Funny Thai TV Commercials – The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple is the title I’ve tagged to the latest of the funny Thai TV commercials I’ve been highlighting on Beyond The Mango Juice.  And it’s one which in my opinion is very amusing due to an unexpected twist at the end. When first viewing it I didn’t anticipate its comical finale.

The commercial is for Bridgestone, a  tyre and rubber manufacturing company, with the former product being the focus of this funny advert. The plot is simple and its ending deliciously Thai.

A young man pulls up at his girlfriend’s parents house in his car and is met in the front courtyard by his sweetheart’s father (pictured right) who admires the Bridgestone tyres which adorn the new, but modest looking four-door saloon the young man has arrived in.

The boyfriend announces his intention is to escort the man’s daughter to church (sub-titled church but in reality a Buddhist temple), and somewhat unenthusiastically the father disappears into the house to tell his daughter of her boyfriend’s arrival.

I’ll let the YouTube video pick up the story of this very funny Thai TV commercial which is further evidence that in the world of funny TV adverts, Thailand sits right at the top of the tree. I think you’ll agree with that statement after you’ve watched this wicked advertisement for Bridgestone tyres.

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Martyn

I'm a sixty-year-old Englishman living in the town of Swindon in rural Wiltshire and I have a real deep desire to retire in Thailand one day. If you don't have a dream then you won't have a dream come true.

9 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    Martyn, I haven’t seen that one – hilarious!

  2. Martyn says:

    Catherine – You definitely have chosen the right word to describe it. Hilarious is a very apt description for a commercial whose ending caught me completely by surprise.

  3. Catherine says:

    Martyn, I guess that’s the beauty of Thai commercials. They often surprise. Many western commercials, while slick in presentation, are predictable.

  4. Martyn says:

    Catherine, the western world does produce some good adverts, but even funny ones like Fosters (Australian lager) don’t come anywhere near Thai adverts in terms of humour and originality. I think western advertisements have probably got too many rules and regulations (both legal and moral) to abide by, whereas Thailand has almost definitely not.

  5. Martyn says:

    DanPloy – Thanks for sharing another link, the advert is very funny with a tinge of sadness too. I hope the dog’s lover ended up pregnant and in a battered dogs home.

  6. Great stuff. Americans take for granted the $ spent on production of our commercials to make them even half decent. These foreign commercials show us what low budget gets you; unintentionally hilarious.

  7. Martyn says:

    Felipe – The Thai baht has certainly given the dollar rich US and Euro laden commercials a beating with this one. I think it really is a ‘top dollar advert’.

  8. Martyn,
    Do try Indian TV commercials, which are low budget yet slick and often funny
    Here’s a link to a song which is funny, low budget and went viral with over 3.5 mil hits!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR12Z8f1Dh8

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