Vanessa Bayer Comes On to Everyone in an Elevator in Audi’s Fifty Shades of Grey Spoof

More clumsy kinkyness

Last week, Trojan took the piss out of the BDSM-light hype around Fifty Shades of Grey. And now Audi is joining the party with a new parody ad.

Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer stars as a try-hard version of the book-cum-movie's protagonist, Anastasia Steele. The spot, created with Venables Bell & Partners, mimics the famous scene in the elevator, where Christian Grey kisses Anastasia for the first time. But Bayer brings along a collection of sex toys and makes clumsy come-ons to anyone and everyone who happens along (kind of like she's been eating too many Red Velvet Oreos).

The interplay between Bayer and her victims is pretty hilarious—tightly written and perfectly delivered. And while the brand tie-in might feel tacked on, it isn't really.

Audi lucked into the storyline of the novel. Grey is an enthusiast, and gives Steele one as a gift. The automaker bought into the movie as well, with a product placement deal for five different cars. It's juicing the connection—a separate German ad hawking the Audi R8 Spyder treats Grey like a sex symbol on par with George Clooney.

Given the official connection, Audi might get more credit than Trojan for poking fun at the movie—though both seem to be trying to make audiences feel better about being inept at bondage. Or maybe it's making like the lead actors and hedging against what they apparently think will be a dud film.

Regardless, Audi certainly deserves points for bravery. Try to keep a straight face when Bayer starts twirling a set of Ben Wa balls around her finger. She can barely keep from laughing, too.


Client: Audi

Agency: Venables Bell & Partners

Executive Creative Directors: Paul Venables, Will McGinness

Creative Director: Erich Pfeifer

Art Director: Byron Del Rosario

Copywriter: Meredith Karr

Director of Integrated Production: Craig Allen

Agency Executive Producer: Mandi Holdorf

Agency Producer: Ryan Wilson

Production Company: Biscuit Filmworks

Director: Clay Weiner

Director of Photography: Doug Chamberlain

Executive Producer: Holly Vega

Editing Company: Cut + Run

Editor: Isaac Chen

Assistant Editor: Eli Beck Gifford

Editorial Producer: Joanna Hall

Music Company: Search Party

Composer: Chris James

Mix: Mark Pitchford at M Squared

Visual Effects: Apache

Account Director: Nicole Spinelli

Account Manager: McKenna Pickett

Project Manager: Talya Fisher