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(Cracked)   The story of Crazy Eddie was even more ins-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ne than you knew   (cracked.com) divider line
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2020-11-21 8:53:44 AM  
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2020-11-21 9:23:42 AM  
He had babies on spikes?
 
2020-11-21 9:31:55 AM  
For those of you not familiar:


80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987
Youtube Ml6S2yiuSWE


The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.
 
2020-11-21 9:57:55 AM  
You can read Sam Antar's version here. He actually did it.
 
2020-11-21 10:02:32 AM  

GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


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The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.


I used to think that guy was Eddie.
 
2020-11-21 10:16:07 AM  
I ain't sure how I stumbled into reading about him, but a couple weeks ago I read an article & the wiki about that guy.  that place was a real criminal empire from the get go.  I'll give him this though, great commercials!
 
2020-11-21 10:18:49 AM  
That's why they still have to keep the Alderson point to the Mote locked down.
 
2020-11-21 10:20:06 AM  
Compared to ruthless corporate tycoons like Ivan Boesky, Robert Vesco and Michael Milken, Eddie Antar's scams started to look very small indeed

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2020-11-21 10:21:13 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: He had babies on spikes?


DAMNIT. Beaten to the punch.

("You want a rack of babies? We got babies on racks!" *hoaaah hooah PFFFTTT*)
 
2020-11-21 10:24:04 AM  

GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.


Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.
 
2020-11-21 10:28:56 AM  
Why has no one made a movie of this?
 
2020-11-21 10:30:53 AM  
His nephew now owns and operates Juice Press.... attention investors!
 
2020-11-21 10:33:15 AM  

Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.


Weren't they also on WWOR? You're right though, they were everywhere and all the time.
 
2020-11-21 10:35:08 AM  
Wanted to add, they're like the Bob's Furniture and 800-Empire commercials of the olden days. Ubiquitous and annoying.

/Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!!!
 
2020-11-21 10:35:24 AM  
Man, I haven't seen a cracked article on here since the whole Scripps buyout thing
 
2020-11-21 10:35:56 AM  

Duck_of_Doom: Wanted to add, they're like the Bob's Furniture and 800-Empire commercials of the olden days. Ubiquitous and annoying.

/Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!!!


Kars for kids.
 
2020-11-21 10:36:03 AM  

Duck_of_Doom: Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.

Weren't they also on WWOR? You're right though, they were everywhere and all the time.


We got those stations on cable in Rochester, and I thought those must be some awesome stores.
 
2020-11-21 10:37:14 AM  

Duck_of_Doom: Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.

Weren't they also on WWOR? You're right though, they were everywhere and all the time.


Yup, every local station at least. Not so sure about the network affiliates though.
 
2020-11-21 10:40:59 AM  
Yes, but could he beat The Wiz?

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2020-11-21 10:41:47 AM  

machodonkeywrestler: Duck_of_Doom: Wanted to add, they're like the Bob's Furniture and 800-Empire commercials of the olden days. Ubiquitous and annoying.

/Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!!!

Kars for kids.


They've got an interesting background story,
 
2020-11-21 10:42:59 AM  
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Oh No!  Dow down 12!

/anyway
 
2020-11-21 10:44:52 AM  
Pearl Jam - crazy Mary
 
2020-11-21 10:45:31 AM  

egomann: Why has no one made a movie of this?


I bet a movie about the entire 70s/80s Gen X tri-state TV experience would do well. Open with this..

1979 WABC 4:30 Movie Open
Youtube Juagqy82DYQ
 
2020-11-21 10:46:01 AM  

GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.


Ants In My Eyes Johnson | Rick and Morty | Adult Swim
Youtube G4BkGJj5BXg
 
2020-11-21 10:47:31 AM  

Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.


Not all the commercials featured the manic Jerry Carroll.  The Crazy Eddie Doo-Wop commercial became famous in the NYC metro area.

Classic Crazy Eddie Commercial 'Bathroom DooWop' (1977-1979)
Youtube I_dl2tsuUtc
 
2020-11-21 10:48:42 AM  

machodonkeywrestler: Duck_of_Doom: Wanted to add, they're like the Bob's Furniture and 800-Empire commercials of the olden days. Ubiquitous and annoying.

/Sunday Sunday SUNDAY!!!

Kars for kids.


There's a reason this was made into a joke in The Good Place
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2020-11-21 10:50:10 AM  

Fissile: Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.

Not all the commercials featured the manic Jerry Carroll.  The Crazy Eddie Doo-Wop commercial became famous in the NYC metro area.

[YouTube video: Classic Crazy Eddie Commercial 'Bathroom DooWop' (1977-1979)]


Whoah!

I'd forgotten that one
 
2020-11-21 10:50:57 AM  
The west coast had Crazy Gideon.

He stack's 'em deep and sells 'em cheap!
 
2020-11-21 10:51:46 AM  

Bslim: Fissile: Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.

Not all the commercials featured the manic Jerry Carroll.  The Crazy Eddie Doo-Wop commercial became famous in the NYC metro area.

[YouTube video: Classic Crazy Eddie Commercial 'Bathroom DooWop' (1977-1979)]

Whoah!

I'd forgotten that one


I was born in Jersey City.  Grew up in Bergen County.   Never lived more than 10 miles from NYC.  I remember those days well.
 
