Remembering Tim Conway, advertising funnyman

Legendary funnyman Tim Conway, whose gift for physical
comedy—and his ability to make his fellow castmates on the
“Carol Burnett Show” break character and dissolve into
bellylaughs—has died at the age of 85.

“I’ve never been comfortable as the star,” Conway told the
Archive of American Television, according
to his NPR obituary
. “I don’t feature myself as being the head
man. I would much rather stand in the background and make small,
funny things go, than be up at the head of the class.”

But Conway’s talent leapt forward in his TV shows and humor
sketches as well as a number of TV commercials, where he appeared
as himself, or as his character Dorf the Golfer, or most
hilariously, with his “Burnett” straightman Harvey Korman.

Here we recall some of Conway’s classic commercials.

For Lay’s potato chips, Conway set out to prove that you
really can eat just one.

The comedian’s trademark bumbling is all over this 1978
commercial for banking group Manufacturer’s Hanover, in which
it’s suggested that with his savings, Conway should buy a tape
deck. (Note to anyone born after 1990: You can Google what that
is.)

Here is Conway advertising the “Dorf Golf Bible”
video collection on VHS. (You can look that one up too.)

But Conway was at his best when paired with sidekick
Korman, as he is in the spots below, though sadly it looks as if
the creative directors didn’t allow the pair to go off
script.

For Fruit & Fibre, they debate about the name.

Conway plays Johnny Appleseed to his mom (Korman) in a pitch for
Hi-C 100.

For pain relief remedy Contac, meet Conway and Korman
the newsreaders.

But Conway was always at his side-splitting greatest when he got
to riff, so we’re cheating by including a couple of Carol Burnett
sketches rather than ads. Here’s his slow tumble.

And we’ll end with a classic, Conway’s famed elephant story.

Source: FS – _Marketing
Remembering Tim Conway, advertising funnyman