Friday, August 03, 2007
Maybe I just watch too much TV, but have you ever noticed that there are only like five people who act in television commercials? There's a different combination of them in each commercial, but the same faces pop up over and over.
A few examples come to mind. There's the chick (pictured here) who has stolen a dude's Rolo Chocolate Cone, watched her husband waste a cat's talents to sell Temptations Cat Treats, adjusted her false teeth while her date wasn't looking, used her friend's good nature to steal a whole bag of Peak Freans, and committed numerous other atrocities in TV land. I'm sure she's very nice in real life though.
She was also zombie #9 in Land of the Dead, which is actually less anonymous than it sounds, because she had a jersey with the number nine on it. It goes to show you, though, that everything leads back to zombies in one way or another.
There's also the girl who feeds her dog, Maggie, gourmet food designed specifically for small dogs. I remember her because she's hot. Apparently other people agree, because she's also one of the girls standing around looking hot, ready to make babies with the dude who became the last man on Earth after eating a Kit Kat bar.
There are others I can't specifically identify. I know I've seen the guy who shakes his credit card bill and makes the balance go down to zero a few times. The "you won't like it" guy from the Oatmeal Crisp commercials (in which he lies to his kids and abuses his elderly father in order to protect his $4.00 box of cereal) has popped up a few times. Also: Is "you won't like it" really a good slogan if you want your product to sell?
I guess it's nice to see these vaguely familiar people coming up again and again in the hundreds of commercials we have to sit through. Eventually, you see them so much, they become like family. OK maybe not family; more like the person you see on the bus every day and nod hello to, but you will never talk to them or know their name.
You never know, though. Maybe they'll evolve out of being commercial people and end up like Thomas Cavanagh, going from beer commercials ("if I wanted water, I'd ask for water"...haha, take that, shitty beer!) to having his own show. I've never known anyone who actually watches "Ed", and I had to look up his name, but still, it's a step up.
P.S. I wrote this post because I read that Secret Anonymous Sarah is now one of those commercial people.