Whether SNL is having an on- or off-year, one place they always shine is commercial parodies.
Personally, I think they had an “on-year” this year — but whether or not you agree, you’ll have to admit they produced some laugh-out-loud fake commercials. I figured most marketers’ minds would be geared more toward New Year’s Eve planning than campaign planning today, so I compiled a round-up of the best SNL commercials of 2014 as a little light-hearted respite for you in the office today.
And it’s about commercials, so you can justify it as loosely work-related. Right?
(Warning: Some of these videos might be NSFW.)
The 5 Best SNL Commercial Parodies of 2014
1) Jim Carrey’s Lincoln Ad Spoofs
Steeped in a faux-profundity the SNL writers capture perfectly, Jim Carrey spoofs the Matthew McConaughey Lincoln ads in my personal favorite commercial parody of the year. (Bonus: There’s an Allstate parody woven in around minute 2:08.)
Dr. Doctor explains a medical condition affecting millions … which serves as the best explanation I’ve heard for why legions of 30-something men vehemently defend the addition of the Taylor Swift canon to their iTunes libraries.
3) JoS. A. Bank Cleaning Product
Calling out JoS. A. Bank’s marketing strategy and product quality, SNL draws a biting parallel in this spoof that ends with a hilariously modified tagline.
4) CNN Pregnancy Test
Aside from the SNL writers’ creativity with the pregnancy test/CNN parallel, my favorite thing about this video is that the ad that played before it was for actually for a pregnancy test.
5) The Group Hopper Preview
A commercial parody list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of a movie preview. This looks like every commercial for a YA-novel-turned-movie you’ve ever seen.