Branson helps bring HBO cartoon to Virgin1

Richard Branson is showing up all over the place in Virgin's advertising lately. After playing the homeless-looking baggage handler in that love-tunnel spot for Virgin Trains, the company CEO now stars in this animated clip for The Life & Times of Tim, the HBO show that will premiere soon on the Virgin1 network in the U.K. If this spot is any indication, the cartoon stretches Family Guy-style "awkward conversation" jokes for episodes at a time. And Branson fits right in, going incognito as a Mexican stereotype in an effort to evaluate the standard of competitors' airlines. So, of course Tim confuses him with Diego, a male stripper with a huge dong. Which is an honest mistake, given that Branson once parachuted into Times Square wearing a nude suit to promote a cell phone.

—Posted by David Kiefaber