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March 2014 - Posts

Last E*Trade Baby Commercial


Casual Friday for Penguins

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
I post every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

E*Trade Baby Quits

 

 

 

After six years the E*Trade baby is finally moving on with his life.

Last week the online brokerage began airing what is said to be the last ad featuring the longtime spokeschild. The spot shows the baby being subjected to a new sidekick. In true 2014 Internet style, it's a zany cat. I’m a little sorry to see the kid go.

Double Entendre Marketing for “Inside Amy Schumer”

 

“That Really Hit the Spot,” says Amy Schumer about “Finger Blasters.” I’ll let you figure out where the “spot” is.

Comedy Central and the folks at Inside Amy Schumer announced they’re offering a treat to youths celebrating Spring Break in Daytona Beach, FL. It appears spring breakers can enjoy some chicken fingers with sauce contained in “special vessels.” (Note the shape of the opening on the sauce containers.) All of this is to remind people that the second season of Inside Amy Schumer premieres April 1 on Comedy Central.

Vintage Ads

 

I don’t know what company “Gulf” morphed into, but I remember this ad … probably because of the Corvette.

 

Speaking of Corvettes, this vintage ad suggests that you “… imagine what owning a Corvette would be like … you’re close, but it’s better than that!” I can attest that it’s still true today.

 

 Never heard of Tangee … maybe because the product’s ads were so sexist?

 

Speaking of “sexist” … above is one of the all time winners of sexist ads.

 

“You need lime juice in the home this Christmas.”  Apparently in the 50’s mom needed to get tipsy to face the holidays.

 

More proof that in the 50’s women needed alcohol to cope. Buckfast Tonic Wine.

 


Why You Should Get Your Kids Vaccinated (NSFW)

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
I post every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Penn and Teller Explain Why You Should Get Your Kids Vaccinated

Here’s a highly NSFW PSA featuring Penn and Teller promoting the benefits of vaccinations for children. Effective … but not really practical because of language.

Summer’s Eve for Her V

 

 

Here’s a humorous commercial for Summer’s Eve Soap.

 


It's Funny Even if You Don't Know What They're Selling

 

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
I post every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

 

It’s Funny Even if You Don’t Know What They’re Saying

 

 

 

I wish I could translate the copy for this insurance commercial for Centraal Beheer Insurance, Germany. But the visual and the circumstances make it funny non-the-less.

Change Your Life With Bacon

 


This ad is for Maple Leaf Foods and it shows one Mother's story of how bacon has changed her life with bacon. It's time to tell the world about its incredible power.

 

You Can’t Hide Fat

 

 

 

These ads for a fitness club demonstrate that “Fat Can’t Hide.”

 

 

 

International Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion

 

 

 

This year's ConVENTion theme is Comedy Writing for Success and the schedule provides lots of opportunity to work on your funny skills. Executive Director Mark Wade will be presenting "Kidshow Comedy Writing" on Friday morning. Dale Brown will give a workshop on "Writing Comedy for Vent Characters" on Friday afternoon. Tom Ladshaw will present "6 Sure Fire Ways to Add Punch to Your Comedy" on Thursday morning. Annie Roberts will just be laughing. Oh yeah, on Friday, a guy named Jeff Dunham will also be doing a writing workshop.

 

 

 


Aids PSA (NSFW)

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
I post every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Poor Penis … Aids Commercial

 

I featured this unusual and funny ad (NSFW) about two years ago, but for some reason it’s making the rounds again, so here it is again.

 


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