2020-11-21 10:52:59 AM  
Thread lacks Carvel ice cream
 
2020-11-21 10:54:06 AM  
Crazy Gideon's ad 1998 Los Angeles
Youtube qqY60hTVfss
 
2020-11-21 10:57:12 AM  
Oh yes, Crazy Eddie and Nobody Beats The Wiz, I remember those commercials well
Also Phil Rizutto for The Money Store
 
2020-11-21 10:57:19 AM  
FTA "he just wandered by in the background while the Feds repeatedly arrested Jerry Carroll as the famous Crazy Eddy."

😂 Man, that's the funniest article if read in a while. Thanks, Subby!
 
2020-11-21 10:59:05 AM  

KarmicDisaster: That's why they still have to keep the Alderson point to the Mote locked down.


Fyunch(click)?
 
2020-11-21 11:02:36 AM  
During the late 80's in Santa Cruz there were regular ads from Big Hearted Bob D's car dealership. He was an older guy, and his ads showed him in a knock-off Superman suit "flying" like the Superman TV show from the 50's. He promised low prices because of how big his heart was.
Except, of course, it wasn't. Workers showed up to find the dealership locked, and no one could get ahold of him. They got in and found the safe empty, every last account drained, and that good ol' Big Hearted Bob D was under criminal investigation for fraud too. AFAIK, they never did find him either.
 
2020-11-21 11:03:58 AM  

cwheelie: Thread lacks Carvel ice cream


mmmmm....Carvel.
 
2020-11-21 11:04:09 AM  
In my basement I still have a dual cassette deck and some speakers that I bought at a Crazy Eddie's in Poughkeepsie.

'Cause you never know when crappy audio is going to come back in style.
 
2020-11-21 11:07:35 AM  
These circles
The ones the th th th th th th th th th th th
You will
Crazy Eddies Crazy Eddies Craaaazy Eddies Crazy Eddies Crazy Eddies
Goodbye Crazy Eddies
Crazy Eddies are the most ones
Like into a coat jacket
Are like into it has the has the ever
Ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever the

/Would it get some wind for the sailboat ?
 
2020-11-21 11:11:31 AM  
that was some horrible writing.  thankfully i already knew all about crazy eddie and didn't have to finish the article
 
2020-11-21 11:11:41 AM  
The ads were so well known that one Thanksgiving, they had the announcer in a turkey suit and saying nothing but "gobble gobble."  I accepted it.
 
2020-11-21 11:12:06 AM  

Fissile: Bslim: Fissile: Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.

Not all the commercials featured the manic Jerry Carroll.  The Crazy Eddie Doo-Wop commercial became famous in the NYC metro area.

[YouTube video: Classic Crazy Eddie Commercial 'Bathroom DooWop' (1977-1979)]

Whoah!

I'd forgotten that one

I was born in Jersey City.  Grew up in Bergen County.   Never lived more than 10 miles from NYC.  I remember those days well.


Dude- you're in Hoboken? Me too!
 
2020-11-21 11:13:50 AM  

desertfool: Duck_of_Doom: Bslim: GregoryD: For those of you not familiar:


[YouTube video: 80s Commercial | Crazy Eddie | 1985 | 1986 | 1987]

The tri-state area was bombarded with these commercials in the 80s.

Maaaaan, I remember those, they were every third commercial on WPIX New York back in their day.

Weren't they also on WWOR? You're right though, they were everywhere and all the time.

We got those stations on cable in Rochester, and I thought those must be some awesome stores.


When I moved to Rochester from Poughkeepsie in the 80's, I was amazed that it was possible to have production values even lower than Crazy Eddie's.

The Record Archive and Great Great House of Guitars commercials? It was like going from low budget porn to letting your middle-schooler borrow the super-8 camera.
 
2020-11-21 11:15:33 AM  

cwheelie: Thread lacks Carvel ice cream


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2020-11-21 11:15:34 AM  
Thanks subby.  I'm suddenly back home in Jersey.
 
2020-11-21 11:15:46 AM  

Soccerhead: Oh yes, Crazy Eddie and Nobody Beats The Wiz, I remember those commercials well
Also Phil Rizutto for The Money Store


Oh man, that is a memory.
 
2020-11-21 11:16:20 AM  
See over yonder?
That there's ol' Crazy Eddie
(Ask him for a dime)
 
2020-11-21 11:17:04 AM  

egomann: Why has no one made a movie of this?


Probably any number of reasons.   It's a very NYC gutter type story, and most people outside of NYC would probably not be able to relate.   Eddie and his inner circle (all family members) were Sephardic Jews.   I don't think you would have much success pitching a movie in Hollywood about Jews engaging in outrageous Jewish stereotypes.   The biggest reason:  Eddie, an uneducated street hustler, managed to scam the Ivy League Wall St. Masters of the Universe without breaking a sweat.  BTW, his scam was not particularly sophisticated.  It would have easily been discovered by any newly minted CPA.   He scammed those Wall St clowns through sheer bravado
 
2020-11-21 11:18:06 AM  

cwheelie: Thread lacks Carvel ice cream


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2020-11-21 11:19:50 AM  

Duck_of_Doom: cwheelie: Thread lacks Carvel ice cream

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That same basic mold was used for almost all their cakes.
 
2020-11-21 11:20:11 AM  

RealityChuck: The ads were so well known that one Thanksgiving, they had the announcer in a turkey suit and saying nothing but "gobble gobble."  I accepted it.


I was trying to remember why that sounded so familiar...
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