Ad of the Day: Downy

Amy Sedaris and her Unstopables will get your clothes kooky clean

In Grey's new ad campaign for Downy Unstopables (yes, just one "p"), the popular fabric-softener brand is kicking the old "mom" image with spots featuring "laundry expert" (and accomplished lifestyle guru) Amy Sedaris.

Bereft of her favorite image enhancements—no one does a faux facial injury like Amy!—and all gussied up for TV, the actress exudes the charm of a housewife who's just escaped from an institution. "First, pour these feisty little scent boosters into the cap," she instructs as they spill onto the floor. "They work in any washer!" she adds, a bit too excitedly. "Top load, side load . . . your neighbor's washing machine." Next, it's time to set her loose on an unsuspecting couple. Downy Unstopables will "shake up your fresh like a cheerleader on espresso," she explains to the frightened pair, before making a delightfully creepy facial gesture toward the husband. "It's like you shoved a rainbow up your nose," she claims.

While there's certainly no shortage of overly perky saleswomen on TV, the lovably off-kilter demeanor that has boosted Sedaris to cult status helps her to steer clear of being irritating in these spots (here's looking at you, Progressive lady). And considering her penchant for smoked cheese balls, occasionally dangerous crafting, and pet rabbits, it's not hard to imagine that Sedaris could use a little Downy fresh.

Client: P&G's Downy
Spots: "How To," "Laundry Room"
Agency: Grey, New York    
Chief Creative Officer: Tor Myhren
Creative Director: Alice Ericsson
Art Director: Mark Fina
Copywriter: Alice Ericsson
Agency Producer: Bennett McCarroll    
Production Company: Crossroads Films, Los Angeles
Director: Dewey Nicks
Director of Photography: Carlos Veron
Editor: Stephane Dumonceau, Final Cut
Music/Sound Design: Don McNally
Principal Talent: Amy Sedaris