Top 55 Commercial Parodies




25. "Zoloft," MADtv, 2006

Anyone who watched primetime television between 1999 and 2003 is familiar with the Zoloft Depression Egg. Its ubiquity was cloying enough, but it was Pfizer's attempt to personalize a psychological malady with an adorable mascot that was truly offensive. This bit goes for a few lame low-blows, but the straight tone works remarkably well.

24. "Royal Deluxe II," SNL, 1977

Dan Aykroyd was the obvious casting choice for the motormouthed pitchman selling the Royal Deluxe II by demonstrating its ample shocks via a bris performed in the backseat. It's one of those nail-biters, where you know the baby isn't really a baby and the rabbi isn't really a rabbi and the car probably isn't even moving, and you're watching through your fingers anyway.

23. "Extremely Stupid People," SNL, 1976

As an SNL moment, this sketch is immortal for Candice Bergen fumbling before completely destroying her straight-woman role. The sweet smile that Gilda Radner wears as she twists the knife and Bergen bursts into laughter in the background is timeless. Proof positive that SNL was usually more endearing when it went badly.

22. Velvet Jones School of Technology SNL, 1981

With his incongruous sign affixed to the aluminum-siding wall behind him, and his stilted, scripted arm gestures, Eddie Murphy set the bar high for mail-order adult-education commercial parodies. "Are you a female high-school dropout between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five?" asks Velvet Jones. "Are you tired of lying around in bed all day with nothing to do? Well, you never need get up again. " His book, I Wanna Be a Ho, is backed up by a genuine ho testimonial and promises to turn around the lives of young women for just $19.95.

21. "Uncle Jemima's Pure Mash Liquor," SNL, 2000

What's better than re-appropriating racial stereotypes? Tracy Morgan re-appropriating racial stereotypes while cross-dressing and swatting at cartoon Disney-esque songbirds. Uncle Jemima wants to sell you his Uncle Jemima's Pure Mash Liquor. Why? Because "you like to get bent just as fast as possible." A truly off-the-rails take-down of feel-good food commercials.






 
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