A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
Learn How to Talk to Yourself
There are a handful of good programs available today that aspiring talents can use to learn ventriloquism. And trust me, if the guy who stands beside me can learn to do it, anyone can learn to do it.
There are many books on the subject ... some written by famous vents like Paul Winchell. Probably the most famous audio course was produced by Jimmy Nelson in the 50's.
Now Jeff Dunham has updated Jimmy Nelson's course and put his own spin on things. The result is both instructive and entertaining. I know, because I watched it last night.
Jeff and his posse of Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, Walter and Little Jeff, present an easy-to-follow course that both kids and adults will enjoy and learn from. Trust me; if you follow the instructions and practice, you too can stay home on weekends talking to yourself. And the best part is that Jeff has included some really funny scripts in the back of the instructional booklet.
Right now, Jeff's course is only available when you purchase your own "Little Jeff." You'll find the booklet and DVD neatly packed with the puppet. If you've ever wanted to learn ventriloquism, now is your chance. Click on over to Gottle o' Geer Productions and place your order. With shipping and handling I think the price is around $142. Trust me; that's cheap for a Mannequin American of this quality AND a first class course on how to use the puppet. (Especially when you consider professional figures like me run into the thousands of dollars.)
Lucky for Life
California's "Lucky for Life" lottery recently introduced this new commercial that features two Mannequin Americans. It's sort of a strange commercial ... but at least a couple of my cousins got work. (As usual, the commercial doesn't use real ventriloquists. Just real puppets.)
The Chubby Checker
Warning: once you've read what I'm about to write, you'll never be able to think of legendary singer Chubby Checker the same way. The man behind "The Twist" is suing the makers of an app that measures a man's endowment, anatomy-wise, because well, he doesn't want to be associated with that particular piece of equipment.
The lawsuit claims that Hewlett-Packard and Palm Inc. maintain the Palm APP Catalog, a web-based store that sells apps for Palm smartphones. "The Chubby Checker," according to the lawsuit, has been offered since Oct. 6, 2006.
The app claims to estimate the size of a man's member based on his shoe size. In case you're out of the loop on this one, "chubby" is slang for an erection. As such, the singer claims his name is trademarked for use in his entertainment dealings and shouldn't be used for the app's pun purposes.
South African Viagra Ad
I love subtle print ads thank make you stop and think for a second. This Viagra ad from South Africa fits right in to the category. The milkman readjusting his clothes says it all.
How Many People Can We Upset Today?
As long as we're on the subject, Playtex has a new product called "Fresh + Sexy" intimate wipes, designed for men and women to freshen up before and after sex. New ads for the product use suggestive wordplay. "A clean beaver always find more wood."
This one says, "A clean pecker always taps it."
There are two other ads: "A polished knob always gets more turns," showing a shiny doorknob, and "A clean peach always gets picked," showing a glistening peach.
Pretty juvenile is you ask me ... which no one did. But predictably some people are not pleased with the ads. Jezebel is upset and focused on the woman-shaming aspect of the ads.
But here's what the client and agency have to say. "This product was designed to address an important consumer need. Sex isn't always a planned event that can be prepared for. With Fresh + Sexy wipes, couples now have a way to be clean and ready for even the most spontaneous moments. They can be ready for intimacy whenever-and wherever-the mood strikes." -Erik Rahner, group marketing director at parent company Energizer Personal Care.
"We wanted to be fun and playful and bold all at the same time. And the campaign lets us be all those things. ... When you're clean where it counts, you're ready for anything." -Elaine McCormick, creative director at Grey New York.