'Funniest Commericals of the Year' Hits 10th Anniversary, Adds Host Gabriel Iglesias
Doritos is among the companies whose ads cracked 2014's top 10
Christmas is coming early for fans of wacky ads.
Funniest Commercials of the Year airs Thursday, Dec. 18, on Spike, with this year marking the special's 10th anniversary. And while the show's focus has always been on finding the most gut-busting ads from the U.S. and around the globe, things will be different this time around. For one, comedian Gabriel Iglesias is hosting the show for the first time.
"One of the big changes [for ads] is that now, with the Internet and all kinds of different platforms, commercials have gotten longer," creator Robert Dalrymple told The Hollywood Reporter. "Companies make commercials just for the Internet now."
However, Dalrymple, whose job it is to hunt down the most amusing spots, pointed out that the appeal of a memorable ad remains the same as always. "It still comes down to commercials are great self-contained stories, like mini movies," he said, explaining their enduring appeal.
Among the commercials that made the cut for this year's top 10 include Doritos' consumer-made "Time Machine," which aired during the Super Bowl, and an ad from State Farm's Hans and Franz campaign with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
This year is the first time that the special airs on Spike, and Dalrymple credits the network's execs for suggesting Iglesias to front the show. "He personalizes everything," Dalrymple said of Iglesias, highlighting that the comic is able to use his gift for voices to uniquely comment on the footage.
But which of this year's ads was Dalrymple's personal favorite? He had trouble choosing, as should be expected for someone as passionate about what he does as he is, but he managed to narrow down Stephen Colbert's Wonderful Pistachios spot as being at the top.
Funniest Commercials of the Year airs Thursday, Dec. 18, at 10 p.m. on Spike. See the Doritos "Time Machine" ad below.