Andrew and Luke at TBTL (my absolute favorite podcast: I haven’t missed an episode in four years) were discussing this old Quiznos commercial on Tuesday’s episode. I’d completely forgotten about this bizarro TV ad that somehow made it onto national television in 2004 and put Quiznos on the map. Quoth Luke Burbank:
"The other reason to love Quiznos, beyond the fact that they heat everything up, is that they had these ‘spong monkeys’ ads… if you see the animal that was singing that song in that commercial, it is amazing that this was made… it’s mind blowing that this happened. They look they’re probably, like, some kind of a small rodent but they’ve super imposed googly eyes and what looks like a pork pie hat on one of them… and one has an admiral’s hat on and it’s playing a guitar. They’re just floating in front of a Quiznos that’s in a strip mall… it’s just great."
I have nothing but respect for the advertising executive who went into that pitch meeting with Quiznos corporate with this commercial on a VHS tape in his briefcase. I like to think that he stood up, cleared his throat, straightened his tie and started with “Okay, I’m going to need everyone to keep an open mind…”