Posts tagged as commercials

Amex Hitched Their Wagon to 'SNL's Parody of Their Commercial

If you watched Chris Hemsworth's SNL episode live last weekend, you probably noticed that the pre-taped commercial parody spoofing the very serious Mindy Kaling American Express commercial was directly followed by the actual ad, and today Variety confirms that the move was, in fact, a calculated move on Amex's part:

American Express already had plans for an ad featuring comic actress Mindy Kaling to air during Saturday’s broadcast, and NBC out of courtesy gave the financial-services giant and its media-buying agency, Mindshare, a heads-up about plans for the satirical piece to air, according to two people familiar with the situation. NBC in turn was asked to [...]

Watch Tina Fey Tell an Awful McDonald's Commercial Audition Story

Here's Tina Fey talking about a bad experience auditioning for a McDonald's commercial in Chicago in the '90s for an episode of The Tonight Show's web series My Worst Audition. It didn't work out, but at least Tina Fey didn't get really into being a commercial spokesperson instead of becoming a great comedy writer/performer.

Watch Conan O'Brien Audition for a Bunch of TV Commercials

Here's a remote piece from last night's Conan, in which Conan O'Brien went to commercial audition coach to give commercial acting a shot. I don't think his new career path is gonna pan out.

This Old Navy Commercial Is Our First Look at Chevy Chase's Post-'Community' Career

"It's just a fucking mediocre sitcom. I want people to laugh, and this isn't funny. And it ain't funny to me because I'm 67 years old and I've been doing this a long time and I've been making a lot of people laugh a lot better than this."

– Chevy Chase on 'Community' in one of those Dan Harmon voicemails.

Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno Show Off Their Automobile Lust in Acura's Super Bowl Ad

Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno are giving Matthew Broderick's Ferris Bueller ad a run for its money with their own Super Bowl ad for the Acura NSX. Well, they say it's for the NSX, but it's really just as effective as an ad for dancing holographic monkeys. Or the professional services of Jerry Seinfeld as a butler and personal entertainer. Either of which I think most of us would pay A PRETTY PENNY for, am I wrong?

Tim and Eric Made a Totino's Pizza Roll Commercial That's Hardcore Punk Rock

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have been on a roll in the advertising world lately. Back in September they directed a commercial for a GE lightbulb starring a hot tub-lounging Jeff Goldblum, and now they're back with a new ad for Totino's Pizza Rolls that's bizarre enough to make you switch from Gino's Pizza Rolls out of curiosity alone.

Stan Freberg's Long Career, in Short

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

You may not know the name Stan Freberg, but you've definitely felt his influence. His career has lasted decades, first breaking into show business as [...]

Improvisers Will Perform Live Commercials During 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

For the next few Thursdays, episodes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will feature live improvised ads, according to Variety. In an early commercial break, New York-based improvisers will ask for social media suggestions for an ad featuring the Lexus IS. In the final commercial break of the show, they will perform an improvised commercial based on the suggestions from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. The “It’s Your Move After Dark” campaign will be broadcast live from the Brooklyn Bridge, and feature improv groups like Fun Young Guys, Magnet Theater Touring Company, Stone Cold Fox, and MB’s Dream (which is, presumably, based on Mike Birbiglia's new UCB improv show). It's an interesting [...]

Aziz Ansari is a Lady Magnet in This American Express Commercial

Before we go any further, it's important that you know this is not a Parks & Rec webisode, but an American Express commercial starring Aziz Ansari as himself. And a pretty funny one at that. I don't know what this "Jessica's" problem is, by the way. Dude bought a kayak for this date and she isn't impressed? That's gotta be at least number three on the oh-no-no list.

Matthew Broderick Brings Back Bueller for a Devious Honda Super Bowl Ad

This re-enactment of Ferris Bueller's Day Off starring Matthew Broderick for Honda's Super Bowl spot is an excellent example of advertising. Not that I condone advertising. Or any -ising for that matter. -isings in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ising, he should believe in himself. I quote Ferris Bueller, "I quote John Lennon, 'I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.'" Good point there. After all, he was Matthew Broderick. I could be Matthew Broderick. I'd still have to do commercials for Honda.

Jeff Goldblum Stars in the Best Lightbulb Infomercial Ever Directed by Tim and Eric

It's not often that a mega corporation like GE can pull off an ad that's funnier than it is shameless, but this new spot directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim has got to be the most worthwhile lightbulb commercial ever made. It stars Jeff Goldblum as super successful and well-lit celebrity Terry Quattro, and if the thought of Goldblum playing the piano from the comfort of his hot tub excites you, the above spot will not let you down.

Mattress World Commercial, by Blythe Roberson

When you walk into a conventional mattress store, it’s really not about you. It’s about, here are our mattresses, would you like to buy one?

At our store, it’s all about you. What is your favorite book? Who is your celebrity crush? Put your iPod on shuffle: What are the first six songs that come up?

Don’t look at our mattresses yet!  You’ve had a rough day, you need to de-stress. Sit down for a massage. Wow, those hands are magic! Is that a masseuse? No, it’s Gary, the guy who delivers our mattresses.

Are you hungry? Here’s some celery and some chocolate. No, don’t eat the celery. We [...]

Watch Charlie Day Relive the Bagel Commercial from Hell

Here's It's Always Sunny and Pacific Rim star Charlie Day on The Tonight Show last night, reliving his most difficult acting job ever: a bagel commercial from 10 years ago. Luckily, Jay Leno was able to dig up a copy of said commercial, and the work Charlie Day put into his performance shows.

Will Ferrell and NBC Demonstrate the Extremes of Wonderful Super Bowl Ads

These two Super Bowl ads really show that great commercials can come in all shapes and sizes. There's NBC's "please just watch some of our programs, we're literally begging you" spot, and then there's a Will Ferrell ad only seen in North Platte, Nebraska. On the one hand, you have an entire network of stars doing choreographed singing and dancing to a song from a Broadway show, from Community to SNL. And on the other, just a guy walking up in a field, and taking a cold drink from an Old Mi-