TurboTax Free 2019 Really Emphasizes That It’s Free

TurboTax has a funny new campaign to advertise its Free 2019 edition. It uses various parodies of film…a courtroom scene, an action movie credits scene, and my favorite, a stereotypically inspiring football story. All of them repeatedly use “free” throughout…you know, to emphasize the freeness of TurboTax Free 2019. Elsewhere, TurboTax also has a Live edition where you can speak to a tax expert in real-time. That especially comes in handy when a woman named Lena (played by Adriana Trajkovski) wants to avoid interacting with a tech bro named Chad. Cat-culator…haha. The fact that Chad and Stacy are names used in the commercial also doesn’t seem like an accident.

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Volkswagen Encourages U.S. Soccer Fans To Root For Brazil (Or Iceland, Belgium, Switzerland, Or Germany)

For the first time since 1986, the United States didn’t qualify for the World Cup. It was embarrassing, but there will still be Americans watching, and they’ll need a team to root for. So Volkswagen has a new World Cup-centered campaign, cleverly called “Jump On The Wagen”, where fans of different countries’ teams pitch the US for support. Brazil has the most trophies, Iceland doesn’t have enough people to do the wave, Belgium hosts the world’s biggest EDM festival, Switzerland brought us Swiss Army knives, and Germany brought the frankfurter. Compelling reasons, all. The attractive Icelandic fan is played by Sarah Skogland…anyone know who the Brazilian fan is?

 

Bears And Packers Play On An Amazon Stream

On Thursday September 28, the Bears and Packers will play a game on the Amazon Prime stream. It’s the first time Amazon’s had it…Twitter had the rights to streaming last year. So they have an amusing new ad to promote it. Amazon’s spot is faux-documentary style with a David Attenborough soundalike, and it shows literal (well, CGI) bears and packers playing football along an Amazonian stream. Pretty on the nose, and pretty damn funny too.

Geico: If You’re A Ref, You Way Overexplain Things

We’re getting to football season now…this is the first weekend for college, while the NFL will start next weekend (well, Thursday I guess). So in that spirit, Geico has a new spot from their “It’s What You Do” campaign. Football’s rules can be complex, and so referees are there to make calls, which can sometimes require onerous explanations. Here, a ref and his wife are out to dinner at a fancy restaurant with another couple. After his wife orders langostino lobster ravioli, Zebraman gets up and explains (in ref-like fashion) that he won’t be ordering the same due to a slight shellfish allergy, plus the fact that she already ordered it. Don’t wanna be repetitive, you know. He tries to get chicken tenders and tater tots, with his dinner partners glaring. Unfortunately, they don’t have chicken tenders and tater tots. Probably don’t have nachos either, buddy. The ref is played by Matt Corboy and his annoyed wife is Heather Simpson.

Wendy’s Has A Ridiculous Football Commercial Starring Terrell Owens And Vince Young

I’m not really sure what’s going on with this Wendy’s ad, or why Terrell Owens and Vince Young are in it (perhaps they need the paychecks), but it’s intentionally silly and quite amusing. Owens AKA “Gouda” has an especially memorable line with the impassioned “You’re wrong dad! Cheeses can step up!” It all culminates with Young AKA “Gruyere” throwing the game-winning touchdown pass to Gouda. The Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger and Bacon Fondue Fries look pretty tasty too.

 

Marshawn Lynch Gives Lip Service To Pepsi

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles. He hates talking to the media. So Pepsi plays on his reticence in this new commercial. Marshawn seems to be speaking, but we hear a feminine voice. Of course, that’s because a woman is speaking, while Marshawn is just moving his lips.

Joe Buck And Troy Aikman Star In A Bizarre Fox Sports Telenovela Ad

Football is back! Yay! Where would Joe Buck and Troy Aikman be without football? Well, they might be acting in telenovelas. Although Joe Buck would still have baseball. But anyway, this is totally weird and totally funny. And apparently, it’s the first in a series for Fox Sports.

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