Funny: Advertising

Sometimes ads do more than just make you want to spend... sometimes they make you roll on the floor laughing so much that you don't even remember what they were selling.


Announcer: Made of space-age fibers, it can repel anything—rain, wind, snow, and especially, young women.
Chorus: I don't think so!
Announcer: So crack open a nice cold Budweiser, Mr. Stud-In-a-Rug, then crack up another for that thing on your head.
Chorus: I don't think it's on straight!
  • These ads also hit a bit an Awesome- and Heartwarming-Moment material when they changed the ad theme to this. Originally, the ads were titled "Real American Heroes"...then 9/11 came along, after which the ads were renamed...after all, now we knew what a Real American Hero truly was.
  • Don't mess with the Sasquatch. EVER.
  • GO COMPAAAREEE!! Yes, some people find these ads annoying, but come on ... the guy FLIES WITH HIS MOUSTACHE. That is funny AND AWESOME.
  • Also, "Get thee to Money Supermarket dot com!"
  • "You can get with this, or you can get with that."
  • "Exaggerated slide, over the top fall, no harm done."
  • On one of the early Simpsons box sets (Season 2?), one of the extras is a set of Simpsons commercials. One was of a fast-food chain lovingly describing a sharing platter, with Homer drooling and reckoning that he's going to have one all to himself, and then the punchline — "Offer not available to cartoon characters". Cue a big "D'oh!".
    • From the Butterfinger campaign, the ad for the bite-sized BBs candies, as Homer gets distracted from reading an ABC book to Maggie by Bart and Lisa tossing them about. Big bonus points for Kent Brockman handling the "By Nestle!" voiceover at the end.
  • Who are you calling a cootie queen you lint licker!?
  • Make your babies run ABNORMALLY FAST!
  • The Toyota AFL ads that Australians may be familiar with.
  • Snickers didn't just hit the nail on the head for a funny Halloween commercial—they took a one-ton brick of lead to it. For the sake of reference, Fake Woman is two kids dressed as an eight-foot-tall woman with a rubber mask for a face, and Real Woman is a real woman.
    Fake Woman: “I see you don't have any Snickers in your shopping cart. The neighborhood children loooove Snickers. Here, let me help you.” Begins flinging bags of Snickers into Real Woman's cart.
    Real Woman: tries to pull her cart away.
    Fake Woman: “I'm only helping you.” Pulls cart back, continues flinging.
  • The latest Pepsi ads featuring Richard Speight Jr.
  • In an offbeat case of Japandering this Italian bottled water ad featuring David Bowie was reedited to serve as the U.S. commercial for his album Reality, based as it is on the witty premise of Turn of the Millennium Bowie sharing a house with most of his stage/album personas from The '70s, plus the "Ashes to Ashes" Pierrot.
  • The commercials for the Epic phone from Sprint.
    • Also, the Sprint ad for the "Fair and Flexible Plan":
    Executive: (smirking) It's my little way of...sticking it to the man.
    Assistant: the man.
    Executive: I know.
    Assistant: So you're sticking it to yourself?
    Executive: Maybe.
  • Sprint's Data Dilemma commercials.
    • The videoconference one:
    Jimmie: Man, we're door to door, I've got the better car, fresher tires, I drove it in deep... and you missed it. I know you wanted to watch it, but you got throttled by your data plan and it slowed you down. [clip of Jimmie racing alongside Brad Keselowski slows to a stop] You hit your data limit streaming all that techno music, didn't ya? ["I like the pum pum pum"  by Marsianik starts playing for a few seconds] I mean really? [music stops] Man, you've got some questionable tastes in music.
  • How do Penn tennis balls compare with our nearest competitor?"
  • Denny's. Is it just me, or do you call EVERYONE "hon"?
  • The "Mayhem" All State commercials.
    • For example: In the raccoon one there's the line "I already had like four babies."
  • The reason Eminem doesn't do commercials.
  • This shirt design.
  • The entire "Bacardi and Cola" series of commercials were amazingly well done, but arguably the best of the bunch was Pooling Around.
  • This My Scene ad:
    Libby: Did she change her outfit?
    Preppy Girl: She changed her head.
  • Yes, this really is a hilarious anti-drug commercial.
  • The original version of the Best Buy Super Bowl XLV ad.
    Ozzy Osbourne: What the fuck is a "bieber?"
    Stagehand (played by Justin Bieber himself): I dunno, but it kinda looks like Satan.
