Ad Nauseum

Usually I am a big fan of double entendre/risque humor, especially when it is either so blatant that you couldn’t possibly miss it or so subtle that could almost miss it. I do love a good commercial which relies on this type of humor to sell its wares. Sometimes I enjoy commercials almost as much as I enjoy whatever show it is that I’m watching.

But I just cannot for the life of me figure this one out. I mean, I get it, but just how, exactly, did the marketing team expect I might feel after watching it? Were they trying for humor? Was I supposed to think this was witty? If so, then why the trying-too-hard-to-be-sophisticated-but-failing-miserably music?

Even this version, which clearly was a campy attempt at humor, leaves me feeling only disturbed. Because really – when has bushwhacking of any sort been that damned fun? Instead of flossy read-between-the-lines lameness, I think a product like this is better served by direct and factual information.

Something like this one, for example – a 20+ year old classic, which I laughed at several times a day when I spent summers with my great-grandmother in Chicago:

Much more effective. I also find it morbidly haha that the cow and pig dance so cheerfully while people buy beef and pork,

Do share: new or old, what are some of your favorite funny commercials. Bonus points if you find it on YouTube and leave a link in the comments. I’ll need entertainment tomorrow in between being knocked out on post-wisdom teeth removal pain meds.


  1. Quiet Dreams on July 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Tulips on the mound, huh?
    Here’s mine, though this may be the wrong audience for it:

    This is one from my childhood, though it didn’t say “Detroit Zoo” where I watched it:

  2. Chanel on July 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    All time favorite commercial

  3. Adrienne on July 11, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    all time favorite

  4. Dlene on July 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    This one makes me laugh EVERYTIME I see it.

  5. Former IM on July 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    OK…not really a funny commercial but there’s one for an anti-depressant with
    A little black cloud/balloon thing that I always feel bad for because no one wants him
    And he looks so sad.

  6. Alexicographer on July 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Wow. Those are weird. And like you, I can often appreciate weird (not this time).

    I’ve recently been getting a kick out of the ads in this series, further proof, I believe, that I am becoming an old fart: .

    Hope those teeth just slide right out.

  7. El Cinco's Gran-Gran on July 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

    You gotta admire the skill!

    Here’s one of my favorites:

    I only saw it once on TV.

    Here are some of the little ones’ interviews: