2009 9:08AM
Billy Mays - Wear Blue for Billy DayNews of someone's death always implants a little sadness in my brain, whether its the passing of a major celebrity or some innocent bystander who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Part of it is completely selfish. Someone's passing always reminds me of the frailty of human life and lets me know I'm always one less beer away from reaching the end of my time.

The other part is the projection of my own pain. We've all lost someone close to us and know what that pain feels like when our brain is scrambling to catch up with the reality of that loss. There is someone out there who has to deal with that same pain, whether the person who died was worthy of Catholic sainthood or the Bastard of the Year Award.

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Billy Mays dead at 50

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 28th 2009 12:50PM
Billy MaysFamous (and loud) TV pitchman Billy Mays was found dead in his Florida home today. He was 50.

There's no cause of death yet (an autopsy will be performed tomorrow), but Mays was one of the passengers on a US Airways flight that had a bumpy landing in Tampa, FL yesterday.

I think most people would agree that this been a remarkably strange week for celebrity deaths. Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, then Michael Jackson. We thought those three celebs would be enough for one week (and celebrity deaths often come in threes, as the common wisdom goes). And now we have a guy who is still on our TVs all the time. It's not like he was old or he had retired or he wasn't doing much in public anymore. Commercials with May run all day long, every day. I saw several last night. He also has a weekly show with Anthony Sullivan on Discovery called Pitchmen. The pair were also on Conan's show last week. Video of that appearance is after the jump.

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Everybody knows what this commercial is talking about

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2009 2:29PM
This is one of my favorite recent ads. It's from the UK and it's for Heinz ketchup. Notice that they don't even show the bottle (until the very end) or mention it. Ketchup bottles are such an ordinary part of our lives that just a few hand motions and a shot of where most people keep it in the fridge is all it needs to sell it. I also love the bit with the knife. We've all been there.

Hunt's, it's your move.

[via AdFreak]

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Who's creepier: Jack in the Box or The King?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 3rd 2009 8:34AM
Both of these fast food mascots will haunt your dreams. The masks they wear, the way they don't talk much (if at all), the way they show up in unexpected ways. It's like getting Jason Vorhees to be the mascot for Dunkin' Donuts. Here are two recent commercials. Let us know which one gets the "creepier" nod.

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Please note: Brian Williams does not need Viagra

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2009 8:06AM
I've mentioned before how funny a guy Brian Williams is. It doesn't usually come out on NBC Nightly News, of course, but it shines on talk show appearances. On Friday, he was on Jay Leno's show and talked about the type of ads that run during his new show, including spots for products that help men ... in various ways. (Video also here.)

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Another commercial I don't think I understand

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2009 6:03PM
I love commercials and I like to pride myself in understanding them (even if I don't like a particular ad). But sometimes they are so strange that they lean into the confusing category. This spot, from Orangina, is like that. It features a giraffe/human creature who runs off with some jogger. The giraffe is kinda hot though.

[via AdFreak]

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Those "I'm A PC" commercials have gone too far

by Bob Sassone, posted May 19th 2009 6:33PM
The first 20 seconds of this video below could easily be mistaken for one of the real "I'm A PC" ads that Microsoft is currently running. Same filming style, same type of actress, the locations even look the same. But then it all goes horribly wrong (a few naughty words so a little NSFW).

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Five winners from this year's Clio Awards

by Bob Sassone, posted May 18th 2009 5:06PM
ClioI know it puts me in the minority, but I've always loved TV commercials. Sure, the bad ones are bad, but the good ones are art. The Clio Awards (for excellence in advertising) last week, and here's the list of winners. After the jump, some highlights from various categories.

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