The Nations Twenty-One Best Local Ads

Local Ads hold a weird place in our hearts.  Yes, we’re talking about those  small companies that make their own ads and fill them with enough love, weirdness and creativity to get your attention on a non-existent budget.   After holding a contest for the best local ads on television, we had so many that we loved that we couldn’t choose just one winner.  And even after putting up our top 6 we felt like too much talent was left off the table.  So now we bring you our list of the twenty best local ads, past and present.  Enjoy.

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1.  Family Auto Mart, Florida

This was the ad that sparked the idea for this list.  It’s really unbeatable.  The benchmark by which all local ads are judged.

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2.  Mr. Spriggs BBQ, Oklahoma

You WILL be singing this song for days, and wishing you had good bbq where you live.

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3.  Jesus Christ Bail Bonds. Maryland

Talk about creativity?  It’s overflowing.  Of course, they don’t quite have acoustics and editing down.

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4.  Vern Fonk Insurance, Washington

Vern Fonk has an endless list of ads, all fantastic.  Check them all out.

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5.  Frankie and Johnnie’s, New Orleans

Frankie and Johnnie’s furniture store also has a long list of great ads.

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6.  On the Rox Liquors, New York

He’s smooooooooooooooooooooooooth.

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7.  Divine Rags, Tennessee

This proprietor really knows what a woman wants.

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8.  Mo Money Mo Taxes, Mississippi

Momoneymotaxes.com has a long and colorful past that includes accusations of some unsavory practices, and the CEO getting arrested in 2011.

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9.  Johnson automotive, Raleigh N.C.

Johnson has an entire series of Badger Commercials and we love them all.  Here is sexist badger.  Check out this compilation of the best of the badger.

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10.  Gordy Dodd, Canada Furniture Store

Gordy likes movies.  And he really likes parody.  And we like Gordy.  See many more here.

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11.  H Jack’s Super Plumber, Ohio

This is a true local commercial in every way.

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12.  Crazy Gideon, Los Angeles

He’s like Crazy Eddie for the West Coast.  But why does he keep breaking all his stuff?  Oh yeah, he’s crazy.

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13.  Eagle Insurance, Illinois

Eaglewoman is dropping her rates all over the Chicago-land area.

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14.  Dave Campo, Car Evangelist, Latham Motors, Idaho

Latham Motors is gone, and poor Dave passed away last year.  But sometimes you gotta go back to the 80s to find a real pro who can show you how it’s done, OH OH!

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15.  Carpet Mart, Eastern Pennsylvania

We don’t know what selling carpets has to do with Ghost Busting, but that’s some fancy equipment he’s rocking.

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16.  Uncle Majic, Brooklyn

What, you didn’t know there were hip hop magicians!?

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17.  Tucson Appliance Company, Arizona

We have to hand it to this guy for having the balls to do the worst Bill Murray impression we’ve ever seen.

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18.  Fireworks Outlet, Alabama

Say hello to bang-bang and boom-boom.

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19.  Bedding Barn, Mass Massachusetts

The Bedding Barn ads make zero sense at all.  And is that a half shirt?  They have an endless supply of ads to choose from.

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20.  Suburban Auto Group, Oregon

It feels like it’s cheating because it’s the ad was created by a small agency and then syndicated to other dealerships, but they were originally created for Suburban Auto Group so they make the list.

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21.  Eastern Motors, DC Area

John Witherspoon + Another awesome song = win.  Check out the Ray Lewis, Clinton Portis, Lavar Arrington version too.

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