Celebrities and commercials will always be a winning combination.
Seeing your favourite actor, sportsperson or model endorsing a product will, most of the time, at least make you wonder what that particular product is.
Here are the funniest and wittiest ever seen on television commercials featuring celebrities. Enjoy!
Matthew McConaughey – Lincoln
The actor has raised eyebrows in the US for moving from Oscar-winning movie roles to a car commercial. However, the talented McConaughey, as he always does, delivered superbly and made the ad the stuff of legend!
The actor is seen driving a Lincoln only to find his path blocked by a huge bull. He then starts talking to himself, in his most distinctive and beloved Southern drool.
“That’s a big bull,” he whispers. “I think that’s ol’ Cyrus.” Picture that in his voice and you’ll have a commercial for the history books.
Funny enough, McConaughey pays respect to “ol’ Cyrus” and decides to turn the car back and leave him be.
Classy act, just what Lincoln was looking for!
Tim Duncan and Derrick Rose – Foot Locker
This superb Foot Locker commercial plays on NBA’s legend Tim Duncan and his boring reputation to the most hilarious effect.
Derrick Rose, at the time when the ad came out, was playing for the Chicago Bulls and one of the biggest names in basketball. He supposedly calls Duncan at home to tell him about a special promotion back in the stores.
In his most distinctive monotone voice, Duncan replies: “That’s insane. I’m bouncing off the walls,” while sitting composed in an armchair.
“He never gets this excited,” Rose says while putting him on the loudspeaker for some boys to hear.
Duncan then gingerly tips over a mini-cactus on his end table, creating a hilarious effect for the viewers, who get a rare sight of an athlete who as incredible as he is on the court, he is also as mysterious as he can be.
Kudos to the writers for having the former San Antonio Spurs player answer the phone with a professional “Tim Duncan,” exactly what everyone thinks he would do.
Mr Bean – Snickers
Snickers created a series of commercials featuring the beloved British actor Rowan Atkinson, aka Mr Bean, exclusively for the UK market.
The ads are downright hilarious as Mr Bean tries to master various ninja techniques, playing on the company’s famous logo “you’re not you when you’re hungry”.
Snickers also capitalises on Atkinson’s role in the popular “Johnny English” movie series, where the British actor plays a secret agent, with obvious hysterical results.
Rowan Atkinson is simply perfect when it comes to marketing a product. His signature moves and grimaces, his effortless goofiness and his everlasting comic value make Mr Bean the ideal face for commercials.
Bruce Willis – Seagram’s
US actor Bruce Willis is mostly known (and much loved!) for action movies, where he effortlessly defeats dozens of bad guys and almost always ends up saving the entire humanity.
So it’s a huge surprise for us to see the tough-looking man that Willis is, dancing and singing like a pop star!
During the mid-’80s, the beverage company Seagram’s started featuring the actor singing and dancing his heart out on a porch with some friends, while celebrating Seagram’s Golden Wine Coolers.
“Hey big fellas, look here,” he croons. “It’s wet and it’s dry — my, my, my. Me and the boys love, love, love it all the time.”
The commercial made Seagram’s more popular than ever and Willis got the chance to show he was more than just a tough guy.
Unfortunately, Seagram’s and Willis had to terminate their partnership after the actor was caught drunk driving on the streets of Los Angeles!
Jennifer Aniston — Smart Water
The beloved Rachel from the popular “Friends” series has been the face of Smart Water since 2007 and, boy does she look classy in their ads!
Thanks to the fancy water brand, Aniston gives her many fans an insight into the glamorous life she allegedly leads.
The actress participates in a satirical video, endorsing the product. Supposedly security tapes of Jeniffer’s private moments at her home had been leaked from an unknown source.
In the beginning, viewers were left thinking that, the videos leaked were the real deal!
However, the genius marketeers of Smart Water wanted to play with the fire of speculations that Jen was expecting, depicting a heavily pregnant Jennifer, who was expecting triplets, and enjoying her water in her house and going about her everyday chores, errands and generally being a normal person.
However, despite the comical setting, Aniston manages to come out just like Rachel in “Friends”, a regular next-door girl – albeit with a taste for expensive water!
The commercials went viral, thanks to the actress’ natural ability to make everything look refined, even a humble bottle of water!
Terry Crews – Old Spice
Former American football player later turned actor Terry Crews has been the face of Old Spice for countless years, alongside actor Isaiah Amir Mustafa, playing the role of “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like”.
It’s fair to say all Old Spice commercials manage to nail it, but the one released in 2012 wins the first prize.
Midway through an ad for fabric-softener company Bounce, actually a direct competitor of the brand, Crews crashes in with a jet ski to sell the latest, and, according to him, better fragrance in the line of Old Spice body sprays.
Sporting the tightest yellow shorts, while flexing his pecks – his signature and slightly disturbing move – Crews not only endorses the brand but somehow plays down the competition!
Rowdy, loud and over the top, Crews is at his absolute best in this commercial!
