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klw
02-17-2009, 10:31 PM
I think the Slap Chop thread got lost in the tragic Board Crash of 2009. I have been quoting this for the past month or so, I am ashamed to admit it but it is true. It is not as bad, yet, as that bizarre 6 month stretch in 1993-4 when Copacabana was stuck in my head but it could be lose. There are so many highlights I had to restart this to thank whoever it was that brought this into my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUbWjIKxrrs

"You are going to have an exciting life now."

Slyder
02-17-2009, 10:33 PM
I still love the line "You're going to love my nuts." I RoFL every time.

gonelong
02-17-2009, 10:38 PM
I have never seen that before.

I'd probably laugh at it, but we have something very similiar from Pampered Chef and we use the holy hell out of it. Pizza toppings, salad toppings, omlet fillers, ...

While the commercial is amusing, the concept behind the product is useful.

GL

*BaseClogger*
02-17-2009, 10:49 PM
:laugh: You guys have to listen to this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YetveXGE94

Degenerate39
02-18-2009, 12:26 AM
Vince > Billy

Ya following me Redszone readah?

I think Vince won the people over when he said "Ya gonna love my nuts". That's the end-all-be-all. If Billy Mays says something as catchy as this then he could compete with Vince.

Degenerate39
02-18-2009, 12:28 AM
There are so many highlights I had to restart this to thank whoever it was that brought this into my life

"You are going to have an exciting life now."

I had to share this thing of beauty with my Redszone brothers and sisters.

*BaseClogger*
02-18-2009, 01:37 AM
Vince > Billy

Ya following me Redszone readah?

I think Vince won the people over when he said "Ya gonna love my nuts". That's the end-all-be-all. If Billy Mays says something as catchy as this then he could compete with Vince.

He's a ripoff schmuck. I can see why Billy Mays is pissed. Mays pioneered this business and now the Shamwow guy is blatantly copying his products. A lawsuit has to be eminent...

remdog
02-18-2009, 04:03 AM
Both of these guys are amatuers compared to the pros that move this stuff on the Home Show Circuit.

It's easy to do this in front of a camera and, if ya' screw it up, you do a retake. There are people out there that do this stuff at a home show 40 weeks of the year, three days a week, and about four times an hour in front of live audiance that votes with their dollars or their jeers.

Those are the 'pros' and some of them make a 6 figure income at it.

Rem

BCubb2003
02-18-2009, 08:56 AM
Nah, for the real pros you have to see them work the Center of Progress building at the New York State Fair. Those guys really work it.

nate
02-18-2009, 10:07 AM
Vince > Billy

Ya following me Redszone readah?

I think Vince won the people over when he said "Ya gonna love my nuts". That's the end-all-be-all. If Billy Mays says something as catchy as this then he could compete with Vince.

Don't dis Billy or it will be "go time."

Roy Tucker
02-18-2009, 12:18 PM
No love for the Snuggie or Smart Lidz?

Degenerate39
02-18-2009, 09:32 PM
Don't dis Billy or it will be "go time."

But everyone loves Vince's nuts!

klw
02-18-2009, 11:23 PM
"One slap. Salad."
"Life is hard enough as it is, no more crying."

LoganBuck
02-19-2009, 07:58 AM
These guys wouldn't last five seconds on the "Knife Show".

"These knives are full tang, with carbon hardened blades. As a bonus we are throwing in Excalibur, tell me, who doesn't need a broadsword?"

klw
02-19-2009, 08:13 AM
Both of these guys are amatuers compared to the pros that move this stuff on the Home Show Circuit.

It's easy to do this in front of a camera and, if ya' screw it up, you do a retake. There are people out there that do this stuff at a home show 40 weeks of the year, three days a week, and about four times an hour in front of live audiance that votes with their dollars or their jeers.

Those are the 'pros' and some of them make a 6 figure income at it.

Rem

Vince actually did work that circuit for a while from the looks of his Wiki bio.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sham_wow


The success of the Underground Comedy Movie infomercial suggested to Offer that he should sell something more "mainstream." Drawing upon his experience working in flea markets, he decided in 2006 to market a cleaning product that he saw there, an absorbent towel that he called the "ShamWow."[1]

Chip R
03-25-2009, 04:48 PM
http://www.popularmechanics.com/blogs/home_journal_news/4309587.html

The Claim:
In a radio interview on Feb. 10, 2009, infomercial superstar Billy Mays claimed that the popular Shamwow has trod on the turf of Zorbeez, a super-absorbent towel he promoted in a separate infomercial about two years prior.

Zorbeez is the most absorbent towel in the world, Mays said in the interview. Vince, host of the Shamwow ad, has now "unleashed and woken up the sleeping giant," Mays said, suggesting the two settle the score via a "pitch-off." Mays predicted the outcome: "Shampow!"

