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John Cleese Makes Us Laugh Out Loud (Again)

We all need a good chuckle when January rolls around. Reprising his bumbling Basil Fawlty character (Fawlty Towers is regarded by many as Britain’s best-ever comedy series), John Cleese is at his madcap best in a new ad for the British optician chain SpecSavers, struggling with the mystifying technology of a modern car in a way only a veteran of Monty Python would.

This spot – which also happens to land its marketing mission with a perfect ‘10’ – may be unsuitable for office viewing – unless your coworkers are accustomed to sudden peals of laughter.

For those who can’t get enough Cleese – or want to learn more about the spot – here’s a companion video.

Stephen Harty

PS. You might enjoy some of our other posts on smart advertising, including Best Beer Ad Ever?Whisky With A Twist — Is This Really An Ad, Or A Fine Short Film?; and Finally, a Stuntman Gets the Lead Role.

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Stephen Harty hangs around at the busy intersection of culture, commerce and politics. He’s led some of the country’s most creative ad agencies, worked in both federal and city governments and is currently a trustee of a liberal arts college. He makes his living as a consultant and lecturer.

1 comment on “John Cleese Makes Us Laugh Out Loud (Again)

  1. […] more like short films than the hard-sellers we are used to here. If you agree, check out our posts John Cleese Makes Us Laugh Out Loud (again), Best Beer Ad Ever?, Is This the Latest Pixar Short?, and Whisky With a […]

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