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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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Chip Shot: If there was an award for the most pessimistic, I probably wouldn’t even be nominated.


Is Man … Kind?



Here’s a really funny parody of Airbnb’s existential-crisis ad with the waddling baby.  A grown man replaces the infant in this clip. If you aren’t familiar with the original ad, this ad will make no sense … but it’s still funny. Kudos to the writers.

Entertaining Attorney Ad

Danny Trejo raises the bar for personal injury lawyer ads with this memorable 30 second spot on behalf of California firm Bergener Mirejovsky.

The 30-second, black-and-white spot is fun but also pretty low-key.

Target’s “Trophy” Shirt Offends the Perpetually Offended

Target often carries irreverent articles of clothing in the young fashion department. But now, Target is in trouble with the perpetually offended because of a selection of shirts. One reads "Trophy", another simply "Bride", "Mrs." and then there's "This is my backstage pass". So far 12,500 people have signed the Change.org petition.

Obviously none of the petition signers will buy these shirts, but I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to, if I think they’re funny.

Target had the following, appropriate response: “It is never our intention to offend anyone and we always appreciate receiving feedback from our guests. The shirt you’re describing is part of a collection of engagement and wedding shirts that are available in our women’s and plus size departments. The collection also included shirts that say 'Team Bride,' 'Mrs.' and 'Bride.' These shirts are intended as a fun wink and we have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our guests."

Vintage Ad


I can’t believe this company ever went out of business!

Ventriloquists’ ConVENTion Photo

Aaron Williams, Mark Wade, Dale Brown and friends.





Ventriloquist Aaron Williams at Vent Convention

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Chip Shot: Did you ever stop to think that it is noses that run and feet that smell?


Get Your Asterisk Removed



This funny IWireless ad puts an end to “asterisk.”

Here’s another one.

Honest Wisconsin Advertising


Vintage Ads

During WWII loose women were as dangerous as the enemy … I guess.


Apparently you were supposed to celebrate Father’s Day by purchasing embarrassing swim suits for him.

Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams and Dale Brown

One of the highlights of this year’s Ventriloquist ConVENTion was the opportunity to meet Aaron Williams and watch him perform. I think Aaron is in his 80’s now, and he has not lost any of his proficiency as a skilled ventriloquist and hilarious performer. His act absolutely killed on the Saturday Night All-Star Show.

Click here to see a clip of Aaron on the Mike Douglas show. Go to the 9:30 mark to see some of his great distance voice technique.





Where "Hooker" Came From

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Chip Shot: Stalking is when two people go for a long romantic walk, but only one of them knows about it.

Where the Word “Hooker” Came From

During the American Civil War, prostitution was common. The conveniently named ‘General Hooker’ ensured that his troops were always satisfied wherever they would go, by towing along a sizeable group of ladies. With such a reputation General Hooker left a long legacy, in that his name is now used as slang for ‘prostitute’.

Nothing Good Will Come from This


Pornhub is getting into product innovation with a new app-powered, virtual-reality sex toy. It's called the TwerkingButt™. Created with adult novelty manufacturer Topco Sales, it features "multiple twerking patterns, customizable rhythms, massage speeds, sensual vibrations and simulated body heat, which can all be custom controlled with the included remote or via your smartphone/tablet (Android or iOS)."

Vintage Ad

“We all perspire 2 or 3 pints a day …” according to this embarrassing ad aimed only at women.


Unique Marketing Ideas

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Texting in the 1950’s


Chip Shot: Saying you handle transactions for a multi-billion dollar company is way better than saying you’re a cashier at McDonald’s.


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Terry Fator



For those of you who haven’t yet seen Terry Fator, here’s a clip of his character Emma Taylor singing At Last by Etta James and Winston the impersonating turtle singing Roy Orbinson’s Crying.



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