Mays said Vince tried apologizing over e-mail, to which he replied, apology not accepted. "Don't knock Billy Mays off," Mays said. "Don't take my products. I take it personally. And I'm gonna take 'em back." He added, "Zorbeez was mine."

"Billy Mays doesn't take this," Mays said. "I am the ultimate pitchman."

In conclusion, Mays rapped, "I ain't the Beastie Boys or Run DMC. I'm Billy Mays, I'm gonna knock you … down to your knees!"

The Test:
We put the rival rags head-to-head in a spill test of some blueberry beer we had lying around. We also soaked snow puddles and clocked drying times.

The Verdict:
Shamwow, by a mile.

The Details:
Immediately out of the package, the burnt-orange Zorbeez looked a bit listless compared to the vibrant Shamwow. It had probably been sitting on a shelf a bit longer—it is a few years past its infomercial prime—but even so, its fleecy surface sparkled like fiberglass insulation.

After the first champagne flute tipped, though, it became clear that the Zorbeez was outgunned on this one. The Shamwow soaked three paper towels' worth of blueberry beer on a single swipe, but the Zorbeez pushed the liquid off the edge of the table. We sopped and wiped with both sides of the Zorbeez, but a single stroke of the Shamwow chugged the beer with fratboyish speed. We threw each rag into two deck chairs wet with puddles of melted snow—the Zorbeez sloshed some out on the ground while the Shamwow sucked it up as if with a straw. Disclosure: we actually caught ourselves whispering "wow" while the Shamwow worked—and as our earlier tests proved, that's no guarantee.

The Zorbeez measures 19-1/4 x 27-1/4 inches. The Shamwow, at 19 x 23 inches, soaks more despite its smaller size. A cold-water rinse of the beer-soaked rags caused heavy saturation of the Zorbeez, but the Shamwow sprung back after wringing and seemed to have already shed most of the moisture. Dry times in the sun proved otherwise—after 5 hours in cool air, the Zorbeez had become dryer than the damp Shamwow, though neither clammy rag felt ready for storage. After one use, the Zorbeez began shedding fibrous blonde tufts, while the Shamwow retained its rubbery integrity. Both products smelled awful.

The Bottom Line:
If you have reusable cloth rags (and a roll of paper towels for backup), then neither product is necessary.

But we have a proper duel on our hands, and somebody's got to get "Shampowed." PM crowns Vince the new king of the rag ads. Sorry, Billy, but to the victor go the spills. —Harry Sawyers

*BaseClogger*
03-25-2009, 09:23 PM
Old news!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPLrm3Omkjg

camisadelgolf
03-25-2009, 09:37 PM
I have an uncle in Florida who knows Billy Mays. Apparently he's a really cool guy and has a great sense of humor. Surprisingly, Mays realizes how ridiculous his career is and frequently pokes fun at it with friends.

Redhook
03-25-2009, 10:18 PM
"The reason you're going to slap away everyday."

Classic.

Tom Servo
03-26-2009, 12:03 AM
Vince is no Billy Mays. There's some outtakes from Mays' on youtube where he curses and what have you, it's hilarious.

Dom Heffner
03-28-2009, 12:17 PM
This might be the best thing ever:

Vince was arrested in February for assaulting a prostitute- the story as presented here is hilarious, and make sure to watch it all the way through:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/vp/29922655#29922878

kaldaniels
03-28-2009, 01:18 PM
This might be the best thing ever:

Vince was arrested in February for assaulting a prostitute- the story as presented here is hilarious, and make sure to watch it all the way through:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/vp/29922655#29922878

Nice...I can't believe Vince is 44...by the looks of his mugshot he spends alot of time in the makeup chair.

TheBigLebowski
03-28-2009, 10:13 PM
....it's a philosophy.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2009/0327092sham1.html

"Vince," the ShamWow/SlapChop pitch-man, was arrested for battering a prostitute.

There's just too many obvious jokes to make here. Have at it, folks.

MilotheMayor
03-28-2009, 10:21 PM
I guess she didn't love his nuts.

:D

camisadelgolf
04-28-2009, 09:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWRyj5cHIQA

VR
04-29-2009, 02:22 AM
I think the Slap Chop thread got lost in the tragic Board Crash of 2009. I have been quoting this for the past month or so, I am ashamed to admit it but it is true. It is not as bad, yet, as that bizarre 6 month stretch in 1993-4 when Copacabana was stuck in my head but it could be lose. There are so many highlights I had to restart this to thank whoever it was that brought this into my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUbWjIKxrrs

"You are going to have an exciting life now."

Very interesting.....I sensed a little Christopher Walken coming out there.