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June 23rd, 2001

Actually Funny Commercials

Truthfully, there really aren’t that many ads being generated that are laugh out loud funny any more. Even during the Superbowl, the best commercials are only good for a hearty chuckle the first time around. Then they become annoying.

But I definitely have a favorite series of commericals that has me rolling everytime they come on. Perhaps you’ve seen them (or perhaps you haven’t, as they’re not driven into the ground like other ads), for Lipton‘s Sizzle and Stir dinners (warning: previous link goes to Lipton’s painfully bad corporate site—it’s almost as bad as their tea).

These ads are based around the idea that you can bring anybody to dinner with this product, even the most dysfunctional family. However, the family in the first two ads of this series are beyond what you could imagine.

In the first ad, the family was made up of Chuck Woolery, Sally Jesse Raphael, Little Richard and Pat Morita, with Morita and Little Richard arguing like little brothers about who had to set the table. The second ad features the husband and wife team of Mr. T and Loni Anderson trying to feed their kids Mary Lou Retton and George Hamilton. Mary Lou (in her training gear) fields a phone call and yells out, “George! It’s a girrrrrl.” Hamilton mumbles into the phone and hangs up. “She’s not my girlfriend,” he says, and stomps away. Friggin’ genius.

This guy liked the first ad (but not the Lipton ad with Pat Morita and Bruce Lee). Kate dug the second one. This discussion of the second ad went downhill even quicker than our “Jackass” Ping. And we can thank Neale-May for this great marketing gimmick.

I hope they continue this series of bizarre families at dinner time. I can think of some great combinations I’d love to see (mother: Nancy McKeon, father: Tony Danza, daughter: Dr. Ruth, brother: Maury Povich). Do you creative Pingers have any ideas to pass along to Lipton for future ads? -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday June 23, 2001 -- 1:36:07PM
These ideas sound like they were conceived by Scotty 2 Hotty (the real one, not the WWF's).

FROM: Elizabeth
DATE: Saturday June 23, 2001 -- 11:16:57PM
Maybe this doesn't count because a commercial for a comedy movie is bound to contain some comedy. But I totally liked the commercial for the movie "Rushmore".. the one featuring the lines "These are O.R. scrubs." "Oh, are they?"

It made me laugh *every *time! I never got sick of it!

DATE: Friday December 14, 2001 -- 4:22:24PM're a moron!

FROM: Kyle Skaggs
DATE: Monday November 24, 2003 -- 1:35:16 pm
Ok,with a risk of being made fun of....My idea is this,the set consists of football players(or any kind of team sport)and a time out is called.The waterboys come out and setup a table with chairs,and a butler comes out (with waiters)they setup a tea setting on the table.One of the players is geting ripped by the coach for not being a team player,he sits down looks at the other players sitting,and says(in a very angry voice) "THERE MAY NOT BE AN I OR WE IN TEAM!!!(He takes a sip,)and in a calm voice he says,But tea is in team,and it helps calm me down,(then he winks at the camera-in the back ground). A whistle blows for delay of game.-----------------------well there it is, Thanks Kyle

FROM: jim the I Hear Ya Man
DATE: Tuesday December 2, 2003 -- 10:24:06 am

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 3:26:20 pm

FROM: Brendan
DATE: Thursday December 15, 2005 -- 11:43:31 am
haha, thanks im doing a project in school, ill do that football thing

FROM: Brendan
DATE: Thursday December 15, 2005 -- 11:43:32 am
haha, thanks im doing a project in school, ill do that football thing

FROM: timmy beans
DATE: Monday March 6, 2006 -- 12:33:02 pm
i gouin g to make a thing were i shoot a nate in the head and say no more goverment paychecks VOTE MACMILLAN

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