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Hodgman and Long are Funny, Ellen is Not

Remember those great Apple “Get a Mac” video ads with John Hodgman as the PC and Justin Long as the Mac? Boy, those were great weren’t they? Apple approached the situation with a real sense of light humor, poking fun at Windows and the PC. I love humor and am so glad that Apple does too. You can still see all the vids right on the Apple site at http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/

Of course, that only applies if it’s Apple doing the jabbing. Ellen Degeneres made a funny spoof commercial of the iPhone on her show. Mashable reported that Apple was none too happy with the commercial. Ellen says “They thought I made it look like it’s hard to use and I just want to say I’m sorry if I made the iPhone look like it was hard to use.”

I guess under Apple’s humor laws Ellen’s joke was in poor taste for casting a bad impression on the usability of their product, whereas Apple’s own ads casting a bad impression on the usability of Microsoft’s product was witty.

Interestingly, the video on the Mashable story, when played, says “Sorry, this title is no longer available. You can see the original here and Ellen’s “apology” here.

In Britain the ads were done with comedians David Mitchell (the PC) and Robert Webb (the Mac). Charlie Brooker wrote about the ads in the Guardian saying “they are best known for the television series Peep Show – probably the best sitcom of the past five years – in which Mitchell plays a repressed, neurotic underdog, and Webb plays a selfish, self-regarding poseur”. So the ads speak as much about Apple as it does about Microsoft. Now that’s funny!

–Al-

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