Drake – Apple Music
Combine a giant like Apple with another giant of hip-hop like Drake and the result will be one of the funniest and most iconic commercials of recent times.
Pure marketing genius!
In a sort of sequel to a previous ad featuring Taylor Swift sweating it out in the gym while listening to the Canadian rapper’s hit “Jumpman”, in this one Drake waits until he’s alone in a gym before blasting Swift’s “Bad Blood” on his iPhone.
After displaying his famous moves in front of the mirror, he heads over the bench press, but he hilariously underestimates just how much weight is on the bar.
Building an unexpected relationship between Swift and Drake, Apple, as usual, goes where now no one dares and proves once again that music truly has no boundaries.
The result is a commercial that goes out to be pure and simple entertainment.
John Cena – Gillette
When a world-famous wrestler like John Cena endorses a product, we expect nothing short of a hefty dose on manhood and intimidation. Well, Gillette provided just the right platform for this!
The wrestler teams up with Gillette Fusion Power razors for a series of “Be a Superstar” ads, showing Cena going into full rampage mode while enthusiastically knocking over garbage cans, folding chairs and generally destroying everything in his path, in the attempt of showing the Gillette product.
The commercial uses the hidden camera technique, most likely a reference to Cena’s catchphrase “You can’t see me” and shows the muscleman invading some very personal space to force a few unsuspecting souls, to accept the “ProGlide Challenge.”
The commercial works magnificently! Cena is a true natural, as comfortable when endorsing a shaving product as he is when he throws people off the ropes.
And bear in mind…if he asks you to shave, you go ahead and shave!
Michael Jackson – Pepsi
The perennial battle between Coke drinkers and Pepsi drinkers suddenly got much more heated in 1983, when the King of Pop Michael Jackson struck a $5 million partnership that would break every record for a celebrity endorsement deal.
Link the two entities for over a decade and set the bar for every marketing campaign that would follow. The commercial features a modified version of MJ’s hit “Billie Jean” as the commercial’s jingle, with the singer flashing his unparalleled dance moves to the lucky few witnesses around.
While Jackson’s brothers are present as backup singers, this unforgettable piece of television history really became the absolute king of commercials.
The trend of Pepsi signing world-famous music stars as endorsers has continued to the present day, with stars, such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Pink and Britney Spears, lending their name to the brand.
Ben Affleck – Burger King
Ben Affleck starring in a 1989 Burger King commercial is a true blast from the past!
The commercial features a teenager Affleck, sporting a delightful 80’s hairdo driving his battered car as his car phone rings – an added bonus for the presence of a car phone, remember them?
On the other end of the call, a sexy woman voice asks: ”Hi, is this Burger King?” The California-born actor grabs the chance, and, while spotting a nearby Burger King, he nonchalantly answers: “Yeah, this is Burger King.”
“Would you deliver a chef’s salad?”
“For you, absolutely,” he replies with a satisfied smile on his face.
After picking up the salad for the lady, Affleck drops the meal on her front porch before getting a call (on his car phone, more extra points!) from his dad ordering him to get back home immediately.
“When you want to give people what they want, sometimes you gotta break the rules,” a voiceover says.
In just 30 seconds of the commercial, Affleck manages to play both the teenager playboy and the obedient son, all accompanied by a reassuring 80’s feel-good mood.
Too good to be true!
Jason Alexander – McDonald’s
Jason Alexander’s commercial for McDonald’s, which is now sadly defunct, is one of the best pieces of advertisement ever seen on television.
Best known for playing one of the finest sitcom characters of all time, the quirky but lovable George Costanza actor in Seinfeld, endorsed plenty of commercials throughout his career, from Hershey’s Kisses to Lipton Soup, to Delta Gold potato chips.
Those were good, but forgettable, whereas his McDLT commercial definitely earns a spot on our list. The ad features Alexander asking an all-too-willing group of total strangers whether their hamburgers are boring. He then breaks into singing, with the strangers becoming suddenly infused in the singing and dancing with a strong longing for the McDonald’s new burger.
“The beef stays hot/ The cool stays crisp/ Put ’em together/ You can’t resist,” the actor vigorously croons.
Whether you were a fan or not of the bygone burger, Alexander’s commercial remains one of the funniest of all time.
Ryan Reynolds – Hyundai
US actor Ryan Reynolds is the absolute (and the sole!) superstar of this 2016 Hyundai commercial, who takes place in a fictional town, aptly called “Ryanville.”
In fact, in this hugely popular ad, every citizen of Ryanville looks like, you guessed it, Reynolds himself! The handsome biker, the handsome policeman, the handsome construction workers, the handsome ice cream vendor, they are all graced with the Canadian actor’s great looks.
Hence, everyone, including and especially the drivers, are particularly distracted. The ad features two women driving their new Hyundai Elantra, while listening to Salt-n-Pepa’s 1993 masterpiece “Whatta Man” (extra points for that!), who are spared from an accident thanks to the car’s automatic emergency braking, which prevents them from running over a startled but an adorable Reynolds walking his fluffy Corgi.
Marketing creativity at its best!