Top 55 Commercial Parodies

10. "Mom Jeans SNL, 2003

Mom jeans have been ubiquitous in the suburbs for years, but no one ever noticed them until SNL permanently injected the phrase into popular culture. Nine-inch zippers and casual pleats...why do moms wear such hideously cut denim apparel? They seem specifically designed to direct a maximum amount of attention to an unflattering ass. But the moms love the mom jeans, perhaps because they agree with the commercial's chipper voiceover when it proudly declares, "You're not a woman anymore you're a mom!"

9. "H&L Brock," SNL, 1976

This one's only a partial clip of an oldie, but we'd be remiss not to include John Belushi's Lowell Brock of H&L Brock, who has seventeen reasons why you should come to him for all your tax needs. Reasons that include borderline criminal acts, promised with such deadpan sincerity that Belushi, probably a little out of his element in this long-running sober sketch, ultimately reaches a breaking point.

8. "Hey, You!" SNL, 1977

One function of commercial parodies is their ability to drill straight down to the absolute truth about a product. Take perfume. "Not all women are looking for Mr. Right," the voiceover purrs seductively. "Sometimes they might just want a little company for the evening." So true.

7. "First CityWide Change Bank," SNL, 1988

This parody is so realistic it could run on regular TV, bookended by ads for Subway and Verizon, and you'd probably never even notice it was a fake. "First CityWide Change Bank" makes fun of the very idea of commercials for banks. Who chooses a bank based on anything other than how many ATMs they have near where you live? Phil Hartman's CityWide experience is the best of them all.

6. "Samuel L. Jackson Beer," Chappelle's Show, 2004

Bad parody goes after obvious, already-ridiculed targets; great parody nails the subtle absurdities that no one had yet identified. Samuel L. Jackson was such a bad motherfucker the ultimate personification of cool that no one really noticed he'd been coasting on his "bad motherfucker" shtick ever since Pulp Fiction. Enter Dave Chappelle, the greatest impressionist of his generation. Nailing Jackson's gun-toting-preacher cadence ("Mmm, mmm, bitch!"), Chappelle then takes the sketch into outer space in his usual good-natured fashion, recasting Jackson's greatest rants before going out with a moment of literal scenery-chewing.

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