A week or so back, I was surfing around YouTube and came across an infomercial I had never seen before. As a fan of these infomercials (I don’t buy the items, but I do like watching them… they really are funny), I was shocked I had never seen it. Especially this one. I mean, it’s about hot dogs!
Seriously, the Happy Hot Dog Man?? How do you not want to purchase one of these after watching this?
This, of course, got me thinking.
What are some of my favorite infomercials?
Let’s be honest here. These things clutter the television, but they have a purpose. And there might not be a product or idea that hasn’t been in an infomercial. Do you remember Don Lapre?
You know, he was the guy who placed tiny classified ads in newspapers throughout the country, all from his one-bedroom apartment. And he made millions!
Turns out Don wasn’t so good. He was charged with 41 counts of fraud earlier this year in conjunction with his get-rich schemes. Ooops!
But let’s get back to the good ones!
One can’t talk about these infomercials without mentioning Billy Mays, the ultimate TV pitchman. Mays was in many infomercials, pitching anything from OxiClean to food machines. His loud voice and his signal “Hi, Billy Mays here” was well known. Mays died in 2008, but through YouTube and other places, his commercials live on.
Here’s the Big City Slider:
His original OxiClean (before he got loud):
And the Quick Chop!
And then there’s Vince! Oh Vince, you with your tricky headset and microphone, wrapped around to your trap. You slay me! And what do you have for us, Vince? Oh! The SLAP CHOP???
Come on, Vince. Stick with the Sham Wow!
Ahhh, those television pitchmen!
Alas, not all infomercials have pitchmen. Some just have those voice overs and all the goofy clips showing how great of a product they have. Let’s take a peek!
Incredible Gyro Bowl:
And the Instant Fisherman (note that there’s nothing mentioned about fishing licenses…)
What are some of your favorites? Drop a comment below and let me know. I left out all of the music ones, but those are great, too. Better yet, hook us all up with a link so we can enjoy them!
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