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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
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February 2019 - Posts

Vodka from a Villiage with a Sense of Humor

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer.
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Chip Shot: My girlfriend and I were watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire and I turned to her and said, “Do you want to have sex?” She answered, “No.” I then said, “Is that your final answer?” She said “Yes.” So I said, “Then I’d like to phone a friend” That’s when the fight started.


Vodka from a Village with a Sense of Humor



Koskenkorva doesn't have a bustling city with hip hop stars or big buildings or fancy cars. Nope, it's just a small village of Finns who make Koskenkorva Vodka in the town the booze is named after. And that’s why this ad is funny.

Did They Think They Won’t Get Caught?


Mately is a company that makes at-home HIV/STD testing kits, and they decided to get a little creative so they used the roommates and best friend puppets Bert & Ernie in a social media ad joking about the ease of use of their testing kits. Only one problem, the Mately company forgot to ask Sesame Street for permission to use Bert & Ernie's likenesses.

Mately wised up quickly, they have removed all of the Bert and Ernie images from their site and social media controlled by them, and they have made a statement that there was no intent to "tarnish the Sesame Street brand."

KFC Introduces Finger Lickin’ Good Nail Polish


KFC is just now announcing that it has made two edible nail polishes that bring the classic tagline, "Finger Lickin' Good," grossly to life. Ogilvy & Mather worked with food technologists at McCormick, the spice company that provides KFC's secret mix of 11 secret herbs and spices, to crate the nail polishes for KFC Hong Kong.

Glove and Boots … A Space Odyssey


Glove and Boots sing with astronaut Chris Hadfield.




Brazilian Neve Wipes Ad is LOL Funny

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Chip Shot: Spilling a beer is the adult version of losing a balloon.


Brazilian Neve Wipes Ad Will Make You Laugh



If you don't laugh at this, you need to get a sense of humor. This Brazilian ad for Neve Wipes uses really funny metaphors for cleaning yourself up in the bathroom.

Practice Makes Perfect … Feel the Burn

Feel the burn … and the embarrassment in this ad for Irn Bru.

Clever Marketing or Marketing Miscues?






Glove and Boots Explain the 5 Stages of Relationships


Pretty funny clip from Glove and Boots. I take that back ... it's really funny.









Hilarious "Embarrassing Dad Talks" Ad

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


Hilarious “Embarrassing Dad Talks” Ad



From Canada comes this hilarious ad that encourages young drivers to get a Toyota so they can “Skip Embarrassing Dad” talks. Here’s another one from the series.

Star Studded Cast Joins Pinocchio in “Got No Strings”

See how many big name stars you can spot in this Beats by Dre Commercial. Here’s the list: Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, Karlie Kloss, Travis Scott, Amber Rose, Rebel Wilson, Ben Simmons, Pharrell, Steve Buscemi, William Chen, Young M.A, Sayo, Juno Temple, Michael Phelps, Karen Civil, Liza Koshy, Al Rocco, Miyavi, PartyNextDoor, and of course Pinocchio.

Vintage Ad


I only included this ad because Dale and I opened for Bobby Vinton at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI, many years ago. Very nice guy.

The Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI

When we exited via the backstage door there were about 100 white-haired women waiting to see the Polish Prince. When they saw Dale they said, “Oh, that’s the guy with Chip.” True story. (They always remember the Mannequin American’s name … but not the vent’s.)

Clever Business Names











TMI on Cottonelle Package

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Chip Shot: Signs that say “No Alcohol Beyond this Point” may as well say, “Bet you can’t chug that whole beer.”


Cottonelle Package Provides Too Much Information




Vintage Ad




Who is This Ad Aimed At?




This is a guess, but I think most lipstick is purchased by women. So I'm not sure who this Yves Saint Laurent ad is aimed at. All I know is that I feel like going out and buying some lipstick.





These neighbors must hate one another.



I got nothin??














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