Totally useless. Vulgar and not funny. Not a single commercial worth saving.
Totally useless. Vulgar and not funny. Not a single commercial worth
My comment applies not only to the 2009 version of this show, but to
all previous years as well.
This show is consistently vulgar and useless. The commercials featured
are almost never funny or otherwise worthwhile. It's odd that so many
of the spots are foreign, like British or French. That fails to
capitalize on a valuable double market where the viewers will not only
be entertained by great ads, but they might also be enticed to buy some
Bud Light. That can't happen when the products advertised are only
available in France. I love commercials and use my DVR to record and
edit down all sorts of commercials, all the time. However when I watch
this show I usually don't save not even a single commercial out of the
entire show. That's useless.
A much, much, much better show is "Firebrand." On a one hour show of
that I save almost every commercial. They are excellent and
outstanding, real works of art. This show was on the "Ion" channel but
unfortunately the show failed and is no longer aired and also the
"Firebrand.com" web site has gone offline. That's unfortunate but if
you like commercials it may be worth digging to find copies of this
show on youtube or whatever.
As for vulgar, the editors of "World's Funniest Commercials" are
partial to spots that feature sex, homosexuality, farting, or other
vulgar themes. A great and dramatic example of this partiality is the
"from your brother" spot. In this spot a man and woman are shown
undressed in bed at the end of a love making session. The man turns to
the woman and says "That was incredible! Where did you learn that?" She
says "From your brother." Now that might be slightly funny, I'll admit.
However, this spot was featured on the show at least two years in a
row, in 2006 and 2007. Not only that, but the punchline was used as a
teaser to advertise the show, and as such it was played over and over
and over and over, including repeatedly before and after commercial
breaks. Obviously the producers think this is a very very funny spot.
Thankfully in 2008 this spot was not featured.
In the 2009 show there is a spot of a squirrel chewing a breath mint
and then making an epic frosty fart that puts out a forest fire. It's
not funny, it's just juvenile, crude, vulgar, and stupid. To make
matters worse, after this spot we cut to a live action skit with host
Kevin Nealon and his "dad" wherein his dad farts in his face. Unless
this show is targeted at 6 year olds, this material is in patently poor
taste and is simply the lowest form of "humor" possible. I turned the
show off at this point and won't ever be tuning in again.
Another crude spot in the 2009 edition shows an empty condom wrapper
(see a pattern here?) floating through a cityscape. It passes within
sight of a young teenage couple who are inspired to begin making love.
It then passes within site of an elderly couple, who are inspired to
make love on the dining room table. At this point I said out loud to my
wife: "homosexual." The condom wrapper then floats within sight of an
attractive woman who is inspired to draw the curtains and instigate a
threesome. Finally the punchline is that it floats within sight of two
male policeman in their police car on the street, with an obvious
conclusion. Oh yeah, and the spot before this one is about Viagra.
Well if that's the type of material that you enjoy than fine, tune in,
but if the above sounds distasteful to you then don't bother with this
show, vulgarity is a pervasive theme. Vulgarity aside, the spots simply
Kevin Nealon as a host is also totally useless. In none of the shows is
his hosting even remotely funny. It's the most boring, trite material
you've ever seen. In the 2009 edition he abandons the "host" approach
and instead walks us through the commercials by pretending to show them
to his ad-agency president dad via live action skits. The skits are
intentionally unfunny, as they show the dad's ideas for funny
commercials that are such lame and unfunny ideas that we are supposed
to be entertained by their badness. Unfortunately showing us ideas that
are unfunny results in footage that is unfunny. It seems that any
producer could have seen that coming.
Nealon informs his dad this year that he doesn't pick the spots in the
show, he only hosts the show. I doubt that. The ads chosen show a
vulgar and juvenile taste and I have always blamed Nealon for that bad
taste. If it's not Nealon, than it's some single person on the
production staff responsible. If the spots were selected by committee
there's no way such bad taste would show so clearly.
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