Have You Heard About — THE FIBER? Vote For the Most Annoying Local NYC TV Ad!!

We all know them, we all watch them, and worst of all, we all remember them! After all, isn’t that the point? Especially the ones where they repeat a phone number [who can forget the Sheraton commercial decades ago -800-325-3535?]
OK here are my nominees
1) All the Bob’s Furniture ads [the “Bob-o-Pedic” mattress, or the modular sofa bigger than an entire NYC studio apt, with chaise and 2,4, or even 6 cup holders]

2) The Stanley Steemer spot with Toby the dog’s “new trick” [which is cleaning his butt on the new carpet– hey lady, check out the dog’s food!], and the horriffic cry of “Oh God, make him stop—–T-O-B-Y!!]

3) US Window Factory
a) the British guy who says “I don’t even live here, but I’m gonna move here……..”
b) the woman with the white lips outlined in red, 70s-style big disco hair, and the Lawn Guylind twang
“so cawl us; we’ll instawl yaw windahs…”
4) Empire Today 800-588-2300…… see?

5) The Grand Prospect Hall — elaborate violin music, grand staircase, huge crystal chandeliers, so far so good, then the music crescendos, abruptly stops, fade to couple on the spiral steps proclaiming
“We Mek-a Your Drims Kem Troo” in an accent that sounds like a mixture of Eastern European, Russian, and newly-arrived Sicilian”

and finally, who can forget:

6) Optimum Triple Play, complete with bongos, bling, mermaids, and rates to call Puerto Rico, and a number that tattoos on the brain —- 877-393-4-4-4-8!

7) Time Warner’s response — man eating his daily “colon-blow” cereal, when the doorbell rings;
man looks through peephole to see nerd with a comb-over, and murmurs “this should be fun”,
man opens door, and nerd says “Good Morning. [while making elaborate rainbow-colored arc-shaped sweep of his hand] Have you heard about [pause] THE FIBER??”
Man holds up cereal bowl, and says “I think I’m taken care of in that area” uh-LOL?
8) ___________________________________ write in your own

The winning ad agency gets the “noodgie” award, which is a download of a fingernail scratching a chalkboard!

4 Comments so far

  1. Jeof Oyster (jeofmoyster) on April 4th, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

    Actually #6 – the 877 393 4448 ad – is for Optimum Online, not Verizon. Who also have those annoying 3 eastern european-esque scientists who play around with giant jugs of odd chemicals.

    The Verizon ads are the ones with the know-it-all kid who absorbs all sorts of radiation from the glowing back of a van or a glowing junction box – and the dad has to come out and ensure the Verizon man isn’t trying to abduct his kid.

  2. Fern Cohen (ferncohen) on April 5th, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    I stand corrected, Jeof! And I corrected my post! How did I make that error? Could that ad have annoyed me so much that I zoned out on the brand altogether? So much for effectiveness! And how could I have forgotten that annoying kid?

  3. Jeof Oyster (jeofmoyster) on April 5th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    that being said, Optimum Online takes the cake for most annoying ads ever. Bob’s a tie for second along with that same old Empire carpet guy that’s been playing for 20 years even in the midwest ("800-5-8-8-2-300… emPIRRRRREEEEE … call empire today")

  4. stacita on April 15th, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

    I know this post is 2 weeks old, but I had to comment…

    What about "I had Pain. I needed Law." AAAAHHHHHHHHH!

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