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2021-10-18 10:29:53 AM  
Okay, that was cool.
 
2021-10-18 10:56:59 AM  
That was worth it. Well done, Zumbrota Ford.
 
2021-10-18 10:57:43 AM  
"...pig f*cker"
 
2021-10-18 11:59:19 AM  
The John Oliver impression on last weekend's SNL celebrity game show sketch had me in stitches.
 
2021-10-18 12:08:02 PM  

somedude210: That was worth it. Well done, Zumbrota Ford.


Being game for that kind of silliness gets you goodwill points at my house.

Disclaimer: I have no knowledge of their business practices. Just commenting on good PR practices.
 
2021-10-18 12:08:05 PM  
Zumbrota Ford is a hop skip and jump from me and I see their commercials all the time, getting a kick.
 
2021-10-18 12:13:05 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: The John Oliver impression on last weekend's SNL celebrity game show sketch had me in stitches.


Having Pete Davidson as Rami Malek, and Rami as Pete, was a brilliant move.... which they only did OK with.  Could have done a lot better with that one.
 
2021-10-18 12:18:49 PM  
These are the kinds of commercials Zumbrota Ford normally does, they are absurdly fun (his daughter is in on the act now):

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2021-10-18 12:41:49 PM  
"I'll club a seal for a better deal!"

I forget how it went, but that in the French dub of UHF was also funny.
 
2021-10-18 12:45:56 PM  
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2021-10-18 12:56:24 PM  
I grew up with Bob Rohrman.  That guy was a showman.
 
2021-10-18 1:21:35 PM  
88 Dodge Aries commercial
Youtube -hBb642NSyc
 
2021-10-18 1:33:50 PM  
Man do I hear the Minnesota accents.

And being from here, I normally don't.

lmao
 
2021-10-18 1:54:59 PM  

fiddlehead: Zumbrota Ford is a hop skip and jump from me and I see their commercials all the time, getting a kick.


Yeah, me too. I live about 7 miles from them (as the gray duck flies).
 
2021-10-18 1:58:32 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: The John Oliver impression on last weekend's SNL celebrity game show sketch had me in stitches.


Fake Olivers are not better than real Oliver.

Also, I just watched it after typing that.  I'm sorry, but it's a terrible impression.  Not just the accent, but the reduction of Oliver to weird explicatives.  Which of course he does, but it's really not funny out of context.  Actually, the Jennifer Coolidge impression was the only actual accurate/half funny one.

If I'm being totally honest, it was a terrible skit overall (as 75% of SNL skits are). I appreciated them trying to make clever with people impersonating each other, but when SNL defaults to (mostly) bad impressions, and doesn't back it up with good writing, its at its worst.  This was no Celebrity Jeopardy skit, where the impressions were secondary to the ongoing joke about how much they got under Alex Trebek's skin.
 
2021-10-18 2:27:08 PM  

Kris_Romm: Bennie Crabtree: The John Oliver impression on last weekend's SNL celebrity game show sketch had me in stitches.

Fake Olivers are not better than real Oliver.

Also, I just watched it after typing that.  I'm sorry, but it's a terrible impression.  Not just the accent, but the reduction of Oliver to weird explicatives.  Which of course he does, but it's really not funny out of context.  Actually, the Jennifer Coolidge impression was the only actual accurate/half funny one.

If I'm being totally honest, it was a terrible skit overall (as 75% of SNL skits are). I appreciated them trying to make clever with people impersonating each other, but when SNL defaults to (mostly) bad impressions, and doesn't back it up with good writing, its at its worst.  This was no Celebrity Jeopardy skit, where the impressions were secondary to the ongoing joke about how much they got under Alex Trebek's skin.


I watch SNL weekly.  It's rare that you get more than 2 good sketches in a week, that's true, but I tend to be somewhat forgiving knowing that it's not an easy task to come up with good material that suits the guest given their time constraints.  That said, I agree with everything you said.  The John Oliver impression was lazy at best.  Chloe Fineman (Jennifer Coolidge) has a host of impressions that she does very well - as does Melissa Villasenor (she did Kristen Wiig in that sketch).  This year they have added definitely one, and possibly two more cast members who are less comedians and more impressionists.  

A degree of accuracy in the impressions is required to make it work, but true comedy is found in the scenario and the writing.  I've seen a hundred Burt Reynolds' impressions that are more accurate than Norm McDonald's was, but I don't know if I've seen anything better.
 
2021-10-18 2:53:15 PM  
Getting a kick...
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2021-10-18 2:58:58 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: The John Oliver impression on last weekend's SNL celebrity game show sketch had me in stitches.


But they lost points for not having Oliver say creepy thirsty things to Adam Driver
 
2021-10-18 3:24:05 PM  
Finally a 'Last Week Tonight' segment that doesn't make me furious.
Zumbrota for the win!
 
2021-10-18 4:12:32 PM  

Wireless Joe: Getting a kick...
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And his dog "Spot", too.
 
2021-10-18 4:40:12 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I grew up with Bob Rohrman.  That guy was a showman.


Yeah well for me it was Linn Burton from Bert Weinman Ford.
Back when commercials were 2-3 minutes long.

Bert Weinman Ford with Linn Burton (Commercial, 1980)
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2021-10-18 5:26:18 PM  

monkeypunk: Kris_Romm: Bennie Crabtree: The John Oliver impression on last weekend's SNL celebrity game show sketch had me in stitches.

Fake Olivers are not better than real Oliver.

Also, I just watched it after typing that.  I'm sorry, but it's a terrible impression.  Not just the accent, but the reduction of Oliver to weird explicatives.  Which of course he does, but it's really not funny out of context.  Actually, the Jennifer Coolidge impression was the only actual accurate/half funny one.

If I'm being totally honest, it was a terrible skit overall (as 75% of SNL skits are). I appreciated them trying to make clever with people impersonating each other, but when SNL defaults to (mostly) bad impressions, and doesn't back it up with good writing, its at its worst.  This was no Celebrity Jeopardy skit, where the impressions were secondary to the ongoing joke about how much they got under Alex Trebek's skin.

I watch SNL weekly.  It's rare that you get more than 2 good sketches in a week, that's true, but I tend to be somewhat forgiving knowing that it's not an easy task to come up with good material that suits the guest given their time constraints.  That said, I agree with everything you said.  The John Oliver impression was lazy at best.  Chloe Fineman (Jennifer Coolidge) has a host of impressions that she does very well - as does Melissa Villasenor (she did Kristen Wiig in that sketch).  This year they have added definitely one, and possibly two more cast members who are less comedians and more impressionists.  

A degree of accuracy in the impressions is required to make it work, but true comedy is found in the scenario and the writing.  I've seen a hundred Burt Reynolds' impressions that are more accurate than Norm McDonald's was, but I don't know if I've seen anything better.


I like Melissa Villasenor, but that was not a particularly inspired impression, and nothing she said AS Wiig was particularly funny.

You're dead on about MacDonald's Burt Reynolds.  Objectively it was probably a shiate impression.  But because his comic timing is perfect, and awareness of the REAL joke (not the voice, but how those skits were always about forwarding the ongoing joke about driving Trebek insane), it worked.

Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery in those skits does it even better.  And I'm frankly not even a huge Hammond fan.  But something in those skits clicked with him, and Steve Higgins, the main writer for those skits, was very consistent in how he wrote them.  Also, it was pure genius to use Will Ferrell as a straightman.  For all the times over the years I've been disgusted at the over the top sillier/goofier Ferrell stuff he more typically does, when he pulled back and did the frustrated straightman instead, it was quite literally the best performances of his career.
 
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