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This setup was sometimes used for commercials for unrelated products, here to give the impression that, while you know that the celebrity endorsing the product is most certainly a paid actor in the profession of telling you things convincingly (even when their character is clearly fictional), right ''now'', you're hearing him when he's off-duty and he's therefore telling you the 'real' truth. While it is still used in advertising, even straight, it is often with at least a bit of a [[DeadHorseTrope wink and a nod]] if not outright {{parody}} or LampshadeHanging (such as the actor delivering the line in a way that implies he is reading it from a cue card).

It's also still occasionally used in kids' {{Edutainment Show}}s, where it's perhaps a bit more understandable.

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This setup was sometimes used for commercials for unrelated products, here to give the impression that, while you know that the celebrity endorsing the product is most certainly a paid actor in the profession of telling you things convincingly (even when their character is clearly fictional), right ''now'', you're hearing him when he's off-duty and he's therefore telling you the 'real' ''real'' truth. While it is still used in advertising, even straight, it is often with at least a bit of a [[DeadHorseTrope wink and a nod]] if not outright {{parody}} or LampshadeHanging (such as the actor delivering the line in a way that implies he is reading it from a cue card).

It's also still occasionally used in kids' {{Edutainment Show}}s, Show}}s to provide FakeInteractivity, where it's perhaps a bit more understandable.

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* Every episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy'' begins with Whyatt greeting the viewers, introducing himself, and opening the door to Storybrook Village.


Often, the setup of the scene has the camera pan over to an actor caught unaware (often in their dressing room, or on a soundstage), either out of costume or in any other way that indicates that the production cameras aren't currently rolling and what you're seeing is part of the production's self-documentary instead of the end result; you're about to get a candid, exclusive look into its making of. The character often expresses this surprise directly to the camera, for example by greeting it with an impromptu "Oh ... hi there. As you can see, I'm on the set..." before they begin describing what is happening over on the set.

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Often, the setup of the scene has the camera pan over to an actor caught unaware (often in their dressing room, or on a soundstage), either out of costume or in any other way that indicates that the production cameras aren't currently rolling and what you're seeing is part of the production's self-documentary instead of the end result; you're about to get a candid, exclusive look into its making of. The character often expresses this surprise directly to the camera, for example by greeting it with an impromptu "Oh ... hi hi! I didn't see you there. As you can see, I'm on the set..." before they begin describing what is happening over on the set.


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* Every episode of ''YachtRock'' (to some degree) was introduced by Steve Huey this way. Ranging from the innocuous "You've caught me lounging in my music nook" (while doing just that) to beating a gimp while wearing bloody underwear: "You've caught me making love."

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* Every episode of ''YachtRock'' ''WebVideo/YachtRock'' (to some degree) was introduced by Steve Huey this way. Ranging from the innocuous "You've caught me lounging in my music nook" (while doing just that) to beating a gimp while wearing bloody underwear: "You've caught me making love."



* WebVideo/EatYourKimchi:This trope is often used when the show switches from Simon and Martina as commentators to Simon and/or Martina as performer in a sketch.

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* WebVideo/EatYourKimchi:This WebVideo/EatYourKimchi: This trope is often used when the show switches from Simon and Martina as commentators to Simon and/or Martina as performer in a sketch.



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* On ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid'', this is how the closing segment is presented, in which Sid talks with the viewers in his room at night before going to bed and presents his "Super Duper Big Idea."


* Numerous infomercial parody videos by the LoadingReadyRun comedy group starts with the "Oh hi, I didn't see you there" line, to the point where it is a RunningGag.

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* Numerous infomercial parody videos by the LoadingReadyRun WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun comedy group starts with the "Oh hi, I didn't see you there" line, to the point where it is a RunningGag.


* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' starts this way.

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* ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' starts ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Opens with [[https://youtu.be/inzkJ34VMfk?t=8 a merchant addressing the viewer]] and even interacting with the camera:
-->'''Merchant:''' ''[Addressing the viewer / camera]'' Please, come closer!\\
''[Camera zooms in exaggeratedly untill it hits the merchant's nose with an audible "bang"]''\\
'''Merchant:''' Too close, a little too close.\\
''[Camera zooms out to acceptable distance]''\\
''[Later...]''\\
'''Merchant:''' ''[To the viewer]'' Perhaps you would like to hear [Aladdin's] tale? It begins on a dark night...
:: : It's also a ForgottenFramingDevice, since the viewer never sees the merchant again; although the merchant is commonly accepted to actually be the Genie (who ''is'' a VoluntaryShapeshifter, after all).
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--> '''Dr. McNinja:''' "Did� [=McNinja=]:''' "Did... Did something happen? Why are you here?"


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** The 138th episode special used the trope repeatedly with Troy [=McClure=], once parodying it by returning from a commercial break to have [=McClure=] asleep on a couch and having to be prodded awake from off stage so he could deliver the line.----

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** The 138th episode special used the trope repeatedly with Troy [=McClure=], once parodying it by returning from a commercial break to have [=McClure=] asleep on a couch and having to be prodded awake from off stage so he could deliver the line.line.

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** ChuckNorris talking to an off-screen "friend" in mock surprise at the end of a Total Gym ad. Because a multi-title holding karate champion with tons of sponsors and access to thousand-dollar equipment would give a shit about a hundred dollar weight bench, let alone interrupt a shoot to tell his friends about it.

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** ChuckNorris Creator/ChuckNorris talking to an off-screen "friend" in mock surprise at the end of a Total Gym ad. Because a multi-title holding karate champion with tons of sponsors and access to thousand-dollar equipment would give a shit about a hundred dollar weight bench, let alone interrupt a shoot to tell his friends about it.


* ''[[Series/TheMitchellAndWebbLook The Mitchell and Webb Situation]]'' had a sketch parodying this, where the man being featured on a RealityShow is bewildered by the whole charade. The sketch starts with the host ringing his doorbell and greeting him as if it's the first time they've met. "What do you mean? You've been here over an hour. You've only just gone outside again. I'm miked up!" "So where's the kitchen?" "It's where you set up all those lights."

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* ''[[Series/TheMitchellAndWebbLook ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook The Mitchell and Webb Situation]]'' had a sketch parodying this, where the man being featured on a RealityShow is bewildered by the whole charade. The sketch starts with the host ringing his doorbell and greeting him as if it's the first time they've met. "What do you mean? You've been here over an hour. You've only just gone outside again. I'm miked up!" "So where's the kitchen?" "It's where you set up all those lights."


* ''The MitchellAndWebb Situation'' had a sketch parodying this, where the man being featured on a RealityShow is bewildered by the whole charade. The sketch starts with the host ringing his doorbell and greeting him as if it's the first time they've met. "What do you mean? You've been here over an hour. You've only just gone outside again. I'm miked up!" "So where's the kitchen?" "It's where you set up all those lights."

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* ''The MitchellAndWebb Situation'' ''[[Series/TheMitchellAndWebbLook The Mitchell and Webb Situation]]'' had a sketch parodying this, where the man being featured on a RealityShow is bewildered by the whole charade. The sketch starts with the host ringing his doorbell and greeting him as if it's the first time they've met. "What do you mean? You've been here over an hour. You've only just gone outside again. I'm miked up!" "So where's the kitchen?" "It's where you set up all those lights."


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