Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cleveland's 2nd Most Famous Celebrity

Furniture stores. They're some of the worst overall offenders when it comes to commercial disasters. Why? Because their products have one of the highest profit margins in the retail world, which means they have more money to burn on advertising time than most businesses. Unfortunately, they're some of the least creative people on the planet... otherwise, they wouldn't have become furniture salesmen.

This commercial is a prime example of that. At first glance, this disaster looks suspiciously like a skit making fun of furniture commercials and not an actual furniture commercial. But after doing some research, I discovered that the commercial, Norton Furniture, and its owner Marc Brown are all very real.

Which makes this spot all the more sad.

I'm not going to make fun of the guy's voice because, you know, that's biology. He can't do anything about that. (Even I admit I have a pretty unattractive speaking voice.) But he needs to pick up the pace or cut out some of the monologue. I started to doze off after the first sentence.

And the commercial really goes off the rails when the frog on the couch comes to life. A life-sized amphibian, a maniac with garden shears, dialogue you can't understand... it's like the nightmares I used to have as a kid after watching New Zoo Revue.

This commercial has been making the rounds on the internet for a few years, and has made Norton Furniture and Marc Brown something of a "cewebrity" (as I've heard it called). That's all well and good, and I'll laugh at the commercials (not in a good way) as much as the next guy, but sadly, I'd never take my business to an establishment that is so incredibly OUT THERE.

1 comment:

  1. This is amusing to watch in the local media. Every region has its share of entertainment.