If you thought me frivolous for showcasing a daggone chewing gum commercial on this blog, hang on... I’m not done.
For one thing, the “lint-licker” ad has been hailed far and wide across the internets. Last May, the PopEater blog declared: “This Orbit commercial is one of the funniest things we’ve ever seen.”
On first viewing (mere weeks ago), I tripped out on “Pickle you, kumquat!” But now, it’s all about “You lint-licker!” – about as perfect a moment of comic acting as you will find in any medium.
I had to find out more about that actress.
Her name is Jesse Copano. Actually, that’s her married name. She’s also known as Jesse Meriwether.
I would’ve bet money that Jesse had an improv background... like Stephanie Courtney from those Progressive Insurance spots. That doesn’t appear to be the case, though. She got her start doing plays in New Orleans.
Jesse Copano is doing well for herself as a commercial actress. (Movie blogger Joe Blevins calls her “the Meryl Streep of TV commercials.”) But I hope bigger things are in store for her.
Below are two of her other spots. Matter fact, these are the first two jobs Ms. Copano got after moving to Los Angeles.