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January 30, 2011 12:16 PM   Subscribe

Come on down to the Winnipeg Humane Society for Kitty Midnight Madness!
posted by MaryDellamorte (22 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love it! *

*-- "Buy 1, Get 5 Free!"
posted by ericb at 12:22 PM on January 30, 2011


Ah, so they've seen our local furniture store ads, then.
posted by maryr at 12:37 PM on January 30, 2011


That one cat, the one digging at the window with amazing speed? He's great. (Hey, it's a low-key kind of comment for a low-key kind of post. Like, meow.)
posted by JHarris at 12:39 PM on January 30, 2011


We got our cats on a two-for-one deal from our local Humane Society. They're a mom and daughter and since the daughter was the last kitten of the litter to be adopted, they threw mom in for free.
posted by octothorpe at 12:45 PM on January 30, 2011


"We've even got a one-of-a-kind cat that looks like a pig! You can call him Oink."
posted by Tomorrowful at 12:50 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


He's got a bit of Michele Bachmann going on with the camera.
In fact, I bet she'd be great at peddling kitties in Winnipeg.
And wouldn't that be a win/win.

posted by bicyclefish at 12:56 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


Need more kitteh!
posted by Ardiril at 12:56 PM on January 30, 2011


Life would be so much better fir man and cat alike if everyone had half the sense of humor these guys do.

Love how he's not looking at the camera ... And it only makes it funnier.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:57 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


octothorpe: We got our cats on a two-for-one deal from our local Humane Society. They're a mom and daughter and since the daughter was the last kitten of the litter to be adopted, they threw mom in for free.

Dad tells me this was the deal when I came home from the hospital, too. It worked out pretty well.
posted by bicyclefish at 1:00 PM on January 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


maryr: Ah, so they've seen our local furniture store ads, then.

According to the reddit thread, the announcer is descended from a long line of furniture salesmen who've been using this style of pitch for years. Example 1, Example 2.
posted by inedible at 1:05 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: NOT a guarantee
posted by evening at 1:05 PM on January 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


Missing the SoComeONNNNNDown! tag.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:36 PM on January 30, 2011


That needs to go on the Price Is Right thread as well.
posted by maryr at 2:00 PM on January 30, 2011


I liked the part with the kitties. Great fun, thanks for finding it, Mary.

As for the redittor's claim that his dad started this genre? Well that seems unlikely, as this pitch style has been used in pretty much every market on the continent from the earliest days of broadcasting.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 2:13 PM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


As someone who grew up in Winnipeg, I found this hilarious. The cadence of the "C'MOOON DOWN!" is, apparently, still deeply ingrained somewhere in my brain, causing Proustian flashbacks to winter nights watching "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

I love the fine print at the bottom near the end: "Many offers promoted by Andy Hill have not been approved by the WHS."
posted by Johnny Assay at 2:32 PM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


That pitch style may well have been used elsewhere, but that ad is a direct reference/homage/spoof of the Kern-Hill Furniture Co-op ads. Such a great bit, and perfectly targeted at the Winnipeg audience.
I want a six-pack of cats now.
posted by Kreiger at 3:56 PM on January 30, 2011 [2 favorites]


come ONNNNN down!
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:12 PM on January 30, 2011


MetaFilter: a six-pack of cats
posted by hippybear at 4:37 PM on January 30, 2011 [3 favorites]


"Girl cats, boy cats, used to be boy cats..."

Heee. This is a great ad and Andy Hill is a great person for helping put it together.

Cats, at least where I'm from, are very hard to home and I had to stop volunteering at the shelter when I noticed that every week I'd go to the cattery and there'd be a whole new lineup of cats. So, good on the WHS for an ad focused on cats.
posted by librarylis at 7:05 PM on January 30, 2011 [1 favorite]


I remember when the current fellow starting appearing in commercials alongside his father... then eventually the father left entirely.

He was really quite awkward at first, but over the years he has improved a lot.
posted by utsutsu at 8:23 PM on January 30, 2011


I am sneezing and laughing at the same time.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 1:15 AM on January 31, 2011


"If we can't find you a cat you like, we'll give you a f!*@ing dog!"

Priceless.
posted by Decani at 7:29 AM on January 31, 2011


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