Tuesday Throwback: State Farm’s “And Can I Get A Hot Tub?”

Much like its famous Jake commercial, State Farm had a long-running hit with this spot. I believe it debuted back in 2010, and it had already been playing for a while when I started the blog. I wonder what exactly the black dude was talking about (“snatching stuff takes…”) when the baseball went through the window. It looked like he was in the middle of a good story. Then the State Farm agent appears! And the State Farm jingle magically brings a sandwich, the girl from 4E, and of course, a hot tub. “And can I get a hot tub?” was a fantastic line which this ad is best remembered for. Mane Rich Andrew plays the “snatching stuff” sandwich lover, Graham Rogers is the hot tub guy, and Holly Lynch is the attractive girl from 4E. Anyone know the identities of Dave the State Farm summoner or the agent?

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Tuesday Throwback: Jake From State Farm

I remember the “Jake from State Farm” commercial debuting in 2011, around the same time I started this blog. I wrote about it, but didn’t realize that it would become such a huge hit…an ad that would be aired for years. But looking back, it’s still hilarious. I’ve even seen people dress up for Halloween as Jake from State Farm. I guess that’s a convenient costume if you’re somewhat lazy and own a red polo and khakis. Jake Stone was a real-life State Farm agent, and according to this article, he quit shortly after the ad was released. I still wonder how many people call their State Farm agents at 3 AM. Justin Campbell plays the husband, and Melanie Paxson is the wife.

State Farm Brings Us Chris Paul Singing Along To “I Want It That Way”

When Chris Paul left the Los Angeles Clippers for the Houston Rockets, he unfortunately also had to leave his long-time State Farm agent, Cliff. As a last assist, Cliff gave him the card for a new agent, Cole Perez. As this new State Farm spot starts, we see Cole (played by Oscar Nunez) showing Chris around Houston. They go bowling. They eat chili fries. When the iconic Backstreet Boys tune “I Want It That Way” comes on the radio, they enthusiastically sing along. Then, they run into two of Chris’ new teammates, James Harden and Trevor Ariza. Seems that James has some car trouble. After picking them up, Harden is still concerned about his vehicle, while Trevor gets in on the karaoke act…quite poorly. Haha. And one of the best parts of the ad is that according to this Adweek article, everyone knew the words to “I Want It That Way.”

State Farm’s “Following” Encourages Volunteerism

Since being released a few days ago, State Farm’s two-minute film “Following”, created by DDB Chicago, has racked up nearly four million views on YouTube. It centers on a melancholy man riding on the subway, who sees a pet adoption ad with a dog’s picture. Suddenly, that same dog is sitting right next to him. The pup ends up following the man to work, and we see him going about his day. He encounters a “Support the Vets” ad on Facebook, and then the vet appears, playing with the dog. At lunch, the man sees a news story featuring a young dropout, and then sees the dropout himself. He’s being followed (almost haunted) by those in need, and can’t get them out of his mind. What can he do? Well, the answer comes towards the end of the spot…he goes to a Youth Outreach Mentoring Center to volunteer.

This is the type of ad that seems like it could be polarizing. Many will find it moving and meaningful, while others might see the storytelling as heavy-handed, bleeding heart sentimentality. Honestly, I can see it both ways. But I think the central message, about the importance of volunteerism, is undeniably strong. So what you do think? By the way, the song is a cover of The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” performed by Joy Williams. Here’s a good article about the spot from Advertising Age.

Tuesday Throwback: State Farm Doesn’t Think You Should Believe Everything On The Internet

Fake news has been all over the real news lately. In this 2012 State Farm commercial (one of the most popular posts I’ve written on this blog), we’re reminded that not everything on the Internet is true. Useful advice. Mariel Booth plays the woman, Nigel Thatch plays Mike, and Eric Filipkowski is the “French Model.”

State Farm: This Suede Couch Is Admired Both By Its Owner And By Burglars

It’s a nice couch, and who doesn’t love suede? It’s a chuckler how the woman and her friend have the exact same conversation about the piece as the burglars who steal it. The owner of the couch is played by Meryl Hathaway, and when I found of the identities of the others, I’ll add that too.

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