Does anyone remember this old advertisement?
January 6, 2011 4:42 AM Subscribe
Wicked long shot, but I would like to identify a 15-year-old infomercial because it brought me so much joy. It featured a man in a dance club selling some mysterious service.
posted by Mayor Curley to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
"Infomercial" is probably the wrong term because the most endearing quality about this ad was that there was very little information about what was being sold, but it was a half-hour advertisement. It was on broadcast TV around 11 or midnight in Rochester, NY c. 1996-97. yerfatma and I would watch it all the way through every time we saw it because it was so amazing.
The premise was that some guy in a gray suit was in a nightclub which was insinuated to be (or maybe explicitly stated to be) in the Caribbean. The host was a small man playing up a "trying to be smooth and failing" persona, making self-effacing one liners about his lack of dating success while interviewing people in the club. I don't want to give any red herrings, but he might have been IDed in a lower third or given his last name as "Silver." The attractive people interviewed would say what they were looking for in a dating partner.
The beauty of the infomercial was that it was never explicitly stated what the service was-- it might have been a phone dating service, it might have been a phone sex line, it might have been a group chat line. The host repeatedly stated, with well practiced accompanying hand gestures that the service, what ever it was, was "one-on-one. It's discreet. No one's going to laugh at you. No one's going to hang up on you." But he never told you exactly what you were going to get by calling the number.
Does anyone remember this and have details to add so that I might find out more about it? I'd love to know what exactly they were selling.