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"Since Terry has been with us our productivity has gone up 46%" Here's hoping our company doesn't resort to recruiting Mr Tate - otherwise I'll have to remember to fill up the coffee jug. (Windows Media, requires sound)
posted by ralawrence (29 comments total)
"Team Felcher"?
posted by Armitage Shanks at 6:48 AM on February 6, 2003

On behalf of my entire team here at work I would like to thank you for this hilarious post. We really needed that.
posted by botono9 at 7:04 AM on February 6, 2003

five bucks says that ralawrence isn't a fan of football.
posted by machaus at 7:09 AM on February 6, 2003

Wow, for a reebok commercial I'm very impressed. Especially with the writer who squeezed in the TPS Reports reference.
posted by Space Coyote at 7:11 AM on February 6, 2003

Hilarious! My sides have split and my innards are falling out in lumps and clumps :).
posted by freakystyley at 7:13 AM on February 6, 2003

Depends what you mean by "football" machaus. I'm English so I like the proper version - but you're right, I don't really care much for the American flavour :o)
posted by ralawrence at 7:14 AM on February 6, 2003

none of you watched the super bowl?
posted by machaus at 7:15 AM on February 6, 2003

I'm usually loathe to watch what are in reality, extended commercials. However, when this made the rounds of my office the other day, I couldn't help myself - my laughter could be heard down the hallway. Extremely funny and well done, but we should all acknowledge the fact that it owes much to the groundbreaking work of Office Space.
posted by aladfar at 7:16 AM on February 6, 2003

machaus, here in Canada, the commercials have been hijacked by the local networks. Yeah, I know... it's quite the gyp.
posted by freakystyley at 7:25 AM on February 6, 2003

Speaking of Office Space, the indie flick Haiku Tunnel should also be mentioned.
posted by freakystyley at 7:26 AM on February 6, 2003

Especially with the writer who squeezed in the TPS Reports reference.

Not to mention use of the word felcher

Warning. The definition of "felch" gained by clicking on this link may be considered obscene by some readers. Also considered obscene may be the pop-up window which appears by clicking on aforementioned link
posted by jeremias at 7:32 AM on February 6, 2003

The whole "TPS reports" is whats get me laughing - personally I think the funniest advert in the series is where he slam-tackles the Nike streaker guy.
(since that is a members only link you might want to try this one and scroll down a wee bit just to see the screenshot of it)

darn how do you guys make teeny fonts?
posted by dabitch at 7:49 AM on February 6, 2003

Dabitch: You use the <small> and </small> tags so it comes out like this. You might want to also use <b> and </b> so it's a bit more readable
posted by ralawrence at 8:03 AM on February 6, 2003

hopefully said pop-up doesn't actually illustrate that definition visually.
posted by quonsar at 8:06 AM on February 6, 2003

visit beautiful felch township.
posted by quonsar at 8:16 AM on February 6, 2003

Shorter, televised version was funnier. Although him yelling "bitch!" and "motherfucker!" is kind of amusing, of course.
posted by xmutex at 8:26 AM on February 6, 2003

"small" - duh I should've known. thanks ralawrence... quonsar - great link.
posted by dabitch at 8:33 AM on February 6, 2003

The shorter version was the one I received via email. If people want to see that too, then I'll put it up (temporarily) on my website.
posted by ralawrence at 8:36 AM on February 6, 2003

ralawrence: That'd be cool. You know, I'm a Terry Tate completist.
posted by xmutex at 8:42 AM on February 6, 2003

Shorter TV version can be downloaded from here (5.6 meg). It's been zipped up so people have to download the actual file rather than running it straight off my machine (and eating bandwidth).

I will remove it at 5pm GMT (24 hours from the time of this posting).
posted by ralawrence at 9:02 AM on February 6, 2003

Someone has now put up a sign at the coffee machine that says, "You kill the joe, you make some mo'!"
posted by RakDaddy at 9:35 AM on February 6, 2003

So I watched the Superbowl and saw this ad and thought to myself, "Man, that Terry Tate sounds like a familiar thing." I looked up "Terry Tate" later and, sure enough, I had heard of it before. The ad, in its original form, was a short film made by a USC Film School student (I won't name him, you can look it up if you need to) whom I attended college with (was just "hello" acquaintance with him). The Terry Tate idea is actually something I remember seeing in its initial form a good 3 or so years ago when I posted some image sketches for the idea somewhere online as a favor for a mutual friend. Anyway, the short film was picked up by an ad agency or something and Reebok went with it. From what I hear, the student will soon be directing a Dreamworks comedy that has something to do with Ben Stiller.
posted by druzba at 10:23 AM on February 6, 2003

quonsar, "The Felch Rangers" !! Oh my god, that sounds like a very scary football club. Proper English football, of course. *grin*
posted by ubi at 10:25 AM on February 6, 2003


Quicktime version!
(might require registration, bleh)
posted by cinderful at 12:37 PM on February 6, 2003

"That ain't new, baby!"

I enjoyed the following "don't sue us" disclaimer on the site when I registered after the Super Bowl:
The characterizations in this advertisement seek to entertain and are not in any way an endorsement of the use of force in the workplace. Workplace violence is an important safety and health issue. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) has standards and regulations to prevent and deal with workplace violence. For information, please visit OSHA.
posted by jmcmurry at 12:47 PM on February 6, 2003


better quicktime link
posted by cinderful at 12:58 PM on February 6, 2003

Did anyone else notice the continuity error with the glasses? (the last guy Terry knocks over)

I'll get me coat...
posted by chrimble at 1:04 PM on February 6, 2003

"That's a long distance call, Doug!"

Where did Reebok get the footage from the Nike commercial? Is it just a good copy or is that publically available?
posted by internal at 1:10 PM on February 6, 2003

They just shot a new ad [it's another man playing the streaker] and they did really well... I think it's the same actor doing the voice-over.
posted by dabitch at 6:07 AM on February 10, 2003

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