Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Random Thoughts About Commercials

Granted we've seen Meat Loaf (the singer/actor, not the entree) in some strange roles, but isn't it disconcerting to see him playing the suburban dad in those Go Phone commercials? To add to the disconcertability factor, they're using a song about premarital sex to hawk said Go Phones. I wonder if that's his real wife and kids.

But surely Lauren Wallace is not really related to Kenny Wallace, the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. The kid in the Geico commercials is just too good. He has to be an actor. Yeah, just as I thought, but those commercials are hilarious -- much better than the cavemen or the "celebrities" that no one under the age of 40 knows (except Joan Rivers, who refuses to go away).

If you don't watch NASCAR, you're missing some of the funniest commercials on TV. The NAPA commercials with Michael Waltrip are the best, making light of some hard times the driver has had. There's the guy who customizes his die-cast cars (which makes light of this fire and this scary wreck), the guy with the parrot, and the fan letters. And some of the Denny Hamlin FedEx commercials are pretty funny too.

At the other extreme are those really obnoxious commercials, like the ones for HeadOn, but Sunday's Doonesbury took those on. Gary Trudeau is on vacation, so it's an old strip, but still hits the nail on the head.

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