Progressive’s Flo Leads A Focus Group…A Flocus Group, If You Will

I’ve sat in focus groups before, and Progressive’s portrayal is pretty dead on. From the inane commentary (“I’ve seen violence”) to the off-topic tangents (“Top of the bundle to you!”), it all sounds familiar. We all know Stephanie Courtney is Flo, and Jade Catta-Preta plays Meredith, the mom who disapproves of violence. Jamison Webb is Kirk, the “top of the bundle” guy, and Marco Rodriguez is Carl, the underrated “I’ve seen violence” dude. Anyone know the others?

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Progressive Introduces The Motaur

Progressive’s new Motaur is like a minotaur….except that he’s half man, half motorcycle. He sometimes wishes he wasn’t a Motaur, in that he’d want legs on the bottom, and motorcyle on the top. It’s a bizarre campaign from Progressive, but surreal insurance ads are the thing these days. Anyone know who plays the Motaur?

 

Progressive’s Flo Is “Maid For Us”

Poor Flo…she’s no maid, but everyone thinks she is in Progressive’s new ad, which features sitcom parody “Maid For Us.” Comments have stated it uses the set from “Everybody Loves Raymond”, which is possible, though I must admit that I’ve never seen that show. It’s all rather dumb and clearly has nothing to do with Progressive Insurance, but that theme song is a pretty spot-on sitcom parody.

Progressive’s Jamie Becomes Step Jamie, Though These Teenage Boys Won’t Call Him Dad

When this woman brings home Progressive’s Jamie (played by Jim Cashman), and tells her teenage sons that they’ll be seeing a lot more of him, the sons obviously think he’s going to be their new stepdad. There’s a misunderstanding though…Jamie is only there to help their mom bundle and save with Progressive. The boys aren’t hearing it however, and one gets up for some more nuggets while yelling “You’re not my dad!” at Jamie. Jamie’s already got a nice house and family anyway. I’ll update this one with more actor/actress info when I find it.

Progressive Shows Jamie’s 40th, Including His Big House And Beautiful Wife

I’ll admit that Progressive’s long-running campaign with Flo (played by Stephanie Courtney) has become kind of a commercial blind spot for me. The campaign has just been around for so long and with so many ads that I’ve pretty much stopped paying attention to them. But this one caught my eye. From what I gather of the Progressive saga, Jamie (Jim Cashman) is kind of the butt monkey of the agents. So when everyone comes to his place for his 40th birthday, surprises abound. Jamie’s house that he claims “is not much” is actually quite modern and spacious. Also, Jamie has a bunch of kids, an incredibly sexy wife (played by Xian Mikol), and a beautiful, operatic singing voice. Who knew?

Progressive’s Babyman: What Do You Think?

Progressive’s “Babyman” rides in the shopping cart seat, knocks boxes off grocery store shelves, spills candy everywhere, drinks milk straight out of the carton, and is in daycare despite being an adult. A childish adult, but an adult nonetheless. Because Progressive says “Act your own age, get your own insurance.” So is Babyman insulting to the intellectually challenged, insulting to millennials, or not insulting at all? Are people too easily offended? Is it an ad that’s stupid or funny? A lot to consider here from a silly commercial. Also, anyone know who plays Babyman? He looks like he could be John Oliver’s little brother.

Are You Becoming Like Your Parents? Progressive’s Got A Support Group For You!

The other day, I found myself talking about deceptive retail prices, and said “that’s where they get you.” And then it sunk in…that’s something my dad says. As we get older, a lot of us will take on traits of our parents, for better or worse. So I chuckled at this new Progressive commercial, set at a “Dad Support Group.” We hear men and women tell honest confessions, like that they refer to every child as “chief.” Because Progressive can’t save you from becoming your parents, but they can save you when you bundle on home and auto.

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