7 Words (& More) You Can Say on TV

Our culture in 3 1/2 minutes.

Remember when George Carlin was the caliber of comedian you could see watching The Tonight Show? George was funny, brilliant and, yes, curious about the world around him. That routine above is not only impressive for its performance value, but it’s a perfect encapsulation of the type of clever writer Carlin was throughout his career.

Every word was written and said with purpose. That precision combined with his insight and eye-popping mannerisms are what elevated him to the biggest, brightest stage of stand-up comedy. He grabbed your attention, kept it and closed every show with that same energy and an exclamation point.

His stuff was awesome.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

P.S. RIP George Carlin.

America’s Next Top Model?

There’s no Flux Capacitor, but…

Business Insider is reporting that electric car company Tesla, led by innovator Elon Musk, will be making the Model 3 that will be built by year-end 2017 (or possibly the beginning of 2018) and will not exceed the $35,000 mark. Usually tens of thousands of dollars more expensive, this appears to be the hyped-about (and necessary) next step towards an emissions-free car market.

A small step, yes, but it’s a step forward that leaves a smaller footprint burnout.

$35,000 is an expensive price tag, but it’s at least within range and consideration of people who buy luxury SUV’s and luxury sedans and the Toyota Avalon. Business Insider also reported that applicable tax breaks and incentives could spark a price plummet of nearly $10,000.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s Toyota Camry territory.

The point is that Tesla’s forthcoming innovation towards a more affordable electric car, with their current models receiving sensational reviews, should expand their marketplace and improve their target demographics. People will be able to invest in a car and a renewable future. With the Millennial generation that focuses on (and responds to) business pursuits that simultaneously promote social good, Tesla’s Model 3 could become the next iPhone in the sense that the next versions will be followed by the masses with anticipation and an infectious energy for its new gadgets and groundbreaking features for the road.

Let’s not dive into Musk’s sour feelings of Steve Jobs and Apple right now. The above hypothesis was just a general observation.

The Model 3 will shine its lights on March 31, 2016: Plug it into your calendars.


“Puppy-Monkey-Baby, Puppy-Monkey-Baby…Puppy. Monkey. Baby.” 

Soda, cars, taxes, beer (and post-Super Bowl intimacy) were a few of the diverse industries that spent millions of dollars on commercials and brand messaging during Super Bowl 50. Most of the ads were pretty standard for marketing’s biggest night of year. Actually, as yesterday’s Happy Monday! blog post highlighted, the best ad wasn’t technically an ad at all.

Peyton Manning: Super Ad Champion.

Surprisingly, the one company that would have benefited from an informative (and reassuring) prime-time Super Bowl commercial didn’t say a word on Sunday night.

In other words, Chipotle’s kitchen was closed again.

With a months-long problem of patrons getting sick from E.coli in multiple locations nationwide, the logical next-step for the favorite food franchise seemed to be one commercial away. Imagine if Chipotle founder Steve Ells faced the camera and directly addressed the painful concerns customers have (literally and figuratively) and explained what he and his restaurants have done, are doing and will do to comply with and resolve their health issues to recover the damage done to its reputation?

An ad without spin would’ve been refreshing. In many ways, a refresh is what Chipotle needs right about now.

Simplicity and candor seemed to work brilliantly for Peyton Manning and Budwesier.

Happy Monday!

Less is more.

Ironically, this sentiment was the perfect fit for a particular consumption-reliant beer company.

Budwesier’s Best Super Bowl Ad:

Did Peyton Manning just inadvertently give the world the first-ever Vine Super Bowl commercial?

The sheer simplicity (and obvious realism) of Manning’s reportedly unsolicited endorsement will stump veteran advertisers who invested millions and millions of dollars into writing, developing, producing and airing creative commercials, aimed at achieving a viral marketing impact.

As Peyton Manning casually revealed, champions (like everybody else) enjoy a good beer after a hard day at the office.

Also, did Manning change post-championship interviews forever? Drinking beer over Disney World?

Mickey Mouse: It’s your turn for a super rebuttal.


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