Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Most Annoying Commercials on Television

At school, I don't watch a lot of television because I don't have cable, but since being at home over winter break, I have been able to catch up on a lot of shows - and commercials. Now, with billions and billions of dollars being spent on marketing, one would think that commercials today would be at least somewhat entertaining. Not so. Nothing makes me want to poke skewer sticks through my eyes and ears than some commercials I have seen recently. Let's start with number one: that Kia commerical in which they sing "So Long, Farewell" from the Sound of Music. The most annoying aspects of the commercial are 1) the black salesman's obviously lack of enthusiasm in his singing and acting, and 2) the over-enthusiasm of the white blonde saleswoman when she is bidding adieu to the customers. What is even more annoying about the second aspect is the fact that she bids adieu three times to only two cars. The only redeeming quality of the commercial is the guy who is reading a pamphlet, looks up at the idiots singing, deems them all morons, and goes back to reading the pamphlet. I see this commercial at least twice a day, and I do not watch that much television even at home, so it is ridiculously annoying.

Of course this Kia commercial is not the only annoying commercial by any means. Some stick out in my mind, the first being any Bob's Discount Furniture commercial. First it was Bob and his jittery wife, now it is any old schlub who is willing to sit on some shitty couch with him and ramble on and on about nothing of any significance. Some of the salespeople he showcases on his commercials look so bad I wouldn't buy anything from them, nevermind something like a bed or a sofa. Another commercial I hate is a throwback, but it is so annoying that it remains in my head. The Bernie and Phyl's commercials made me want to throw the TV out the window. It isn't the low budget-ness of the commercials that pissed me off because you don't need a huge budget to make a great commercial (see: Emerald Nuts), but the shrill voice of Phyl and Bernie's annoying, monotone enunciating combine to ruin their poorly-acted, crappy-jingled ad spots. I'm sure there are numerous more out there, but I can't think about any right now. Peace.


  1. What about my favortie commercial about the buying alcohol in mini-marts?

  2. it's not mini marts, it's mini mahhhhts

  3. head on...apply directly to the forehead!