Top 55 Commercial Parodies

20. "Valtrex," SNL, 2006

In this Valtrex ad, Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler play a husband and wife who are confused when suddenly, in the midst of a long-term, monogamous relationship, one of the partners tests positive for genital herpes. Thank God the husband read about a study that explains everything away. And remember, as the commercial says, "Ask your husband if you need Valtrex. He may know more than your doctor. Doctors don't know everything."

19. "Colon Blow," SNL, 1989

Among the things the world lost with the death of Phil Hartman was his uncanny voice, which seemed to distill the unctuousness of the American huckster to its essence. That voice combined with his '50s-commercial-pitchman's face made him perfect to elevate this into a minor classic.

18. "Bad Idea Jeans," SNL, 1990

This spoof of a '90s Guess Jeans ad is just a series of really bad ideas being casually coughed up by thirtysomething yuppies wearing acid-wash denim with a red label in the crack. "Well, I thought about it, and even though it's over, I'm going to tell my wife about the affair." And, "Now that I have kids I feel a lot better having a gun in the house." It's a beautiful lampoon of clueless upper-middle-class male suburbanites who think they know everything.

17. "Schmitt's Gay Beer," SNL, 1991

Ads for domestic beer are essentially soft porn for straight guys, but they're so ubiquitous that we don't find them all that sexually explicit, which is why "Schmitt's Gay Beer" is so brilliant. Swap out the women for men, the bikinis for banana hammocks and the breast implants for ham-hock pecs, and what originally looked like good, wholesome horsing around in a pool looks like late-night pay-channel programming.

16. "Taco Town," SNL

Could tacos get any more kick-butt than this?

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