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Old 07-14-2018, 05:34 PM
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Ed McMahon hawking Publishers Clearing House HIII - YOOOO, and some life insurance.
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nitpick Ed McMahon never worked for Publisher's Clearinghouse. He worked for a competitor American Family Publishers which tried to compete with the established PCH but went out of business in the 1990s. PCH never bothered to correct it, figuring it was good to have a well established public figure associated with a well established firm, even, helped by not very bright people like Rahm Emanuel perpetuating the myth

https://forbes.com/sites/larissa.../#4d61a6a31b70
Not withstanding, one of the funniest lines I ever heard on TV was on Married, With Children when Al Bundy comes home from work is going through the mail. He holds up an envelope and says, "Oh look! This one says I may already owe Ed McMahon $10,000,000."
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Old 07-14-2018, 06:45 PM
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One of my most ethanol-affectionate acquaintances will however just not go for THIS branding exercise.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:11 PM
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Steven Seagal advertising the video game World of Warships in full Admiral uniform.

I get it, you were in the Navy in one of your films, but you were a Navy SEAL turned Cook. Then he became a character in the game, also as an Admiral.
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Old 07-14-2018, 08:11 PM
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I recall Sally Struthers being mocked for doing some sort of humanitarian aid infomercial.

When Bill Cosby was selling Jello pudding pops back in the day I don't recall thinking anything was wrong with it, but I saw one of those old commercials not long ago and thanks to recent events found my perceptions have changed considerably.
What did you think of his 2005 ad for Viagra: "After she's taken her medication, you take yours!"




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Old 07-14-2018, 10:42 PM
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I remember when the Rolling Stones were sliced and diced in the early 1980s for having a tour sponsor, which IIRC was a perfume company. Other artists jumped on similar bandwagons, with mixed results.
I remember that, it was Jovan! They rather pointedly did not endorse the product. They did shill for Rice Krispies earlier in their career, though.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:56 PM
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I understand Ted Nugent did a commercial for Vernor's Ginger Ale back in the 1980's (I've never actually seen it). In fairness, though, this was years before the general public learned about Terrible Ted's psychotic tendencies, so the good folks at Vernor's should get a pass for that one.
This is worth watching just for the mullet.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=W1l1t1gtmGY
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Old 07-15-2018, 08:56 AM
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The cardboard cutouts of MC Hammer in his full sparkly outfit and baggy pants, declaring "Stop Hammer time" while hawking the 3M Command Strips at Staples, always gets a giggle out of me.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:13 PM
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Snoop Dogg is selling boner pills.
Likewise Jimmy Johnson of NFL fame.
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Old 07-16-2018, 07:42 AM
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Remember when Orson Welles did those Paul Masson commercials back in the early 80's. In his case he was trying to raise money for other projects and the commercials were a means to an end. And the end product for him was all about the Art. I don't think we can hold that against him.
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When you say he's "not some master thespian," do you mean to imply that he's a one-hit wonder or a hack? Winkler is a well-respected journeyman comic actor who has done a lot of roles over the years, including live stage appearances.
Not at all. If he were a hack there wouldn't be any distance for him to fall. Just that he's not a Dustin Hoffman.
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Old 07-16-2018, 03:56 PM
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Remember when Orson Welles did those Paul Masson commercials back in the early 80's. In his case he was trying to raise money for other projects and the commercials were a means to an end. And the end product for him was all about the Art. I don't think we can hold that against him.
Not at all. If he were a hack there wouldn't be any distance for him to fall. Just that he's not a Dustin Hoffman.
Welles might not have had to stoop that low (and appear in so many bad big budget movies) if he had treated people better and wasn't so wasteful earlier in his film career. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball tried to help him in the 50s. Ultimately it came out fine but far over budget and Ball would always refer to the 5 years Welles lived with us (which was an exaggeration but that was her humor in real life)
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:19 PM
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Steven Seagal advertising the video game World of Warships in full Admiral uniform.

I get it, you were in the Navy in one of your films, but you were a Navy SEAL turned Cook. Then he became a character in the game, also as an Admiral.
He got a battlefield promotion.
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:20 PM
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Speaking of "remember when," remember when Bob Dole did a commercial for Viagra?

And then he did a commercial for Pepsi.*

And then he showed up in a Pepsi commercial starring Britney Spears!

*Wait, is that Eric Stonestreet as the clerk?
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Old 07-16-2018, 04:25 PM
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Speaking of "remember when," remember when Bob Dole did a commercial for Viagra?

And then he did a commercial for Pepsi.*

And then he showed up in a Pepsi commercial starring Britney Spears!
Geraldine Ferraro set the bar in the '80s:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=pOw0DvqzLS0
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Old 07-16-2018, 05:50 PM
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Speaking of "remember when," remember when Bob Dole did a commercial for Viagra?

And then he did a commercial for Pepsi.*

And then he showed up in a Pepsi commercial starring Britney Spears!

*Wait, is that Eric Stonestreet as the clerk?
I definitely remember the Dole/Viagra commercials. The drug had just come out, and he used it because he'd experienced impotence after being treated for prostate cancer. Elizabeth even said that she was happy about it. However, at the time I worked with a woman who was a bit of a fundie Christian who wasn't happy about him using the word "partners." I replied, "You'd be surprised at how much hanky-panky goes on in some of those old age homes."

Incredibly, he made a public appearance recently. He's something like 95 years old.

And of course Jay Leno parodied the heck out of that commercial, and others too. Remember the Levitra commercial where a guy threw a football through a tire swing? It was out at the same time as Passover, and some Jews wondered if they could take ED meds during Passover because they weren't extra-kosher; I know there's an official term for it but I'm not Jewish. Anyway, the Leno parody featured a rabbi throwing a matzoh ball through a tire swing.

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Old 07-16-2018, 05:53 PM
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Geraldine Ferraro set the bar in the '80s:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=pOw0DvqzLS0
That commercial isn't as bad as an old John Stamos commercial for some kind of chemical hair remover where he compared its effectiveness by rubbing girls' shins.
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