The best (and very worst) of AdFreak, 2008


Best Comeback: The “Whassup?” guys.

Charles Stone and the rest of the gang from the old “Whassup?” Bud commercials returned this year for a special pro-Obama election-themed spoof of their original ad. The last eight years were rough on them, but things are turning around. “Change. That’s whassup.”


Best Celebrity Endorsement: Gary Busey for GotVMail.

For pure entertainment value, no one could touch Busey, who offered manic, nonsensical business tips in a staggering 40 spots for GotVMail. Wrote one reader: “Truly crazy or acting crazy … he is funny.” Of course, it’s still unclear just what GotVMail is.


Worst Celebrity Endorsement: Ed McMahon for FreeCreditReport.

His rap video was little more than a sad exercise in self-debasement. Wrote one reader: “It’s amazing what they can do with dead people nowadays.”


Next page: The worst celebrity self-promotion, the biggest celebrity sellout, and the worst celebrity pairing in a commercial.