Spot On

After church on Sunday, my friend Mike was excited to tell me about a show he’s been watching on IFC. Since then, I’ve been catching up on episodes of “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” via OnDemand and online.

Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal are a comedy duo from North Carolina. In the show, they travel the country and make funny commercials for local businesses that couldn’t normally afford their services.

The episode that made Mike laugh featured pop musician Richard Marx. That particular episode is not currently available via OnDemand but you don’t have to look very far to find an unofficial copy of the segment online. Somehow Rhett & Link persuaded Richard to write a jingle for a colonic service called Fountain of Health. Mike is thinking about asking Richard to sing the jingle when he performs at the Tennessee Theatre in 2012. Set your DVRs. The colonic episode will be repeated at 1:00 p.m. on Labor Day during a five-hour “Commercial Kings” marathon.

I really liked the episode set in Asheville, North Carolina. Rhett & Link set out to find two businesses to promote, one that’s hippie and and one that’s hillbilly. They chose a local trash hauler and a “green burial” company called Bury Me Naturally.

My wife was amused by a commercial they did for a doughnut shop in Burbank that was walking distance from our old house. I know first-hand that George Lopez used to stop at Donut Prince on the way to his morning radio show. As a bit for his TBS show “Lopez Tonight,” he had Rhett & Link make a commercial for Donut Prince.  My wife recognized the owners as fellow parishioners at St. Finbar Church.

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