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40+ Humorous Print Ads

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

 

Tums Extra: Lamb

 

Bearded Lady Bourbon: The Search

 

Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Hedgehog/Fish

 

Playtex: Tattoo Boy

 

The Cape Times: William

 

Nataraj Pencils: Wrecking Ball

 

Energy Australia: Treadmill

 

Huggies/Kimberly Clark: Political

 

New York International Latino Film Festival: Serial Killer Movie Recipe

 

Milky Way: Skaters

 

Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Car Jack/Glass Truck

 

Etch A Sketch: Sushi

 

San Francisco SPCA: Waiting Room

 

Old Spice Swagger: Action Hero

 

Alo Ultra: Spaghetti Napolitan

 

Maxam Civilization: Egypt

 

Blackstar Bikes: Panda

 

3M Scotch Tape: Chameleon

 

Ferretti Yachts: When the Master’s Away

 

Pymes Magazine: Milk

 

Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Portaloo/Hearse

 

Kaleva Newspaper: Underground

 

Santher: Misses

 

Visa: Stanley Cup Playoff Beard

 

El Comercio Newspaper: Pig

 

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

 

Witte Molen: Last Wish

 

Wrigley Orbit: Cow

 

3M Privacy Filter: For Your Eyes Only

 

Bench Fix Hairstyling Products: Gecko

 

Volia Broadband: King Kong

 

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

 

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.