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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
Mannequin American views and guidelines on marketing/PR trends, news from the world of puppets and ventriloquism, bits of humor and other interesting but useless information. I post every Tuesday and Friday.
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Funny JBL "Cord Fail" Ads

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
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Chip Shot: Please join me in remembering an icon in the marketing industry … the Pillsbury Dough Boy. He died yesterday of a yeast infection. He is survived by his wife, Jane Dough, his three children, Play Dough, John Dough and Dill Dough … plus they had one in the oven. Services will be held at 330 for about 20 minutes.


Funny JBL Headphone Ads … Cord Fail



This is one in a series of very funny “cord fail” ads for JBL Headphones.

Here’s another one.

Harvey Nichols Employs 100 Year-Old Model


This year’s June issue of Vogue, will celebrate the fashion mag’s 100th birthday. So Harvey Nichols created an ad with Bo Gilbert, who was born in 1916. And, she looks rather fantastic.

A Product I Must Have


WD 40 Ad from 1964


Copy that wouldn't fly today includes: “Makes screwing a pleasure,” and “Gives better penetration.”

As Long as We’re Using Double Entendres … If Brand Slogans Were Put on Condoms






Vent Nina Conti Uses Prince Harry as Dummy

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Ventriloquist Nina Conti Uses Prince Harry as a Dummy at Queen’s 90th Birthday Party




Our friend Nina Conti used Prince Harry as her puppet at the Queen of England’s 90th birthday party.




Harry joined Nina on stage for a short cabaret during the after-dinner entertainment at the celebration at Windsor Castle. The black tie dinner for around 70 close family and friends was hosted by Prince Charles.

A source said that Harry must have been practicing because his actions were in time with Conti’s words … although that may have been attributed more to her skill than his.


Kudos to Nina who is probably the most original and creative vents working today. 


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Must have been a tough divorce.


Chip Shot: Surround yourself with people who have issues. Because people with issues always have beer.


Turns Out That We’re All Actors …



This humorous ad demonstrates that we live in a world full of actors. The copy writing is pretty clever describing men who pretend to know about wine, football players who simulates fouls, and women who pretend to have orgasms.

For that world full of actors, there comes a movie channel filled with the best of them.

The Sacrifices Mom’s Make Are Both Hilarious and Poignant


"Moms" this funny ad begins "they sacrifice so much for their kids..." and then we see some hilarious truths about sleep, time, personal space and personal needs. Very funny.

Then we get to the Mother's day gift … and the ad wants you, dear Mom, to give up that mother’s day gift you didn't want any way to give other mothers a helping hand.

Another good example of how to use humor to address serious subjects.

Questionable Marketing



Vintage Ad







One Tough Mother ... for Mother's Day

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Chip Shot: I told my girlfriend that she drew her eyebrows on too high. She seemed surprised.


One Tough Mother … for Mother’s Day

Motherhood isn't always hearts and roses. But Mother’s Day can be.

In 1970 Vince Lombardi, legendary football player, coach and executive, gave a speech about "What It Takes to be Number One". That speech is the backdrop in this Teleflora ad to the one million and one things mothers do for their children.


If Balls Could Talk ...

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Enough already! 


Chip Shot: It’s not about winning; it’s about watching others lose.


Save The Food: Strawberry



This video tells the story of the life and times of a strawberry. How much time and costs and energy it takes to get them from field to grocery store to your refrigerator … where all they do is sit there and rot.

It’s good to remind people that they’re not just wasting food, they’re also wasting labor, fossil fuels, plastic/containers, electricity, equipment and much more that goes into growing and getting the fruit from field to table.

A Real “Testi-Monial


If balls could talk ... At testi-monials.co.za you will meet the balls that have the balls to talk about cancer.

Seriously, click the link above and watch the opening rant of a single ball who uses several fun slang terms about hairy space hoppers.  It’s quite funny … but a serious topic.

This Headline Wouldn't Cut it Today 


Vintage Ads


The RelaxAcizor (whatever it was), was banned in 1970. The first version was for women.


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