  • The french ads for Kiss Cool from the 90's, "the only candy with a double effect !". Especially with the bunny guy. Part 1 ; Part 2.
  • John Cleese tells us about the danger of subliminal messages. Schweppes.
  • This Verizon ad where a girl actually gets a pony for Christmas.
  • Toys R Us ran some impressively creative ads featuring a realistic CGI Geoffrey the Giraffe during 2004, including this ad for an easter sale they ran that year. These ads were at once memorable and easily funnier than you'd expect.
  • This ad for energy efficient boilers featuring a rather mouthy boiler. You know your boiler has gone bad in more ways than one when it derives amusement out of making hilarious jibes towards its owners.
  • Thai ads. Just pick any Thai ads.
  • The NASCAR on ESPN commercials are so hillarious:
    • This one for Carl Edwards with NASCAR on ESPN:
    Narrator: This season, nothing scares Carl Edwards more than losing: not a ten-car pileup on a fast track [clip of lap 188 crash in the 2012 Daytona 500], not trading paint with a car full of clowns [Edwards duels with a rusty old car packed with cackling clowns], not that furnace in his basement that sometimes looks like a face. Losing is even scarier than having to choose between starving and eating your best friend Bob. [Cuts to Edwards and Bob Osborne sitting in an icy cave]
    Bob Osborne: I don't feel like I've got much time left.
    Carl Edwards: Great.
    Narrator: There are only two things that scare Carl Edwards: losing and not winning.
    Narrator: This season, Jimmie Johnson knows there's nothing more painful than losing: not running out of fuel on the last lap, not getting hit in the ear with a frisbee while jogging through the infield, not getting a papercut then making fresh-squeezed lemonade. Losing is even more painful than rescuing a baby porcupine from a thornbush [Jimmie pulls a prickly porcupine from the roadside], raising it as your own, then releasing it back into the wild.
    Jimmie Johnson: [sniffling] Goodbye, Pricklebear.
    Narrator: Jimmie Johnson knows that if losing didn't hurt, winning wouldn't feel so good.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr. trades his racecar for the last Diet Mountain Dew on a convenience store shelf
  • "Try it! You'll like it!" (cheerfully) "So I tried it, ate all of it" (frowns) "thought I was going to die!"
  • Two words: Theft Deterrent.
  • All of the recent Summer's Eve ads. Some of them are funny (the "sideways hands ads"), but others are just dramatic... until you realize what they're advertising for.
  • "If ever you're not satisfied with one of our tires, please feel free to bring it back." *CRASH* "Thank you. Discount Tire Company."
  • "You look delicious..." "I feel delicious...''
  • "There's a tap dancing leprechaun that lives in my tree, his name is Handsome Pete, and he's my best friend."
  • Charter boat? What Charter boat?
  • To keep the rabbits out
  • The Heineken walk in fridge.
  • Ladies and gentelmen... the Star Wars Dogs.
  • In a TV ad for IBM, Avery Brooks says, "It's the year 2000, but where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars!" What sells it is that he's practically channeling Sisko at the time, given his stentorian delivery. Of course, he points out that we don't need flying cars; we have something better: The Internet!
  • Chuck E Cheese's provides us the Boring Pizza Place advertisement. What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? does not begin to describe the zaniness.
  • "I'm sorry, I have no idea what you're saying...but I just love your Spanish accent".
  • The adverts for the Arab cheese "Panda Cheese" "Never Say No To Panda".
  • From Kraft Singles, we bring you "Principal Wilson's Meltdown".
    • The full commercial is just as funny. It tells us why Principal Wilson is angry: a car parked in his reserved parking space. The rants become even funnier.note 
  • A Sprite advert featuring kids running away from a scary mascot for a Brand X citrus juice.
  • This commercial which debuted alongside the London 2012 Olympic Games: Be Free, Live, Run into....the Top Ten Appliance Brands, ONLY at Sears.
    • There is also another Top Ten Appliance Brand commercial that is a parody of a stale holiday rom-com movie trailer and all the typical Glurge that accompanies it. You might even get fooled into thinking it was the real thing if you aren't paying attention until the hunky lead slams face-first into a refrigerator, followed swiftly by an epic pratfall from his "love interest". "You won't run into these deals just anywhere", indeed.
  • Ragu's "Hard Day of Childhood" commercials are hysterical. The "participation trophy" one has flawless delivery. The kids really do deserve some delicious spaghetti!
  • "Don't wake up in a roadside ditch."
