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Entries in Emily Tarver (2)

Thursday
Jun022011

ASK FOR IT BY NAME: EMILY TARVER, MS. AMERICA

Let's just call Emily Tarver what she is -- Ms. America -- because this woman is straight-up national. I imagine every time she walks into a holding room for a commercial audition, everybody just lets out an audible sigh because they know damn well she's gonna book that shit. And they know this because she's so g.d. good at it. I mean, remember the last time I featured Ms. Tarver here in a Double Shot?

This one is for Lowe's. Lowe's! ... Lowe's!

ASK FOR IT BY NAME: CRAIG BALDO FOR FULLERTON FORD

I like this commercial a lot. And not only because comedian Craig Baldo is in it. I like it because despite its best effort to "go meta," it winds up with some inexplicable flaws: How do Tom's grocery bags disintegrate so quickly? How does Craig's tapping Tom's shoulder cause the bag to rip apart? And how does that cause the milk and egg cartons to rupture, and presumably also break open a bag of M&Ms? Maybe I'm thinking too much here. Probably because I will never be able to afford a car.

--Keith Huang

Monday
Nov232009

Ask For It By Name: Chris Gethard and Nate Shelkey for d-Con Mouse Traps

Improvisers often use three-line scenes to practice getting the who, what and where out in the open as quickly as possible. But leave it to Gethard (The Stepfathers, The Chris Gethard Show) and Shelkey (Gorilla Gorilla, Dogbasket), both of whom are excellent improvisers, to nail this in two lines. And I'm beyond certain they could have pulled it off just as well without the mouse costume. Because in this scene Gethard is clearly the guy who'd agree to a sitdown with the very mouse that has been tormenting him, and Shelkey's breathy pronuncation of "respect it" evokes high status and general creepiness.

ASK FOR IT BY NAME (DOUBLE SHOT): EMILY TARVER FOR FANCAST.COM AND T-MOBILE

Three seconds in, and I'm crushing big time on Emily Tarver (BFF, Thunderhead), the talkative Glee fan. This commercial would have probably stumbled in its execution had it not been for the throwaway line: "But I'm a dork, you know, I mean, you're a dork -- you know, right?" But big ups to Tarver's counterpart, too, who proves you don't always have to speak to let the world know exactly how you're feeling.

It's a double shot! Tarver shows up in this New York-centric T-Mobile ad. Within the foodie blogosphere, this particular spot garnered a lot of attention recently for featuring the Schnitzel & Things truck. Oh, yeah, it also played heavily during the World Series. So there's that.

 

Special thanks to Steven Dressler for the links. Were YOU or someone funny you know in a spot recently? Send the link!