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Most Brutal Prankvertising Stunt Yet Might Kill You Before It Can Save You

We've written here and there about prankvertising and the joy marketers seem to derive from scaring the crap out of people in public places. This video eclipses them all, though, for the sheer...

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Grumpy Cat Is Not OK With You Drinking at Prom

The curmudgeonly mug of Tardar Sauce, the Internet sensation known informally as Grumpy Cat, has been spotted on an outdoor board promoting a dry prom in Elizabeth, Pa. A picture of the board greatly...

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Comedy Troupe Prepares to Improvise Three-Minute Ad on Live TV

Forgetting that a lot of improv comedy stinks, ad agency 18 Feet & Rising is partnering with British improv troupe Mischief Theatre to produce a live ad that will air on U.K. Comedy Central on the...

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YouTube's 10 Most-Watched Ads in May

Let the games begin! Sony and Microsoft stormed Adweek and YouTube's Ads Leaderboard in May as both companies introduced their next-gen gaming consoles—the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—in teaser videos....

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Big Mac Beguiles in 8 Crazy, Wonderful Short Ads From Translation

A McDonald's campaign that's so playful and pleasing that you want to watch it again and again? This is not happening! This is not happening! I figured I'd be snug in my grave, providing a happy meal...

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IBM's Outdoor Ads Actually Try to Be Useful and Make Cities Better

IBM's technology is helping cities get smarter in innumerable ways. Now, its outdoor advertising is doing the same—by making simple little improvements to the landscape. A triad of outdoor ads from...

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Robert Rodriguez Serves Up Two Scoops, a Featurette for BlackBerry

In an attempt to become relevant again, BlackBerry is jumping into the movie business—though shorter than feature length. Two days after wrapping Sin City 2, awe-inspiring film director Robert...

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Soaking-Wet Padma Lakshmi Leads Parade of Bravolebrities Into Network's...

No one feels sorry for Jeff Lewis, and most everybody wants to see Padma Lakshmi in a soaking-wet cocktail dress. These and other truisms come through in Bravo's just-launched summer 2013 commercial,...

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Tiny Billboards for Dollar Shave Club Will Soon Appear in Bushy Beards Across...

It was probably just a matter of time before Whit Hiler and Michael Dubin worked together. Hiler—the ass-kicking Kentucky adman, flier-making crazy person and mastermind of Beardvertising—has lured...

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Watch the Most Bafflingly Awesome New-Product Demo of 2013 So Far

Everyone is raving about NeverWet, a spray-on waterproof coating that Rust-Oleum is manufacturing and distributing in North America in return for royalty payments. I didn't get what all the fuss was...

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Kia's Man and Woman of Now: Two of the Most Irritating Ad Characters Ever

Australian yuppie hipsters … crikey, who better to pitch cars in Kia commercials? The answer appears to be anyone, judging by the pervasive negative reactions to the automaker's "Man of Now"/"Woman of...

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espnW Shows You How to Portray Women Athletes in Advertising

Those still annoyed by Roxy's sexualized portrayal of a woman athlete will enjoy this more kick-ass 30-second spot for espnW. The first brand promo for the ESPN property, it broke Tuesday night during...

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Belgian Bank Pulls Seriously Creepy Prank to Warn You About Identity Theft

Witness the cautionary prankvertising in this viral spot for a Belgian bank warning you not to give out financial information online. Recounting more than just a simple case of credit-card fraud, the...

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British Ad With Mom Showing Off Cleavage to Her Son's Friends Escapes Censure

Undeniably stupid, but worth banning? That was the tough call facing Britain's ad watchdog as it dealt with 176 complaints over the spot below, for soft drink Irn-Bru. The plot, such as it is,...

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Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Video Is Killing It in Its First 24 Hours Online

The stats suggest you've probably watched this already, but here it is again—the official gameplay video for Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V, coming Sept. 17. Gaming spots often blow up quickly online,...

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Ad of the Day: Skype Crosses Continents in Evocative Family Spots

When I left Uganda, it was in the middle of the night," says Denis, the newly minted Pennsylvanian in "The Impossible Family Portrait," perhaps the most effective spot in Pereira & O'Dell's series...

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Fishing Ad in Times Square Openly Loathes the Big City

Colle+McVoy has its fishcake and eats it too in a new Times Square ad campaign urging people to get the hell out of New York already … and go fishing. The Minneapolis agency is kicking off the summer...

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Project Runway Billboard for Season 12, Awash in Naked Models, Will Run in...

It's an image that was nearly too hot for Los Angeles, a town that regularly sees bare bums and lithe bodies in various states of undress along its famous streets and highways. But after some...

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Wexley School for Girls Is Neither a School nor Exclusively Female

SpecsWho Partners and executive creative directors Ian Cohen (l.), Cal McAllisterWhat Ad agencyWhere Seattle offices Wexley’s crazy name, perhaps the oddest in the business, is a point of pride for...

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Bruce Lee Rises Again in Johnnie Walker Ad, but He's Not All There

Re-enter the dragon? Johnnie Walker and BBH resurrect Bruce Lee via CGI technology (and footage of lookalike actor Danny Chan) for this boring Chinese commercial. The spot, approved by Lee's daughter...

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