For several decades in Winnipeg, local entrepreneur Nick Hill wrote, produced and starred in his own TV commercials for his business, Kern Hill Furniture Co-op. His signature style, phrasing and delivery made him a living legend in The Peg. Love him or hate him, you could not ignore him. Here's a typical ad from 1986:
Eventually, Nick Hill's son Andy joined him in the business and also on the TV ads. Andy's patter and style weren't quite as slick as the old man's but he was always enthusiastic. Here's a 1996 ad featuring both of them:
When Nick Hill died in 2003, the mayor of the city eulogized him as "a civic treasure." Nick Hill and his TV ads truly were (and still are) Winnipeg icons.
Recently, the Winnipeg Humane Society created a TV ad spoofing the old Kern Hill Furniture Co-op style. Andy Hill (now middle-aged) does a great job of pushing cats for adoption using every Kern Hill cliché and buzz phrase. This ad has been wildly successful and is now promising to go viral on YouTube. Watch and enjoy!