  • The Sega Dreamcast's "It's Thinking" ad campaign. Each commercial focuses around the video game characters living inside the console and what they do when you're not playing a game (or, in some cases, when you are). Some of the funniest are the Crazy Taxi ad, the NBA 2K ad, and the SegaNet ad.
    • Another funny one is the launch trailer. Sonic exclaims "We got 'er!" after a female thief gets captured and he ends up falling off his perch. A football player tries to catch him, only to get Distracted by the Sexy and Sonic hits the ground with a splat, losing rings in the process.
  • There's a series of Japanese commercials known as "Ueno Juri" about a woman getting her own type of house insurance by getting various types of help. One of them has her recruiting the Seven Legendary Kamen Riders: Ichigo, Nigo, V3, Riderman, X, Amazon and Stronger. After finding out what she's doing, Ichigo implores "But, we have to protect world peace!". The woman's reply? "Ichigo, you get to protect the bathroom." Ichigo and Amazon's reaction sells it.
  • "The name is Du-mahss."
  • "More than two-hundred animators and programmers! A multi-million dollar production! Over two years in the making! and a cast of thousands! They said it couldn't be done in a major motion picture! They... were right.
  • Oddjob + a really nasty cough = utter destruction.
  • "THERE'S NO RULES!!" "Put your shirt back on!" "THERE'S ONE RULE!!"
  • This Oreo commercial. The kicker is that they're yelling AND whispering at the same time!
  • The Snickers "You're not you when you're hungry" ads, namely one where a football coach turns into Robin Williams as a pastiche of his many roles.
  • This Grey Poupon ad, in which the man who borrows the Grey Poupon drives off, leading to the classiest car chase ever.
  • This ad for Kmart.
    Woman: I just shipped my pants!
  • Motel 6's ad which references the lights going out at the Super Bowl and ties it into the chain's "We'll leave the light on for you" slogan.
  • Though the Drug-Free America PSAs are best know for terrifying young children, one '80s ad was rather amusing. A 30-something man and his friend are seen smoking pot and laughing at another PDFA ad in the background talking about the negative side affects of marijuana. "We've been getting high for what, fifteen years? Nothing's ever happened," he says. "I'm exactly the same as when I smoked my first joint." Cue the voice of his mother from another room asking if he bothered looking for a job today.
    • The same organization later made a similar anti-marijuana ad in the 2000s. In this ad, a teenager uses weed to construct a cocoon in his bedroom, eventually closing himself in it. He emerges as a middle-aged man with a receding hairline still living with his parents.
  • Zachary Quinto challenges Leonard Nimoy to a race and the loser buys lunch. Awesome, and then crosses into downright hysterical when Leonard starts singing "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins." He also wins the challenge by nerve pinching Zachary.
  • The AT&T "It's Not Complicated" ads featuring a focus group of kindergarteners are perfect to anyone who's ever had a conversation with a child that age... though thanks to the only adult's deadpan responses, they're pretty hilarious even if you haven't. They also managed a Heartwarming Moment with their Mother's Day ad. It may not surprise you to learn that they're directed by Jorma Taccone, although they are, in fact, unscripted.
    • This one for example:
    Suit Man: What's the highest number you can think of?
    Little Girl: A hundred trillion zillion!
    Suit Man: That's pretty big! What about you?
    Little Boy: Ten.
  • The Snickers Feast commercials had this gem.
  • Frank's RedHot: "I put that *bleep* on everything."
  • Meet the Parents was such a big hit that Universal ran a print ad encouraging repeat business, with a photo of Ben Stiller's character miming milking a cat. The tagline: "Milk it for all it's worth!"
  • Snuffy The Seal, a Black Comedy ad for Shark Week on Discovery Channel.
  • This Iron Man 3 "extended look" trailer. Best Trolling Creator Ever!
  • This Pepsi Ad with a clever dog.
  • A man gets into a fight with a bear over salmon in this John West ad.
  • This commercial with the somewhat creepy doll. The narrator laughing at the end is what sells the humor.
  • The French gambling company PMU's take on dark humor (warning : some of you might find them offensive)
  • UK optometrist chain Specsavers have produced some truly hilarious adverts for their "Should have gone to Specsavers" campaign.
  • The scene in the WaxVac commercial when the guy's improper use of a Q-tip results in this.
  • This Pepsi Next commercial doing things that regular babies can't possible do in real life to get attention.
