Progressive’s Flo Chats With Bigfoot (His Real Name Is Daryl)

Well, hello there. I hope you’re doing well and staying healthy. It’s been a little while since I’ve written. With the current state of world events (if you happen to be reading this years later, this is the world event I’m talking about), it seems kinda odd to be writing about silly commercials. But that’s what I’m here for, and that’s what I’ll do. In this Progressive spot, Flo is sitting down in the woods and having a heart-to-heart with a woolly creature. He says that everyone used to come out for blurry photos with him, but now they’re just now more interested in their RVs. Flo makes a mistake when she calls him Bigfoot though…his name is Daryl. This ad is appropriately named “Sadsquatch.”

 

Progressive’s Mara Is Quite Unappealing To Men At The Karaoke Bar

Most of the ads from the Progressive saga focus on Flo or Jamie, but this time Mara (played by Natalie Palamides) gets her 30 seconds in the spotlight. We’re at a karaoke bar where Jamie is performing in the background, and Flo is sitting at a table with Mara. Male suitors excitedly try to talk to Mara, but then when she tells them about her back rash, her annoying laugh, or her obsession with saving by bundling with Progressive, they all back away. As the title of the ad states, she’s “Off the Mara-ket.”

 

Progressive’s Jamie Moonlights As A Server At Portabella’s

Is Progressive not paying Jamie enough? Anyway, his name is now Robbie, and Flo is Pam. Robbie namedrops the Progressive Name Your Price tool. I don’t like mushrooms, but I wonder if I’d like mushroom puffers. The group of friends thought they were just going for a dinner at Portabella’s, but now they wonder if they’re in a Progressive commercial. Especially since there’s a Progressive commercial on the TV in the background. The Portabella’s song at the end is pretty amusing. Andrew Delman plays one of the male customers…anyone know the others?

Progressive’s Commercial Features A Halftime Show With Smash Mouth’s “All Star”

Progressive hasn’t had a Super Bowl commercial in more than 20 years, so they’re touching on that with this tongue-in-cheek ad. Flo is sitting on a couch with a couple discussing Progressive’s bundling when the commercial breaks for a “halftime show” and we get to enjoy a few lines from the chorus of Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” Then it’s back to Flo and the couple. Flo munches on some popcorn, and when questioned where it came from, she says “Your kitchen. It’s halftime.” Here’s more about the commercial from Adweek.

Progressive’s Snarky Sign Spinner Commercial

The snarky young sign spinner in these new Progressive commercials is focused on his job promoting Progressive. So focused in fact, that he won’t help out a driver trying to find I-70, and won’t talk to his dad until his break. I’m not sure that “Progressive isn’t helpful” is a great takeaway. Also, an observant commenter noted that the ad looks to be shot somewhere in the vicinity of Yonkers, NY…which is nowhere near I-70. Not your best work, Progressive.

2/10 update: I see they updated the commercial to make the sign spinner reluctantly help the driver. Cool?

 

Progressive Presents “At Home With Baker Mayfield”

Swagger-filled Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of the NFL’s young shining stars. And now Progressive is featuring him in a new campaign. In “At Home With Baker Mayfield”, we see Baker mow the lawn of “his home” while a befuddled groundskeeper looks on. And a pesky circuit breaker gives Baker trouble while his wife Emily tries to make a smoothie. Here’s more about the campaign from Adweek.

Progressive Presents Progressive Park!

Buckle up for some insurance-themed fun! With thrilling attractions such as the totally realistic “Traffic Jam” and the world’s first “Never Bump Bumper Cars” (which are both exactly what they sound like), who wouldn’t be excited? Well, everybody. It might be billed as fun for the whole family, but Flo and Co. soon look at an empty parking lot and realize that an insurance park was a bad idea. Oh well. It’s a pretty spot-on parody of amusement park ads.

 

 

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