40+ Humorous Print Ads

Stacey Kole By Stacey Kole  |  Mar. 08, 2013

All work and no play, allegedly, makes Jack a dull boy. And advertisers seem to agree; globally, major brands seem more interested in making us laugh than selling a product; and for good reason: humor is one of the best ice-breakers. If a brand can make you happy, they can make you open your wallet.

With that in mind, ad execs often turn to the humorous, irreverent, or even outlandish to break through the clutter and demand attention. Sure, sometimes jokes fall flat; but do it well, and the effect goes beyond the eyes — to the brain, to the emotions, and most of all, to behavior change.

And so, for a bit of Friday fun, we thought we’d share some amusing, irreverent, strange and comical adverts from around the world. Enjoy!


3M Post-It: Making a Difference, Boyfriend

Post-it Boyfriend


Tums Extra: Lamb

Tums Extra


Bearded Lady Bourbon: The Search

Bearded Lady Bourbon


Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Hedgehog/Fish

VW Hedgehog


Playtex: Tattoo Boy



The Cape Times: William

The Cape Times


Nataraj Pencils: Wrecking Ball

Nataraj Pencils


Energy Australia: Treadmill

Energy Australia


Huggies/Kimberly Clark: Political



New York International Latino Film Festival: Serial Killer Movie Recipe

New York International Latino Film Festival


Milky Way: Skaters

Milky Way


Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Car Jack/Glass Truck

VW Car Jack


Etch A Sketch: Sushi

Etch A Sketch


San Francisco SPCA: Waiting Room



Old Spice Swagger: Action Hero

Old Spice


Alo Ultra: Spaghetti Napolitan

Alo Ultra


Maxam Civilization: Egypt

Maxam Civilization


Blackstar Bikes: Panda



3M Scotch Tape: Chameleon

3m Scotch Tape


Ferretti Yachts: When the Master’s Away

Ferretti Yachts


Pymes Magazine: Milk



Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Portaloo/Hearse

VW Portaloo


Kaleva Newspaper: Underground



Santher: Misses



Visa: Stanley Cup Playoff Beard



El Comercio Newspaper: Pig

El Comercio


Toshiba: Studying



Kyivstar: Shared Birdfeeder



Colgate Dental Floss: Smile, 3



Arjuna Yoga Centre: Woman



Volia Broadband: Titanic



Ibuprom: Woodpeckers



Santher: Scout



Sky Company Parachuting: Wind



MasterCard Canada: Women’s Golf Classic

MasterCard Canada


Witte Molen: Last Wish

Witte Molen


Wrigley Orbit: Cow

Wrigley Orbit


3M Privacy Filter: For Your Eyes Only

3M Privacy


Bench Fix Hairstyling Products: Gecko

Bench Fix Hair


Volia Broadband: King Kong

Volia Broadband


The Art Director’s Club: Keep Fighting the Good Fight, Illustration

Art Directors Club


McDonald’s: Tiffany



Which of these ads is your favourite? Do they do a good job of selling the product? Let us know what you think in the comments.