Posted by Nicci | Posted in Business and Finance, Way Back Wednesday | Posted on 17-08-2011
It seems to me that mainstream television commercials are taking a cue from As Seen on TV product advertising and cashing in on the cult following retro infomercials enjoy. If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, let me just give you an example.
First, remember our Way Back Wednesday blog story about Tom Vu? Vu hawked his As Seen on TV real estate program with the help of a rags-to-riches immigrant story–as well as buxom bikini babes and expensive toys like a yacht, a Rolls Royce, and a helicopter. In case you’ve forgotten the old Tom Vu infomercials, or if you haven’t been keeping up with the SeenOnTV Express blog, here’s a commercial to help with the upcoming comparison:
Now, fast forward twenty-five years or so to 2011. DirecTV, a leading satellite television provider, has recently started airing humorous commercials that seem to spoof the elite and filthy rich. You may have seen “The Russian” (a commercial that launched a parody website selling miniature giraffes, Sokoblovsky Farms Petite Lap Giraffes*). DirecTV’s latest offering is “The Whale,” featuring comedian Dat Phan in an appearance that looks strikingly familiar, no?
In case you’ve missed the connection between “The Whale” and Tom Vu, let me make it a little more clear. ”The Whale” makes repeated references to his casino winnings and going “all in.” Tom Vu has made more than $1,500,000 in casino poker winnings, including placing second in the 2007 World Series of Poker and a ninth place finish in the Season Five World Poker Tour championship.
Deja Vu, indeed.
*I am number 1,241,584 on the waiting list for my own Petite Lap Giraffe. I’m sure it will happen soon. In the meantime, I wonder where I can get a ginormous panda.