CompUSA commercial? - Jay Maynard

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Monday, 17 January 2005

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1612 - CompUSA commercial?

I've now been asked a couple of times if I did a commercial for CompUSA:

They show a guy sitting at a computer with someone who (according to my sister) looks just like me, down to body shape and mustache, standing behind him in a duplicate of my costume. The voiceover says, "We have computer geeks who can fix your computer problems." The geek then leans over and quickly fixes the problem.

No, I had nothing to do with it. I wish I did.

Any of you folks out there happen to have the commercial on videotape or TiVo? If so, I'll deeply appreciate a copy. So far, I've only heard of it being run on TV in Dallas and Houston, but it's possible it ran elsewhere.

If you've seen it, or got it on video, please let me know ASAP. Thanks.

Update: 1718: Got another call from my sister. My brother-in-law watches a lot of sports, and he says that the commercial runs quite a bit on ESPN and Fox Sports Southwest during football and basketball games. Since I don't usually watch those, I hadn't seen it. He also says there's a whole series of them. Just one will suffice for my needs.

current mood: [mood icon] irritated
current music: Alan Parsons Project - Hyper-Gamma-Spaces

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I've seen it. It did actually make me think of you. It's a green suit with circuit-board-like art on the spandex (really badly done, intentionally) with the word "TECHNOLOGY" printed on the front. While the green and circuit-board-like stuff makes it look "different", it certainly invokes images of TRON with the shape of the suit.

The TECHNOLOGY guy does bizarre things, like, running into the bathroom while someone's taking a shower and flushing the toilet (followed by a "GOD-THAT'S-COLD-AUUGH" type scream) and turning on a blender filled with ice while a woman is trying to dig out a ring she dropped in the garbage disposal (making her panic like her hand just got ground up).

Then the punchline is both shown as a full screen of text and said by an announcer: "WHY DOES TECHNOLOGY HAVE TO BE SO DIFFICULT?"
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I no longer work for CompUSA, so it's not my doing -- honest!

Haven't seen it either.

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I'm from the Dallas area, and my husband and I saw the commercial a few weeks ago. I'm sorry I don't have it on video or anything, but we both immediately looked at one another and said, it's just like that Tron costume guy, as we first discovered your website a year or so ago.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Keep up the good work!

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