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Every Product Billy Mays Ever Pitched

Billy Mays, America’s favorite infomercial star, died three years ago today. He began his career selling the WashMatik, a car-washing brush that siphoned water through the bristles without electricity. He moved from that to the Ultimate Chopper, and some of his other products not featured here include The Ding King (dent and ding repair kit), Turbo [...]

The Late Movies: Auto-Tuning Already-Funny Commercials

Though popularized by musicians like Cher and rapper T Pain, auto-tuning—the act of speaking or singing into a vocoder to disguise off-key inaccuracies and mistakes—can be used to make anything just a little bit sillier. Just take a look at what happens when some of television’s silliest commercials are auto-tuned. Flo from Progressive Billy Mays Slap Chop Old Spice Sony

Heatin’ Ana Beatin’ Welding Service

Billy Mays may be gone, but the spirit of salesmanship lives on. For instance, just take a look at Glen “Amazin Blaze” David Thornton of Heatin’ ana Beatin’ Welding Service. By the end of this short video clip, I was so ready to fork over my wallet to buy whatever it is he’s sellin’: Link [embedded [...]

The Late Movies: Windows 7 Parties (And Other Awful Infomercials)

The latest OS offering from Microsoft is Windows 7 and the company has been running a mad media blitz, with a slew of commercials showing its ease of use. However, I came across a gem the other day—a YouTube infomercial showing how you (yes, YOU) could host a Windows 7 party in your very own [...]