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brickbacon
03-07-2005, 10:30 PM
I can't be the only one who has noticed this guy is in damn near every commerical. He looks like he's in his mid-twenties with Cosmo Kramer like hair. He's kinda odd looking. That's why I noticed him. I first noticed him a few months ago in a Best Buy commercial. The one where the customer imagines what would happen if he bought really large speakers. The black guy was the Best Buy employee in that commercial. Then he was in commericals for Toyota, Vick's Medicine, and some deoderant commerical. I have seen this guy in at least 12 commercials. Now he has a Mc Donald's commercial (the one with the chicken strips and the old lady), and a Diamond commercial (is the crying a good thing?). Why won't he stay off my television?

He's everywhere. He needs to be stopped.

Stuffy
03-07-2005, 10:41 PM
It's because he kind of resembles the guy from CSI, I'm betting.

He's the black equivalent of the dark haired "Toby MacGuire" guy in the Eclipse gum commercial.

jackelope
03-07-2005, 11:01 PM
I can't picture the guy you're talking about, but I've noticed before when actors begin appearing in a lot of commercials. There's a guy who's in several lately; he's a white guy, in his early 20s, a bit chubby with spiky hair. He's in:

- That Taco Bell commercial where he and his buddies are at the doctor's office because he's full from a value menu;

- The car commercial (VW?) where he's doing a test drive and laughing maniacally whenever he accelerates past another car; and

- The NFL apparel commercial where some NFL players hit a tackling dummy, then our guy climbs out of it and steals their jerseys and runs off.

He may be in others that I haven't noticed. I wonder how this happens; what behind-the-scenes machinery is at work when someone becomes a "hot property" in TV ads?

brickbacon
03-08-2005, 12:03 AM
I can't picture the guy you're talking about, but I've noticed before when actors begin appearing in a lot of commercials. There's a guy who's in several lately; he's a white guy, in his early 20s, a bit chubby with spiky hair. He's in:

- That Taco Bell commercial where he and his buddies are at the doctor's office because he's full from a value menu;

- The car commercial (VW?) where he's doing a test drive and laughing maniacally whenever he accelerates past another car; and

- The NFL apparel commercial where some NFL players hit a tackling dummy, then our guy climbs out of it and steals their jerseys and runs off.

He may be in others that I haven't noticed. I wonder how this happens; what behind-the-scenes machinery is at work when someone becomes a "hot property" in TV ads?

I've seen that guy too.

Those two guys must have great agents or something. I had a friend who was in a national commercial. He made good money. I would imagine those two guys are making a killing.

fiddlesticks
03-08-2005, 01:30 AM
I can't help with this guy, but the former "black guy in every commercial" from a few years back was Hill Harper, who now has a regular gig as the medical examiner on CSI:NY. Maybe this guy will graduate to a series sometime soon...

ElvisL1ves
03-08-2005, 08:45 AM
Orlando Jones, maybe? He was in The Replacements and Drumline as well as a bunch of 7-Up commercials.

Agrippina
03-08-2005, 09:11 AM
Are you talking about the Rubberband Man in the Office Max commercials?

brickbacon
03-08-2005, 12:32 PM
Orlando Jones, maybe? He was in The Replacements and Drumline as well as a bunch of 7-Up commercials.

No, its not him. This guy isn't famous to my knowledge.

Are you talking about the Rubberband Man in the Office Max commercials?

No, but I like that guy.

The guy I'm talking about is on 2 current national commercial that I know of. The first is a McDonald's commercial about their chicken selects. The commercial has two versions. The first is the black guy and some white guy discussing the chicken selects. The black guy talks about how good they are (while dipping them in spicy chipotle sauce) while the white guy keeps countering, "that's what they want you to think." The second version is based on the same premise. This time they are in a laundromat. The black guy offers the chicken to an old lady. She says they are good. The white guy says the old lady is a plant put there by Mc Donald's.

The other commercial is one for diamonds. The black guy hands his girlfriend a diamond and she begins to cry. He leans in and says, "the crying....is it a good thing?" She says, "yes, it's a very good thing." Then they kiss.

Please tell me I'm not the only one who noticed how often this guy is on TV.

dropzone
03-08-2005, 01:04 PM
You're not alone. I'm kinda jealous of him and the money he's probably pulling down being the Go-To Black Guy in commercials.

Neurotik
03-08-2005, 01:09 PM
Please tell me I'm not the only one who noticed how often this guy is on TV.
No, you're not.

He's also in the Old Spice commercial where there are two girls sitting at the kitchen table while their BF's are watching the game and acting like doofs in the room behind them. One guy comes over and gives his GF a hug. The guy your talking about is the friend of that guy.

