Monday, December 19, 2011

Torturous Penis Pun of the Day (TV spot).

This is Cockburn's Christmas commercial.
Ad agency: BETC, London.
More PenisVertising here.


Anonymous Pincuid said...

Is it so bad that I find this hilariously strange? Or strangely hilarious...

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

TOTAL RIP OFF of an OLD joke about a genie that is hard of hearing. Typical "guy walks into a bar" set up, with the punch line being "My genie is hard of hearing. After all, do you really think I would've wished for a 12-inch pianist?"

Geez, what's next? Ripping off knock-knock jokes?!? Originality is not just undervalued these days, it seems to be downright frowned-upon.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Mr. Penis said...

Huh? Where's the penis? I see no penises in this commercial. Just a genie and a 12 inch pianist. Unless you mistook the 12 inch pianist for a 12 inch schlong.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous cath said...

Besides, who gets drunk and adds extra sounds to their words? You might pronounce "pianist" like "penis" (and then, depending on your level of intoxication, find it hilarious and original), but not the other way around.

Come to think of it, a better "please drink responsibly" campaign would show drunk people repeating that awful joke ad nauseum, while laughing at themselves, and as everyone else exchanges eyerolls and tries to avoid them. I would hate that campaign because I enjoy drinking irresponsibly and don't like realizing that I'm obnoxious.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

They didn't even try and hide the fact that they are ripping off an old joke. Very sloppy. At the very least, they could've reversed the punch line.

Start tight on piano, pull back to show that pianist is gigantic. Geenie and guy sitting at giant's feet. "I didn't wish for a massive pianist, I clearly said a massive p-" cut to tag, done.

Even reversed, it is still a massive rip off and I never would've presented it as an option!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not great, but not terrible.

can jokes only be told once, ever? it's an ad that retells an old joke... it's not someone's standup act.

that said, I'd love to see cath's idea.

5:53 PM  
Blogger melikescake said...

no fun. just depressingly bad.

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

@Anon: Of course you can tell a joke over and over again. But, to use it as the basis for a creative campaign is to claim ownership and imply authorship of said joke. Plus, standups don't tell old jokes. If they do, they don't survive. Standups do routines that they write and claim ownership of. That's why people hate Carlos Mencia--for stealing original material and claiming it as his own. Much like this ad did with that joke.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Aisha Zoé said...

I....found it funny and a good PSA for the smug who like to mispronounce "pianist" (like in 2002 when The Pianist won a bunch of awards). Yes, I'm a piAnist.

And who was the comedian who came up with this joke? I think it's so old now that it is public domain. I mean, who remembers who wrote the joke about the man from Nantucket?

4:01 PM  

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