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Vintage Chauvinist Christmas Ads

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A Serious Ad for Serious Times


With a few exceptions, I generally avoid serious and/or political ads on this blog. But this ad was too compelling to ignore.

A Watch for Our Times


Here’s a short and funny ad for the Moto 360. It’s one of those watches that’s also … well, you’ll see. This is one in a series of ads for the product and they’re all pretty good and they all seem to target a different market segment. This one was targeted at a group I’m familiar with.

Here’s another one, if you’re interested.

Nobody Likes a Jerkoff

Here’s a funny “Driving Tips” PSA from South Dakota that’s not supposed to be funny, but is … and had to be pulled because of the “jerk off” reference. Hard to believe no one caught the problem … then again, it is a government-funded program.

South Dakota officials decided to yank the "Don't Jerk and Drive" safety campaign after a powerful legislator and some members of the public complained about the sexual innuendo in the phrase.

Vintage Ads Show What to Buy Your Wife for Christmas







Vintage Sexist Ads

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These Vintage Ads Wouldn't Fly Today

I have no idea what a lady's booty has to do with selling Rough Country Shocks ... Oh! Right. Sex sells anything.


Yes, the SEGA ad above is real. In fact it's from a series of ads that use  sexual Innuendo to grab attention.

PETA Pulls Ad

It's not often that PETA pulls an ad, but the one above was over even PETA's line of bad taste. 




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"Silence Your Scorecard" is a Funny Ad for the PGA

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Vintage December 1952 Calendar




Nice puppet. “She makes you dance to every whim; at Christmas time things get worse. You’ll find one string tied to your heart, another tied to your purse.”


Knowing that “Pin Up” girls were usually drawn from real photos, like the ones below, it would be fun to see the photo used for the calendar drawing.






Silence Your Scorecard is a Funny Ad for the PGA



Here’s a pretty funny commercial from the PGA demonstrating how obnoxious a scorecard can be.

Comfyballs Gets Nixed by U.S. Government for Being Too Vulgar

The regrettably named Norwegian underwear brand Comfyballs was all set to make its big debut in the U.S. this year when it was shut down by the country's patent and trademark office. A trademark on Comfyballs, USPTO argued, was just too vulgar for Americans to accept.

The Independent reports on the tribulations of the company, which was already comforting balls across Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and the U.K. when its trademark application was denied.

No Fuss …


I thought the bus ad above for “Just Cremation” was a little questionable until I saw the print ad below for the same organization.



First Review of Jeff Dunham’s Las Vegas Show

From Show Stopper, by Steve Bornfeld

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham Is the King of Jokers



Finally, Achmed the Dead Terrorist has a Vegas residency. Graciously, he’s invited Jeff Dunham along.


Wait … Dunham’s the headliner?


That’s the artistry of a ventriloquist who creates puppets that seem like they can stand (and in one case, run) on their own without a hand up their splinter-y asses. That makes Not Playing With a Full Deck, Dunham’s new Planet Hollywood show, a master class of sometimes profane, often scabrously funny dummy shtick that middle-fingers political correctness with both digits. With due respect to talented Terry Fator, it’s hard to imagine another ventriloquist turning this retro, mostly marginalized comic form into something more hip and flip.


Opening the production is a taped takeoff on TV’s 24 starring Dunham and his cast of knee jockeys: cranky old Walter; purple-faced Peanut; mini-doppelgänger Little Jeff; and Achmed.


Spoofing—with a slight squirm factor—the notion of a terrorist plot against Vegas, it casts Walter as the president, and Achmed, losing his thirst to “keeeel you” when handed an escort-for-hire flier and ogling the poolside parade of female pulchritude. (“The burqas here in Las Vegas are very short.”) Then Dunham warms up his own show with a standup routine built around a funny slide show of his upbringing, family and nerdy passion for voicing puppets.


Once the puppets—or, as Little Jeff says, “Wooden Americans”—arrive, Dunham is a runaway comedy train barreling through jokes that hit the expected topics (marriage, relationships, social media) but also needle President Obama, gays, Mexicans, blacks, Jews, Arabs—even hotel co-headliner Britney Spears, to whom he compares himself by quipping: “In both shows, the lip-synching will be slightly off.”


When introducing smart-ass Little Jeff, Dunham yanks off its head and exposes its hollow back to demonstrate how it’s operated. Yes, it’s a puppet, but seeing its guts can take us out of the mood—and in fact, after it’s reassembled, the audience is slower to rev back up to full-laugh speed. Yet, in a display of his deftness at character creation, Dunham animates L.J. with snippy, hilarious sarcasm, and the laughs immediately bounce back long and loud. Then, in a fabulous sight gag, Dunham chases Little Jeff across the stage and tackles it.


In fact, poking fun at his craft—and our willingness to accept the absurdity of a grown man making dolls talk—is a running thread, as when he jokes about the strain of the show: “I have to talk through at least half the show.” Or, when Big Jeff feigns a hitch in his throat, Little Jeff says: “E-nun-ciate, ***.”


Though one segment that briefly incorporates his puppet on a stick, Jose Jalapeño, is fairly weak, the show ends on an Achmed high as the angry/cuddly little terrorist and Dunham answer written audience questions. Whether they’re planned or ad-libbed is secondary. Primary is the laugh:


Question: “If someone touches or smells your hair, is it sexual harassment?”


Achmed: “No. Unless it’s a midget.”


To use a comic’s slang for rockin’ the house: Dunham kills. Achmed keeeels.





Best Bad Commercial of the Season

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Fruit of the Loom Says You Shouldn’t Give Underwear to Everybody

This funny commercial from Fruit of the Loom says that there are some people you shouldn’t give underwear to this holiday season.

Best Bad Holiday Commercial of the Season

I have no idea how this commercial is supposed to sell Oral B products … but it’s funny as (bleep) because most of us can relate to it.

Save the Wildlife Ads May Go a Bit Too Far??

Nothing says the “holidays” like decapitated animals. The cutline for these Sanctuary ads says “When the woods go, the wildlife goes.” Gotta admit, the ads get your attention.

It’s Even Better When It’s Free … Freeview’s Left Behinds

In Freeview's new UK TV ad, after a jumble sale, all the unsold items come to life. The performance is witnessed by a gobsmacked man, and demonstrates the campaign’s theme: Entertainment. It's even better when it's free.

With 95% of the nation’s favorite TV programs available on Freeview, the ad encourages consumers to question whether they need to pay for TV when they can get great quality and a wide variety of content subscription-free.”


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