Tuesday Stir

By Kyle O'Brien 

John Cleese has some problems with WhistlePig and its 25-year aged single malt whiskey, the Badönkådonk, finished in a Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon barrel. The Monty Python and Fawlty Towers creator points out that even whiskey is spelled wrong on the packaging (it’s whisky in the U.K.). Then he tackles the silly name Badönkådonk, with varying degrees of success and disgust. But then he tastes a sip. The critic is silenced. “You must try it. (Or I will send a small posse of highly trained raccoons to tie you up and pour it into your cake-hole until you announce your arrival in Heaven),” said Cleese in a statement.

-Red Robin is going through a transformation and it has named Carmichael Lynch as its agency of record to help boost customer engagement.


-When media agencies score good deals for some marketers, smaller clients often cover the cost.

-Global job postings for marketing positions dropped 42% in 2023 compared with 2022, according to a new report from LinkedIn.

-Teleflora and The Wonderful Agency have created a two-hankie ad centered on the strong women who at some point added “mother” to their many dimensions.

-Paramount announced that Bob Bakish was stepping down from his role as CEO and from its board of directors.

-At the 60th Venice Biennale, Ukrainian creative agency Bickerstaff.734 sparked conversations with its thought-provoking “Bomb Shelter Map” campaign. The agency placed postcards and banners featuring bomb shelter maps throughout the Biennale venue and Venice tourist locations. They targeted visitors—influential art and opinion leaders worldwide during the preview days. While the maps may not be very useful for Italians or Europeans, for Ukrainians, this knowledge has become a real-life savior because of continuous and frequent bomb attacks all over the country.

Bickerstaff.734 has made a bomb shelter map to show what Ukrainians deal with on a daily basis.