Have you seen the Whopper Freakout commercial by Burger King?  I saw it tonight on TV and immediately visited the site to see the full 7 minutes and 49 seconds of hilarious footage.  In summary, the commercial does an outstanding job of showing the passion that BK customers have for the flame-broiled goodness of the Whopper.  BK makes cleverly makes this point by denying the customers of one store their favorite burger.

Andy Sernovitz, a Bazaarvoice advisor and founder of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), likes to say (I'm paraphrasing here) that advertising is the price brands have to pay for being uninteresting.  But occasionally some interesting advertising comes along that makes you laugh hysterically, possibly cry, and swear to tell your friends.  That's the goal.

I'm not really a customer of Burger King's (my parents were McDonald's franchisees for over 15 years, so that would be blasphemy!), but I do applaud their advertising creativity in recent years.  Subservient Chicken was a word of mouth sensation and the NFL replays that feature a cameo by the King had me laughing aloud.  Whopper Freakout extends the streak.  Well done, Burger King, well done.  Pun intended.   

29 Responses to “Whopper Freakout: An Ad Worth Talking About”

  1. Damn – I searched and searched the web when that ad first came out to see if it was Norm MacDonald. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so.

    I saw that Norm MacDonald hangs out in Vegas sometimes. He playes poker in tournaments occasionally.

    It is completely conceivable to me that that is Norm getting his whopper fix after a good smoke. I have to hear from the man himself if it isn’t.

  2. Damn – I searched and searched the web when that ad first came out to see if it was Norm MacDonald. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so.

    I saw that Norm MacDonald hangs out in Vegas sometimes. He playes poker in tournaments occasionally.

    It is completely conceivable to me that that is Norm getting his whopper fix after a good smoke. I have to hear from the man himself if it isn’t.

  3. heh… I got here by the same Google search… this is hilarious

  4. heh… I got here by the same Google search… this is hilarious

  5. My favorite part of this ad is that the Norm McDonald character is operating on a five second time delay. We were discussing what kind of drugs you have to ingest so that everything happening in the world takes five seconds to permeate your drug induced haze. Classic!

  6. My favorite part of this ad is that the Norm McDonald character is operating on a five second time delay. We were discussing what kind of drugs you have to ingest so that everything happening in the world takes five seconds to permeate your drug induced haze. Classic!

  7. My grandson was looking at TV with me when this commerial ran at around 8 pm (to early) and he turned around asked me, “Grandpa what does freakin mean”?????????? What would you have answered???? I told him the first thing that came to my mind… “IT MEANS WE WILL NOT EAT AT BURGER KING EVER AGAIN”………and that is the truth…….NEVER!!!!!!!
    Disgusted with them….. I called BK Corp. headquarters in FL….They gave me the “SO WHAT” attitude when I told them my family no longer are customers…..But When I called the local BK…..Managers there are just as appauled & shocked as I am. They were not aware of this ad…I have the commerical on TeVo….I made them a copy… There a franchise BK and are worried about sales now…..

  8. My grandson was looking at TV with me when this commerial ran at around 8 pm (to early) and he turned around asked me, “Grandpa what does freakin mean”?????????? What would you have answered???? I told him the first thing that came to my mind… “IT MEANS WE WILL NOT EAT AT BURGER KING EVER AGAIN”………and that is the truth…….NEVER!!!!!!!
    Disgusted with them….. I called BK Corp. headquarters in FL….They gave me the “SO WHAT” attitude when I told them my family no longer are customers…..But When I called the local BK…..Managers there are just as appauled & shocked as I am. They were not aware of this ad…I have the commerical on TeVo….I made them a copy… There a franchise BK and are worried about sales now…..

  9. Glennys,
    I have hurt you, deep. Don’t drag your family into this, our problems need to rest between the two of us. Come on down to any Burger King, and we can read TS Eliot poems to each other, while bathing and eating Whoppers. I promise, I get the “young people” those little delicious whipper snappers! Maybe we can play a quick game of hand strings with them while listening to some of that darn harpsichord music they love so much!

  10. Glennys,
    I have hurt you, deep. Don’t drag your family into this, our problems need to rest between the two of us. Come on down to any Burger King, and we can read TS Eliot poems to each other, while bathing and eating Whoppers. I promise, I get the “young people” those little delicious whipper snappers! Maybe we can play a quick game of hand strings with them while listening to some of that darn harpsichord music they love so much!

  11. Glennys Peter

    I, for one, will not be “freakin’ dissapointed” about not getting a whopper. I think the new ad campaigne is disgusting, cheap, and ignorant.

    If this is the only way they think they can communicate with our young people, SHAME ON THEM!!

    My family will NOT be a customer again. Ever!!

  12. Glennys Peter

    I, for one, will not be “freakin’ dissapointed” about not getting a whopper. I think the new ad campaigne is disgusting, cheap, and ignorant.

    If this is the only way they think they can communicate with our young people, SHAME ON THEM!!

    My family will NOT be a customer again. Ever!!

  13. I looked on the Internet and came across this posting. I was looking for “Norm McDonald and Burker King Ads” and came across this. That is so funny that I am not the only person in America who thought of this. I have a conspirary theory:

    They didn’t want to tell us that it was Norm McDonald b/c his name was too close to the Burger King competition (McDonalds). Was that him in a costume? hahaha.

  14. I looked on the Internet and came across this posting. I was looking for “Norm McDonald and Burker King Ads” and came across this. That is so funny that I am not the only person in America who thought of this. I have a conspirary theory:

    They didn’t want to tell us that it was Norm McDonald b/c his name was too close to the Burger King competition (McDonalds). Was that him in a costume? hahaha.

  15. On Norm Macdonald… I was thinking the exact same thing… I could have swore it was hi!

  16. On Norm Macdonald… I was thinking the exact same thing… I could have swore it was hi!

  17. Is it just me or do these commercials sort of make burger king look bad in a way that “whoppers are the only decent this we have” sort of way…I don’t usually eat there but I just thought these commercials were kind of funny in that aspect.

  18. Is it just me or do these commercials sort of make burger king look bad in a way that “whoppers are the only decent this we have” sort of way…I don’t usually eat there but I just thought these commercials were kind of funny in that aspect.

  19. Wow – American’s are fat! They really should stop selling the whopper. Oh, and it’s not funny – just sad

  20. Wow – American’s are fat! They really should stop selling the whopper. Oh, and it’s not funny – just sad

  21. Is it just me or doesn’t the guy at the end of the Whopper Freakout commercial look and sound like the comedian Norm MacDonald – I’m talking about the commercial with the two guys at the end. Guy on right makes his comment – Norm Macdonald guy (on the left) says, “yeah.” and sounds exactly like Norm Macdonald. Could this be the comedian at a BK in Las Vegas just hanging out – or is it his evil, long-haired twin?

  22. Is it just me or doesn’t the guy at the end of the Whopper Freakout commercial look and sound like the comedian Norm MacDonald – I’m talking about the commercial with the two guys at the end. Guy on right makes his comment – Norm Macdonald guy (on the left) says, “yeah.” and sounds exactly like Norm Macdonald. Could this be the comedian at a BK in Las Vegas just hanging out – or is it his evil, long-haired twin?

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