Book Of The Month Is Something To Look Forward To…Every Month

Even though I write a blog about commercials, there’s a lot that I miss. It’s pretty inevitable, given the sheer volume of advertising in the world. So while this funny Book of the Month spot might not be new (it came out in November), I just saw it and thought it was worth a post. It shows women excitedly talking about “that time of the month” to bemused people. “It’s so heavy, I cried” one lady gleefully announces on the phone. We all know what it sounds like they’re talking about, but it’s really their Book of the Month. Haha. Here’s more from Adweek.


Grandma’s Cookies Gets Awkward (And Kinda Sweet Too)

If you were to approach strangers, coworkers, and friends and ask if they were your grandma….before ACTING like they are, that would be pretty awkward right? Therein lies the premise of these funny, uncomfortable, and sometimes sweet spots from Grandma’s Cookies created by Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.


Kmart Will Ship Your Pants

It’s kind of crazy that I hadn’t seen Kmart’s “Ship My Pants” (created by Draftfcb) until today. It’s gone wicked contagious (I’m so sick of the term “viral”) since being uploaded to YouTube on April 10. More than 10 million views…wow. According to AdFreak, “Ship My Pants” has an astonishing one share for every nine views. Anyway, the commercial itself follows the method of copy that only sounds vulgar. But I think it does a better job. And we learn that Kmart can ship your pants, ship your drawers, ship your nighty, and ship your bed! For free! Useful, funny, and punny. A winning combination. For now it’s only online, but a TV run should be coming soon. If you haven’t already seen it, here it is. You’ll probably react like a tittering twelve year old.

Sears Has People Randomly And Hilariously Running Into Appliances On The Beach

Alright, so it’s not really a new commercial, but still a fun one. You gotta love how it starts off as a stereotypical fashion-type ad, with the happy couple frolicking on the beach. And then…BAM! Totally random, and totally hilarious too. Good job, Sears.

That Ragu Commercial Where A Chubby Kid Walks In On His Parents

Somewhat random and uncomfortable, but pretty funny at the same time. I’m glad Ragu made this kid feel less traumatized.

I Talk About The New Coke Zero Commercial AND Stuff

I really like the narrative structure of this ad. AND I’m pretty jealous of the guy. AND I’ve never had Coke Zero before…does it taste more like regular Coke than Diet?

Bonus video: AND do you remember this Coke Zero spot? Funny AND low-budget.

People Who Eat Snickers Taste Better To Sharks

Made me laugh.

And incidentally, shark attacks are increasing in the United States.

The Next Michael Jordan, Brought To You By Geico

This is a commercial from a new Geico campaign. And it’s pretty damn funny.

Scholarship! I also like the pastel, almost washed-out looking colors of this ad.

Bronson Arroyo Swings And Misses

This is apparently an outtake of a commercial Bronson Arroyo shot for a car dealership in 2006. Amusing.

Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana Get Masculine

With nearly 40% of American households now having a digital video recorder (DVR), it’s easy to forget the revolutionary impact of TiVo. Introduced in 1999, TiVo was the first DVR to be mass produced. It allowed viewers to record programming onto a hard drive without a clunky VCR or cassette tapes. TiVo users also had the ability to pause live TV and easily fast forward commercials on recorded material, which is something I will likely address in a later post. TiVo still exists, but its market share is much lower today, with most cable companies offering a DVR as part of a digital package.

In 2000, TiVo created what I think is one of the funniest commercials ever made.

Athletes have a long history in commercials, most of them comedic and/or cheesy, and this spot is gold. From Ronnie’s shanked golf shot, Joe’s genuine concern, the spot-on parody music and faux-scientific explanation of a problem never advertised (hey, we itch sometimes too!), and Ronnie’s deadpan “Boy Howdy”, everything about this ad works. The punchline of course is the cringe inducing gob of Itch Stopper Plus, and the sudden cutaway for TiVo. You’d almost think it was real if Ronnie and Joe didn’t look like they were about to crack up the entire time. The inherent irony is that it’s a commercial for TiVo which you would likely never see if you had TiVo.

I remember seeing this during a regular season NFL game, and I only saw it once, making it the ultimate one hit wonder of a commercial for me. In retrospect, it would have made a great Super Bowl ad, but it wasn’t. Maybe the relatively new TiVo service didn’t want such a big expense early on. Maybe it was judged to be too racy, which would have been strange considering what happened a few years later. In any case, it stands out more than 10 years after it was on, which really says something.

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