• Mar 15th 2010 at 12:30PM
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SNL fake Ford commercial – Click above to watch the video after the jump

With all of the buzz surrounding Jim Sikes and his "runaway Prius" last week, it doesn't surprise us that the funny folks at Saturday Night Live have spoofed the situation in one of their infamous fake advertisements.

As you'll recall, Sikes claims that his Prius started to accelerate unintentionally and that he couldn't stop the car by simply hitting the brakes. Big news, indeed. Late last week, however, new details were uncovered to suggest that the whole incident may have just been one big scam. Toyota will be releasing the full results of its investigation later this afternoon, so we'll wait until we have the official word before we start pointing any fingers. Hit the jump to watch the SNL commercial.

[Source: NBC]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Did anyone that watched the show enjoy Pearl Jam?

      But seriously, I busted a nut laughing at this commercial. And to those making comments about the phone call; they are not using the cop situation in CA. The guy in the Prius from last week called the cops using 911. They repeatedly told to him to press the brakes and slow down, for which he never responded.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I worked on the Ford Escape HEV launch. Great work SNL!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota has become a laughing stock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That situation is all too familiar. Half the rest-stops here in California have been closed due to the budget crisis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      eh, anyone remember when SNL used to be funny?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I used to watch old SNL and all the stuff with Sandler, Farley, Rock, etc. and never really found the stuff to be that great. I honestly gotta say that between 94 or 95 and maybe 98 or 99 was the best time.

        IMO the people from older SNL weren't good until they broke out and started doing movies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are right, SNL did go through a number of years where it was stale...but you probaby, like just about everyone who still talks poorly about the show, haven't watched it in years.

        The current cast is pretty damn funny (Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, et al).

        It may be slightly less funny than the first couple casts, but much more consistently funny than any cast of the last 20 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lets see... do they have anyone currently who is as funny as their best alumni?

        Not even close.

        Do their skits seem poignant, and clever?

        No.

        Has it been years since that show has been watchable?

        Yes.

        Even if they get a cheap laugh now and then, it doesn't restore the lost reputation.

        RIP
        Farley
        Hartman
        Belushi

        And please let me know when something as good as SCTV, Kids In The Hall, Monty Python's Flying Circus, or OLD SNL comes back. I hope our sense of humor hasn't degraded too far for laughs like those to come back.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Ian...

        I dunno...

        I subjected myself to "Hot Rod" the other day on TV... there were a couple of cheap crash-induced laughs... but the plot was pretty thin. I probably would have found something else to watch, if it weren't for Isla Fisher.

        If that is a sample of Andy Samberg's work on SNL, too... I remain unconvinced. Not horrible, but not remarkable.

        I remember when people used to QUOTE SNL skits at work the next week.

        Landshark, King Tut, Gumby-dammit... Wayne's World, the Church Lady... Even Chris Farley's motivational speaker that lived in a VAN, DOWN BY THE RIVER! That is just a small sample. I STILL laugh like crazy when I think of Dana Carvey impersonating George H.W. Bush. (the older one), or even Ross Perot.

        Not seein' that stuff coming out of the new SNL. Not hearing quotes. And if the skit above in this article is what people are going to bring out of SNL now... that is awfully thin.

        Nah gannaah doit. Wouldn't be Pruuudent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This particular skit was funny, but as a whole SNL completely sucks these days. It's utterly abysmal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        SNL was watchable in the Murray/Martin/Murphy/Chase/Akroyd years...

        It was still watchable in the Myers/Carvey/Hartman years, while Farley, Spade, Sandler, and some of those guys were still new.

        Once Myers and Carvey were gone, Farley was still a bit funny, Spade was getting stale, and Sandler was getting predictable, and the show kind of sunset.

        Ferrell has his moments that he is great when he is on, but then weird when he isn't quite on. Kattan was similar, but not 'on' as often.

        Ever since, it has been a string of belabored premises, and cheap stereotypes, and has fallen to the point where I don't even try to turn it on, and haven't for years. I can't really stand 30 Rock, or Parks and Rec, either. It seems like a high-school clique of new york comedic actors that just serve themselves, and aren't identifiably funny anymore.

        A lot of those later actors were better when tied a bit more to a screenplay with decent writing, but even some of their movies were badly written, and even some of the early guys like Murphy and Chase have had dogs for movies, and even one of my very favorites, Mike Myers, pushed the brilliant Austin Powers franchise too far.

        It seems like a cultural thing that they keep recycling the same old material for any possible angle, and they keep pushing it long after it has run out of gas.

        They have long since given up making fun of everyone, and now only make fun of those who it is popular to make fun of. It has gotten too political and politically correct for true humor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That *was* funny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anyone remember when people didnt say that about every new season? I dont. People have never been happy about new SNL, the seasons with Farley, Sandler, Chris Rock, etc were so low in the ratings that the show was almost canceled yet they are now considered some of the best ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. I clicked on it to start the video, and the advertisement before the SNL clip was.... for Toyota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I got a Skittles commercial................ Random.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I got one touting Lexus's head start on hybrids. LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      Got em!!!!!! lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      funny
      • 5 Years Ago
      And the skit was sponsored by Ford....Huh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny thing is, when I watched it, it started with one of those toyota pats itself on the back commercials.
        Former S-owner
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anyone else remember the Audi jokes from 20 years ago? There was the play on American Express' tagline "Don't leave home without it" that became "Audi, don't let it leave home without you"
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol... I got a Ford ad. Screenshot: http://xeno.com/h/204405dd077174626a0ffeb7537ae8ac.png
        • 5 Years Ago
        No the skit is not "sponsored" by Ford. Ford is used as the punchline after using Toyota as the set-up (and foil).
        • 5 Years Ago
        You got a Ford ad? Huh, I got a Toyota ad.

        I always wonder about stuff like this, but I can't blame SNL for using Ford in this ad. It's probably the most well-known car company besides Toyota that offers multiple hybrid styles in its model lineup, and it's got a bunch of notable green manufacturing patents and concepts in its belt. They've researched everything from recycling plastic shipping crates into plastic bumpers all the way to building green roofs on Rouge River Manufacturing Plant to reduce energy consumption.

        If you're looking for a green car company besides Toyota for a comedy skit, purchase option or whatever, I'd say Ford is tough to beat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford should purchase the rights to this and start advertising!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, you idiot. Ford didn't 'sponsor' it...it was a spoof!
        • 5 Years Ago
        "When he played his video the ad was for Ford. Someone else below got Toyota, another got Lexus. I got Skittles..."

        Exactly. When I played it the second time, it was sponsored by Skittles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've always seen Ford as the company Toyota copied, in lock step, but at 7/8th the size (until recently, that is) and with better quality. Ford had and has the American consumer nailed down.

        I mean, look at the grill on the Edge and the grill on the HS250. Is that emblem oval? Why yes. I've even seen Toyota emblems that glow blue.

        So maybe that's why they picked Ford?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought it was pretty funny, but @Fatima does have a point. At least they didn't do a "Toonces' the Cat" style ending.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats pretty tasteless considering its a re-enactmant of sorts of what happend to the one family in california that died.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dangit - 'IS' is ok....
        • 5 Years Ago
        omg
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it ok with you to make movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Son of Sam, Hostel, etc, etc etc...? Does everything have to be Rudy and Rain Man? If we lived in your world I'm sure I'd commit suicide in hopes someone would make a comedy out of it.
      • 5 Years Ago
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