The Jerry Seinfeld/Bill Gates Commercial

When you have the opportunity to have Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld in a commercial, you expect something grand. After viewing this Microsoft ad below, I have to admit — it is one of the worst commercials I have ever seen.

One of the goals of this commercial is to be viral and in that area it certainly works — as people will talk about how bad it is and forward it around. As I watched — I wanted to laugh. I was hoping it would be funny — it just wasn’t.

So I came up with some lines that I think are funnier than anything in the commercial. They may not be home runs but hopefully you will like them.

If computers are so smart, why do I have to write my own jokes?

If computers are 1,000 times faster today than they were twenty years ago, why do they take so long to start up?

Microsoft has done so much for mankind, when will they start helping aliens?

I hear Superman uses Vista.

There is nothing better than Excel on Vista for managing where I parked my Porsches.

If any of these are used I will expect royalties of course. Big Top points are not accepted here.

  • David Blomstrom
    September 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    This ad is a milestone in something or other – stupidity, maybe. It’s certainly a fascinating study in psychology and propaganda. I’ve long been struck by Microsoft’s mean-spirited anti-anti-M$ campaign. People who report problems with Vista or other M$ nightmares are simply dismissed as stupid. Now, the same insults are being hurled at people who don’t see the humor in the Jerry Seinfeld ad.
    1) The ad is incredibly witty and funny. 2) My reaction was “WTF???” therefore, I’m stupid.
    Frankly, I think this ad is one of the best pieces of evidence yet that Bill Gates is MENTAL. Let’s face it, the dude born with the world’s biggest silver spoon in his mouth is going Michael Jackson on us.
    Even more frightening: The Bill Gates Fan Club is mental, too. Honestly, some of his supporters need therapy.
    One thing I think we can all agree on: Apple doesn’t need to worry about this ad. Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple is offering Gates another $300 million to extend the series.
    In the meantime, anyone who wants to learn more about the world’s richest fruit cake is invited to read my “knol” Bill Gates: A Critical Biography at http://knol.google.com/k/david-blomstrom/bill-gates/1i6e04re3w2kp/4#

  • bdtcomp
    September 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I think the ad was warm. Bill Gates is no longer an employee of Microsoft. He is a natural with Seinfeld.
    I agree that there will be more to come. We live in a world where computers have been taunted since 1977 to HELP MANKIND.
    That is the start of the story.

  • Alan Green
    September 13, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Maybe Bill Gates wants the role of Al Bundy ?
    and become famous in a sitcom.
    http://tiny.cc/z0v9b
    Bill Gates: please forget about your sitcom career.

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