December 17, 2014

Tell Your Doctor if You Have High Blood Pressure (While Watching This)

As with last month's sitcom sendup "Too Many Cooks," this continuation in Adult Swim's infomercial parody series is best watched without any preamble. Directed by Alan Resnick and Ben O’Brien of Wham City, it's abrasive, subversive, and unpredictable. Not to mention the cognitive dissonance of watching a real ad (via YouTube pre-rolls) in order to watch a send-up of ads themselves. If you liked the above Claridryl commercial, and you haven't seen the viral hit "Too Many Cooks," here's the best NSFW sitcom that never was:

For my money, both videos are utterly fascinating, intermittently tedious, and fall into the larger category of "things I wish I'd made." They're the kind of work that you know will be polarizing: some will love it and others will promptly ask for 10 minutes of their life (or 20) back. But I would personally rather make videos whose rating distribution falls most commonly in the tens and ones, than a video that may also average out to a five... but from mostly middling ratings. You?     

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Interesting stuff. Some of it reminded me of Lynch.

December 17, 2014 at 9:06PM

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Jonathon Sendall
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I'm never sleeping again.

December 17, 2014 at 10:57PM

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Ian Mora
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Couldn't take my eyes off either one. Totally subversive and awesome!

December 18, 2014 at 12:30AM, Edited December 18, 12:30AM

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Rob Hardy
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Both of these were great, I preferred the first, it was much more subtle which heightened its unnerving effect. The second was well executed but didn't need to degenerate into the level of violence that it did in order to be disturbing. Stylistically I liked the way the second transitioned between genres, reminded me a little of this clip http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/buck-65-superstars-dont-love/

December 18, 2014 at 7:41AM

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Benjamin James Turner
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Ryan i was literally trying click on "Skip Ad" link. You got me there!

December 19, 2014 at 1:37PM, Edited December 19, 1:37PM

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Vinnoth Ira Krish
Director / Editor / Screenwriter
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Twilight zone meets commercials and black comedy. :)
Yeeeaaaah.

January 10, 2015 at 4:24AM

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