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Awkward Humor in Advertising

Post by AgentGreen » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:26 pm

In the last few months, we've had The "Berries and Creme dance" commercial, the "Old stereotypically asian guy saing 'You hungry for HOT POCKET' and ringing a gong" commericals, and now we have a guy trying to treat acne with a badger while his friend uses Oxy pads...

Why has this stupid humor caught on so well? I liked it when it was just the "Berries and Creme dance" and that was basically the only surrealistically awkward commercial on the air. Now it's everywhere. Since when did things have to be awkward to be funny? Why not something that's just satirically funny? Or just surreal and cartoony without being awkward?
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Post by Ex-Cyber » Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:08 pm

I think/hope that it's just the bandwagon effect, and we'll get something different once advertisers realize that the novelty has worn off.
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Post by S. Thompson » Fri Jul 13, 2007 2:49 pm

As far as the hot pockets guy - it'd be a little silly to have a non-Asian guy speaking broken English and ringing a gong. Come on now, man.

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Re: Awkward Humor in Advertising

Post by CupNoodle » Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:02 pm

You're just now noticing this trend? It started after OMG LOL AQUATEEN HUNGER FORCE ADULTS SWIM IS DA BOMB LOL.
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Re: Awkward Humor in Advertising

Post by SadisticSaviorX » Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:00 am

CupNoodle wrote:OMG LOL AQUATEEN HUNGER FORCE ADULTS SWIM IS DA BOMB LOL.
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Re: Awkward Humor in Advertising

Post by 404NotFound » Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:18 pm

Yeah, it's pretty easily dubbed "Adult Swim advertising," in my opinion.

All seemed to start with the [adult swim] style bumps. Heck, I remember for awhile they were running commercials on adultswim that perfectly emulated the bumps, except they were ads. That's why for awhile [as] was putting their symbol in corner of the screen during bumps.
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Post by S. Thompson » Sat Jul 14, 2007 12:31 pm

Skittles ads are probably the worst.

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Post by az_bont » Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:46 pm

S. Thompson wrote:Skittles ads are probably the worst.
I always quite liked this one:



But the kings of surreal adverts are probably Irn Bru. There's a few dozen of them on Youtube, and most of them have me in fits, especially this one (which I think was eventually pulled after a couple of people complained):

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Post by Egotistical EvilN » Sat Jul 14, 2007 10:38 pm

I like this new style of advertising.
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Re: Awkward Humor in Advertising

Post by MulletMan13 » Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:32 pm

Some of it is good, some of it is completely ridiculous.

The Sierra Mist beard combover one was great, as are the Snickers commercials.
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Post by curt_grymala » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:10 pm

I liked the new Raisin Bran Crunch commercial the first few times I saw it. I'm talking about the one where the guy talks about the dream he had where there were no raisins. Then, at the end of the commercial, the guy who looks a little like Horatio Sans says something about having a dream where he and Sunny (the Raisin Bran mascot) were out at a club dancing to techno.
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Post by DaMadFiddler » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:33 pm

404NotFound wrote:Yeah, it's pretty easily dubbed "Adult Swim advertising," in my opinion.

All seemed to start with the [adult swim] style bumps. Heck, I remember for awhile they were running commercials on adultswim that perfectly emulated the bumps, except they were ads. That's why for awhile [as] was putting their symbol in corner of the screen during bumps.
The weirdest thing they ever did--it caught me so off-guard that it took me a full ten minutes to realize what was going on--was when they started running Christmas promotionals in March.
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