He was also in the Mountain Dew Orange commercial where the guys act like moths attracted to the light when the soda vending machine lights up.

lorene
03-08-2005, 01:34 PM
I can't picture the guy you're talking about, but I've noticed before when actors begin appearing in a lot of commercials. There's a guy who's in several lately; he's a white guy, in his early 20s, a bit chubby with spiky hair. He's in:

- That Taco Bell commercial where he and his buddies are at the doctor's office because he's full from a value menu;

- The car commercial (VW?) where he's doing a test drive and laughing maniacally whenever he accelerates past another car; and

- The NFL apparel commercial where some NFL players hit a tackling dummy, then our guy climbs out of it and steals their jerseys and runs off.

He may be in others that I haven't noticed. I wonder how this happens; what behind-the-scenes machinery is at work when someone becomes a "hot property" in TV ads?

Yes, and he was in a commercial for Golden Grahams, playing a kid whose parents pick him up for a visit from college. Then they leave him by the side of the road when he tells them he missed Golden Grahams so much that he just might eat the whole box.

shy guy
03-08-2005, 02:43 PM
Yes, and he was in a commercial for Golden Grahams, playing a kid whose parents pick him up for a visit from college. Then they leave him by the side of the road when he tells them he missed Golden Grahams so much that he just might eat the whole box.
I think he was in an episode of CSI (what is it with that show and this thread), too; I think he was the guy who got punched in the back of the head at the bar and died a day or so later.

I may be wrong.

Was the black guy in question also in a commercial about a year ago for McGriddles or whatever they were called?

UrbanChic
03-08-2005, 02:47 PM
On my way to work this morning, I was thinking of starting a thread asking if there's an IMDB-type site for commercials.

The guy jackelope's talking about has a thick neck (for his body type, anyway), a buzz cut and was in another commercial wherein his eyes start talking to him while he's in a restroom (it was freaky). He was also in a Circuit City commercial wherein he starts running through the store all crazy-like mere minutes after he and his wife were in the car discussing their game plan.

I thought the OP was going to ask about another black guy in commercials. He's a bit older than the guy in the McDonald's and Kays (christ, do people really shop there?) commercial. This guy was on Seinfeld as one of Elaine's co-workers. He was also in an Avis (or was it Hertz?) commercial. He said something along the lines of "Check out the new guy. Mister I'm-Too-Good-To-Stand-In-Line."

And then there's the fat, white guy, who was also on Seinfeld. He was a mechanic at the dealership where Putty worked and Jerry was going to buy a Saab. He took George's Twix bar (it's the only bar with the cookie crunch, you see). He's been in Aamco and other assorted commercials. That guy is everywhere, but thick neck/buzz cut dude's starting to give him a run for his money.

Askia
03-08-2005, 02:48 PM
I don't own a TV; I pretty much bittorrent any shows I do watch.

Can someone link a TV ad spot so I can see this guy?

Shirley Ujest
03-08-2005, 02:54 PM
While we are on Who's That Black Guy? [s/zie=1] Sidebar: Wouldn't that be a great name for a game show?[/size]



Who is the guy who is the State Farm ( or Allstate) who is in all their commercials. I love him in a Morgan Freeman kinda of way. Intelligence and competance radiates from him.

Askia
03-08-2005, 03:11 PM
Ujest: That's the President. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371660)

Neurotik
03-08-2005, 03:19 PM
Ujest: That's the President. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371660)
The President nuthin' - that's Pedro Cerrano. Jobu will smite you for your disrespect!

Askia
03-08-2005, 03:24 PM
Jubo I could handle. I just don't wanna piss off his wife.

Morbo
03-08-2005, 03:28 PM
Sometime I watch them get onto TV. The first time I ever noticed was with the guy who was in a Keystone Beer commercial long ago. He's so cool after drinking Keystone and avoiding bitter beer face that he has a woman on each arm and says, ala James Bond, "Pack your bags. We leave tonight!!"

I noticed him again as the guy that marries the tomboy player in A League Of Their Own, then again here and there in things I've forgotten, but I definitely remember watching Pirates Of Silicon Valley on TV and recognizing him - he played Woz.

Now he's a pretty well-known TV actor. Most recently he was Dr. Bobolit in Nip/Tuck. Joey Slotnick (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0806217/).

Askia
03-08-2005, 03:34 PM
Is this the guy? (http://tt.mainstreet.net/ttoutpost/McDonalds_PingPong_Laundry_Mat.jpg)

brickbacon
03-08-2005, 04:01 PM
Is this the guy? (http://tt.mainstreet.net/ttoutpost/McDonalds_PingPong_Laundry_Mat.jpg)

YES!!! Where did you find that? Who is that guy?

Askia
03-08-2005, 04:09 PM
Don't get excited. I Googled McDonalds ad and Chicken selects until I saw a black guy fitting your general description.

But it's a terrible picture. Something about his body stance looks oddly familiar. Chances are though, if this guy is doing all the commerical work you mention, he's undoubtedly LA based and has bit parts on UPN TV shows, maybe a few music videoes, or works in movies.