  • This commercial shows that State Farm is not above lowering itself to using puns to get their point across.
  • BIG BILL HELL'S! Profanity warning, but absolutely hilarious.
  • VH-1 Classic has been airing (and airing, and airing) a set of promos lately titled Metal Headzzz. Three dudes talk about their future success in a metal band. One short involves them discussing album covers; at one point, one of them suggests "Bag of Blood." Gilligan Cut to a record literally in a bag of blood. Another proposal is so disgusting that they have to bleep most of it and then blur the majority of the album cover... and this comes after "Bag of Blood" is discussed in an adult theater (with one of the guys masturbating in the background- if you look close enough, his arm is slowly moving up and down). Of course, this incredibly gory cover was proposed in front of an ice cream truck with a herd of children present...
    • Another one involves band names. They start with "Dracula," which is almost cliche. Then the drummer points out that "[their] logo needs big boobies... like, bigguns." Cut- now the band is called Count Draculust. Then the singer mentions spiders. In the end? The band is called Count Draculantulust, and their logo is a demonic skull with massive tits and spider legs. It's actually pretty badass.
  • Please use The Force responsibly. Mildly funny add with a laugh out loud disclaimer.
  • Oh, Snap.
  • RadioShack shows that they can poke fun at themselves when the 80's invade and take the store back.
  • Hire Jim McFurnson.
  • A Crosses the Line Twice moment that was purely unintentional, a billboard for a local news team accidentally made it appear as though the newscasters had committed a gang-rape.
  • A Comedy Central commercial for South Park from early 1998 that parodies the reactions of Moral Guardians during the show's early days. Here, two members of the "Anti-South Park League" (played by Trey Parker and Matt Stone themselves) claim that the show promotes Satanism through subliminal messages, and prove it by playing a clip of Kenny saying something, muffled as usual, then playing it backwards, hearing a clear and deep voice saying "I am Satan! Love me!"
  • Have you got the Pot Noodle horn? This man has. It's big, it's brassy, and he's going to blow it.
  • The hilariously hammy acting in this Money Shop advert. It isn't supposed to be funny, but the sheer silliness of it makes it impossible to take seriously.
  • This was spotted on the Berlin subway. Yes, it's a real advert.
  • This Amnesty International PSA makes a serious point about the extent of the arms trade by showing a shopping channel selling an AK-47.
  • "Steven has made up his mind who he's backing in the general election, so today he's off to cast his vote. Unfortunately, Steven didn't register..."
  • The Real Cost: Bully is rather amusing, especially due to the fact the cigarette guy looks like a fat Andrew W.K..
  • Ghent is going to have its own domain extension. Of course someone is going to want to buy it, this time by someone who does not even have internet.
  • This UK advert for Heineken beer, in which a man in a restaurant attempts to overcome the problem of sending a lobster to its death.
    "Now, simply imagine the lobster has done you a terrible wrong..."
  • So, how does the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs tell the British public not to bring back foods from abroad? Simple - through the medium of song! And Muppet-style puppets! This is what it looks like.
  • This Arby's commercial about Pepsi can tell the tale a WHOLE lot better than any description.
  • It's January 2015, and the McRib is back at McDonald's! Meanwhile, Public Health England launches its new Body Horror-tastic anti-smoking campaign. Due to this unfortunate timing, this happens.
  • Mercedes-Benz's idea for showing off their new suspension system? Dancing chickens. To which their competitor Jaguar responded.
  • The moonwalking Shetland pony and the bonus Christmas edition.
  • Shaving razor company Schick did a collaboration in Japan with Rebuild of Evangelion to give us "Shave Impact".
  • This 7-Eleven ad: Buy fresh bread or you'll knock out ducks.
  • Irn-Bru are famous for having hilarious ads with their own brand of cheeky, sometimes risque humour. Their latest ad campaign feature people coping with uncomfortable situations by drinking Irn-Bru. For example:
  • The "Could've Had a V8" commercials with the dope slaps, especially the one where a baby does this to her mother after she teases that she has a French fry.
    • The baby's reaction after the Dope Slap is especially hilarious.
  • This one promoting the Chrysler Concorde was banned from airing on tv. It was still funny.
  • This (in)famous commercial for Quizno's, using not-so-subtle subtext to advertise suggestively shaped sandwiches.
  • The DQ Flamebroiler commercial proves that eating this burger in an office is a bad idea.
  • This binge-drinking PIF depicts a boy starting off his night by making himself look like the aftermath of such a night.