Hotels.com Will Prevent You From Being Attacked By Disease-Ridden Monkeys

I guess that’s the moral of this Hotels.com commercial from Australia. Whatever, it’s pretty amusing. And now I’m reading about capuchin monkeys. I hope Kate doesn’t get tetanus or the mysterious “jungle madness.”

DirecTV’s “Petite Randy Moss” Is Funny, But Some Sell It Short

Being a short male (I’m 5’5″), I’ve learned to deal. There are obvious shortcomings (pun absolutely intended). Many women eschew shorter men and we make less on average than our taller brethren. But there’s no non-painful way┬áto gain height, so it’s best to just accept yourself and have a sense of humor. Which leads me to DirecTV’s new NFL Sunday Ticket commercial featuring former (well, probably) great Randy Moss. It’s the same formula of the Rob Lowe campaign, except now it has Randy Moss, who has DirecTV, and petite Randy Moss, who has cable. It’s pretty funny. But more sensitive men, perhaps with Napoleon complexes, are outraged. One of the obvious jokes, for those in the know, is that Moss is one of the tallest wide receivers to play the game. So lighten up, guys. I mean, I too hate it when they put the “fruity munch” on the top shelf. It’ll be interesting to see if this commercial lasts, or gets pulled because of the easily offended.

A Tiny Dancer Impresses In This New John Lewis Ad

When you’re home and nobody’s watching (or you’re home alone), you dance. You just do. Tom Cruise did. In this UK commercial for John Lewis’ home insurance, a young girl enthusiastically practices ballet around the house. The only problem is that she’s so passionate about her dancing that she obliviously almost knocks over a ton of the family’s valuable stuff. The song of course is Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”. Which contrary to popular belief contains no mention of Tony Danza. A very well acted and shot commercial.

ESPN’s College Football Playoff: Everyone’s Going After The Buckeyes

I’m an Ohio State fan, and it was great to see them win it all last year, especially since their run was somewhat out of nowhere. The Buckeyes look stacked again this year, but as this commercial narrated by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer demonstrates, the other contenders are looking for a national championship. Here’s more info about the spot from Advertising Age.

Print With A Canon Pixma And Avoid Awkwardness And/Or Arrest

Being old school when it comes to technology can pay off at times. Though printing things out has somewhat gone out of fashion with the rise of smartphones/tablets, it’s still sometimes a good “better safe than sorry” plan. Canon’s new ads for its Pixma printers cleverly illustrate this point. The spots all start with the protagonist printing and saying “never again” and then recounting awkward situations that would have been avoided by printing. You’ve got the hapless dad who learns to print tickets after being arrested in front of his daughter following a scalping sting. There’s the priest who has to poorly improvise a eulogy after his tablet dies. And then the mom whose son and his friend might be traumatized after seeing intimate pictures. Very funny and on point with message. Well done.

Geico: A Kraken Disrupts This Golf Tournament

Golf on TV is a very serene (and arguably boring) experience. I find that it’s perfect in the background for a nice afternoon nap. This calmness forms the premise of the latest spot from Geico’s “It’s What You Do” campaign. While a golfer is setting up for a shot next to the water hazard, a Kraken emerges and grabs the hapless guy (and his caddie) with its giant tentacles. While the sea monster is writhing around with the men, the announcers continue talking in a droning whisper. Because if you’re a golf commentator, you whisper. It’s what you do. Another funny ad from The Martin Agency.

This Is SportsCenter: “MMMBop” Is An Interesting Entrance Song

If you had a personal entrance song, what would it be? It’s a question I’ve thought about before, and I’d have to say my song would be “Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta”. The latest spot from the beloved and long-running “This Is SportsCenter” campaign deals with Major League Baseball walk-up music. It features Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig walking up to his own music during a meeting. Then we hear SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett’s music: “MMMBop” by Hanson. Excellent.

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