I'm looking at that head thinking, "He could've gotten a part in CUTZ or the BARBERSHOP movies, easy."

interface2x
03-08-2005, 07:19 PM
Yes, and he was in a commercial for Golden Grahams, playing a kid whose parents pick him up for a visit from college. Then they leave him by the side of the road when he tells them he missed Golden Grahams so much that he just might eat the whole box.

He's also in the Capitol One commercial with David Spade. He's the guy who's learning how to say "No" to everything and then he answers the rhetorical "What's in YOUR wallet?" question at the end.

ltfire
03-08-2005, 07:37 PM
While we are on Who's That Black Guy? [s/zie=1] Sidebar: Wouldn't that be a great name for a game show?[/size]



Who is the guy who is the State Farm ( or Allstate) who is in all their commercials. I love him in a Morgan Freeman kinda of way. Intelligence and competance radiates from him.

This guy?..and it's Allstate. Dennis Haysbert.

http://www.adsearch.co.kr/admin/base/ad_article/upload/DennisHaysbert_2004_08_18_05_46_45.jpg

middleman
03-09-2005, 09:07 AM
I posted a request for the IMDB of Commercials a few years ago whenan attractive blond, who I just know I saw in porn or softcore, started appearing on EVERY commercial!

No luck identifying her.

But currently, I am seeing a lot of commercial stars. There is a guy in the Burger King "Office" ads that seems to be everywhere.

He is in Aspen Edge and was recently in one of those stock market (Nasdaq?) commericals where people confuse investors with CEOs. He was the waiter who started singing to his customer (who LOOKED just like Rita Wilson!)

Zebra
03-09-2005, 09:35 AM
There is this white guy with what looks like premature grey hair who is doing a lot of commericals.

In the movies he is "Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man" and on TV he does a spot for some sort of protien drink "solenge" or something like that. He does other stuff too.

Knowed Out
03-09-2005, 10:56 AM
He was also on a Captain Morgan commercial, where he's skating sideways while maintaining the smiling Captian Morgan pose.

UrbanChic
03-09-2005, 01:54 PM
But currently, I am seeing a lot of commercial stars. There is a guy in the Burger King "Office" ads that seems to be everywhere.You might be referring to Joel McHale (http://www.eonline.com/On/People/jmchale.html). He's also the host of E!'s The Soup.

middleman
03-09-2005, 03:12 PM
I am indeed talking about McHale. I didn't know he was famous.

A few other guys in the past who stuck out as commercial superstars were:

Joel Moore (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0601376/)started out on the Cingular commercials about overage charges (nerdy guy acting tough) and went on to a few other commercials. Soon after, he had a featured role in Dodgeball.

As well as a guy who did a FedEx commercial and a few others. He also played a small part on an episode of Just Shoot Me where he was one of Finch's intern boot camp participants (the main guy).

Anyone remember that series of Apple commercials? Where one person, a "real" person is talking about their experience? There was one, about a notebook computer I think, where an actress is talking about buying a gift. At the end, she says "I'm Janie Marsh and I saved Christmas." I thought that actress had such wonderful charisma. She would have been perfect for a sitcom. Any idea who she was or if she's done anything since?

Meeko
03-09-2005, 03:45 PM
Well since this has parted enought times, I feel this is not a Hijack;

1.Haysbert on Allstate

I saw this durring "24" and I wondered at first if there was connection (Above and beyond Allstate being a sponsor.

2.That Country Crock Male voice/Rooms to go Voice/GA tobacco quit line

Isnt this the guy who does the voice of Stu Pickles on rugrats?

3.Old Rooms to go Commercial

Wasn't this the Dad on Clarissa Explains it all?

4. Has the guy who was Carl Winslow on Family Matters made some rounds in commercials as well?

UrbanChic
03-09-2005, 03:56 PM
Anyone remember that series of Apple commercials? Where one person, a "real" person is talking about their experience? There was one, about a notebook computer I think, where an actress is talking about buying a gift. At the end, she says "I'm Janie Marsh and I saved Christmas." I thought that actress had such wonderful charisma. She would have been perfect for a sitcom. Any idea who she was or if she's done anything since?Meet Janie Porche (http://www.apple.com/switch/stories/janieporche.html). Maybe you could team up with this guy (http://www.cadenhead.org/workbench/stories/2002/10/14/stalkingJaniePorche.html) and "stalk" her.

middleman
03-09-2005, 04:04 PM
Meet Janie Porche (http://www.apple.com/switch/stories/janieporche.html). Maybe you could team up with this guy (http://www.cadenhead.org/workbench/stories/2002/10/14/stalkingJaniePorche.html) and "stalk" her.

LMFAO!

But this is the best zing in the history of the SDMB!

Ouch! You express mild interest in an obscure commercial actress and someone has a stalker website about her.

Didn't see that one coming!

amarinth
03-09-2005, 04:11 PM
You might be referring to Joel McHale (http://www.eonline.com/On/People/jmchale.html). He's also the host of E!'s The Soup.He used to do local improv (used, as in a very long time ago) and it was weird seeing him on national television.