A chain of commercials familiar to anyone from Central Florida is for Appliance Direct, which features some of the most enthusiastic and downright bizarre advertising for cleaning and kitchen appliances to be put on the air all from a man who doesn't seem to have a very firm grasp on the English language.
At least when Mays advertised a product, you know it has to have a good degree of quality. He was like a very loud seal of approval.
Also, he explained that every product he endorsed he used himself at home (though it was probably a maid using them, but all the same).
Bob Rohrman, a central Indiana car salesman, quickly became famous for his hilariously cheesy ads, to the point that this Trope is often referred to there as "Rohrman Appeal".
This ad for CGU insurance. The concept is so bizarre (an oldish British white woman rapping about insuring her store) and the execution so cheesy, between the woman's insufferable smugness all through the ad (apparently oblivious to the fact that she's RAPPING ABOUT HER INSURANCE!), her moronic "dancing" and the "rappified" version of the CGU slogan at the end, that it somehow manages to be awesome...
Dramatel, the "almost illegal" phone card. It's absolutely ridiculous. And when the girl triumphantly declares, "You been Dramateled, playa!", the look on the guy's face is golden - he actually pulls off his sunglasses and gawks at his phone.
"I've got something for YOU!" If you lived in the Chicago area in the 90's, you saw this ad for Eagle Insurance. You thought it was the cheapest thing ever. And yet, admit it, you just couldn't hate it.
Enzyte. That theme, that smile, those '50s-'60s party animal cliches. And the double entendres and symbolism.
This ad, which Lindsay Lohan did for a clothing company called Fornarina. Lindsay is absolutely robotic, the effects are cheesy, and the whole thing looks like where the Eighties went to die.
The somewhat infamous Frosties Kid advert, where the writers desperately tried to find words rhyming with "great". This leads to lines like "Even ladies who wait, or a pi-rate!" Also worth noting is the ridiculous dance moves at the end, all while the kid starts flying for no reason.
TheGeneralcar insurance commercials. With their bad CGI effects, poor blue screen, Ear Worm tunes, narmy actors, and the out of place penguin you can't help but have an odd affinity for the company.
GO COMPAAAAARE! An man singing opera on an insurance comparison website. Many, many, many variants have been made.
Despite being one of the worst commercials ever made, to this day, hearing the phrase "head on" makes you think "apply directly to the forehead" That ladies and gentlemen is a perfect example of brainwashing. Brainwashing that has already outlived those commercials.
This commercial for Lanacane anti-itch gel. The rapidly-speeding-up-to-chipmunk voice is ridiculous enough, but then the musical cue hits— and it's one that should be familiar to any Mac user who's toyed with the built-in loops in iMovie.
J G Wentworth, also known as 877-Cash Now. Opera guys singing their jingle...hilarious.
LeBron James' commercial for Nike's shoes have him pondering what he should do. It's seen as not only narcissistic, but also makes you hate him even more if you don't like him and/or you live in Cleveland. When South Park makes a parody of that shit, you should know when it's So Bad, It's Good.
The city of Cleveland's response is... way better. Here, the comedy's intentional and you're supposed to think LeBron is a dickhead!
This Nutella ad that airs in the United States and Canada. With the labored narrative of "with a hint of cocoa" (Nutella is very chocolaty) and using blatantly obvious transference (don't think about the product, think about putting it on "whole grain toast, or even on whole wheat waffles"), and the three rent-a-kids lined up each eating a single piece of toast with Nutella for breakfast...the saving grace is that Nutella is genuinely delicious and a treat to see, though it leaves you wondering why they didn't go this route, and instead tried very hard to make you not think about the product but instead about the "the whole grain toast, or even the whole wheat waffles". But this schizophrenic advertising approach may have actually been justified, as Nutella has historically been very difficult to successfully market and sell in the United States. It's more readily accepted in Europe, where it sells well.
It was anyway, until someone sued them for false advertising regarding the nutritional content. Now the advertisement plays in a heavily edited form which more or less admits it only tastes good.
The infamous I'M PLAYING NUTPlayStation Portable commercial. It has bland, jerky, and scary animation, makes fun of racial stereotypes, and contains possibly the dumbest joke and tag line in the history of all mankind. It would probably be forgotten today if it wasn't for the Awesome Series episode where a pissed-off Sony manager curses out and kills the man who came up with the commercial, and a parody in The Stinger of the Ultra Fast Pony episode "For Glorous Mother Equestria!".
The Red House Furniture store is a place where both black people and white people can shop for furniture! While the whole thing has an unsettling Jim Crow-era feel to it, the enthusiastic staff (who have probably never acted before), corny lines, and surprisingly catchy jingle elevates it to narm status.
Singers: At the reeeeeeeeeeeed house! Where black people and white people buy furnituurrrreee!
This commercial for Sakura-Con (pictured above) consisting of stereotypical anime fans at a sushi restaurant:
The 1994 Transformers Generation 2 toy commercials with their rap songs. Especially the Aerialbots and Combaticons one. A-hem: The Aerialbots are taking their shots!/ Silverbolt's blasting COMBATICONS!/ They can all ch-ch-change/ To be re-arranged/ To form a super robot, SUPERION!/ The Combaticons are WARRING!/ Onslaught is ROARING!/ He is one metamorphing DUDICUS!/ They all combine/ And kick Superion's behind/ As the big, bad, battling BRUTICUS!
Even though it was clearly cashing in on the 80s rap craze, this particular jingle is still used today, and people in Dallas still get their cars from Trophy Trophy Trophy Nissan!
The Wunder Boner would be a great example of Have a Gay Old Time—except that people were already using the term "boner" to mean erection by that time, and if its commercial is any indication, the actors are aware of that fact as they film. Note the chortles of the man's friends after he first reveals his product, and then the comment that "my wife would like that."
1-800 CONTACTS might have made one of the most overly hammy advertisements ever. With acting that doesn't chew the scenery as much as it feasts on it, lines like "I have special eyes", and presented like a an ad for a more serious product, it's glorious.
Many fast-food restaurant chains used incredibly bizarre employee training videos during the late 80's and early 90's. These include the "Wendy's Grill Skill" training video, where a new cook learns how to grill hamburgers from a rapper, and the McDonald's Custodian training video, where a new employee learns to channel a spirit named "McC".