It’s a conversation that happens twice a year, once near the beginning and once near the end. Do the clocks go back or forward one hour? The conversation was probably the result of many arguments back in the day before the internet and smartphones came along and adjusted time automatically for us. But still, the debate continues. That’s what Leigh Hart, Millen Baird and Jason Hoyte have tapped into for this new Hellers ad, by Moon Media in conjunction with Simpatico Advertising, in probably the most confusing way possible.
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Storage company National Mini Storage has for quite some time now been borrowing the comedic talents of Leigh Hart to convince Kiwis that storage might be a viable solution to their clutter. And in a new, completely ridiculous spot, the bald funny man advises that house-selling Kiwis with weirder interests might benefit from storing a few of their more unsightly items away.
The Alternative Commentary Collective (ACC) has since its inception in 2012 become a standard part of the Kiwi cricket experience for many fans, who tune in to enjoy a comedic twist on the usual ball-by-ball rundown of the games. Following on from the success of the iHeartRadio-hosted show, frequent contributors Leigh Hart and Jason Hoyte in March 2014 launched Sports Bhuja, a sports-related chat, comedy and music show, which initially aired on radio Hauraki on Saturday mornings—and the segment has proven so popular, that the pair have now been given a slot on Radio Hauraki’s drive time show.
The Late Night Big Breakfast, a pisstake of morning chat shows that started off on Moon TV, is set in a furniture shop and stars Leigh Hart, Jeremy Wells and Jason Hoyte, is two episodes in and it’s a study in ridiculous, awkward and often-physical humour. Some, like the Herald’s Greg Dixon, haven’t seen the funny side of the interrupting hosts, the confused guests, or the surreal segments. But others seem to like it. And while parodies of advertorials are low-hanging fruit from a comedy perspective, this industry can no doubt see the funny side of Hoyte’s beskivvied perfomances in Health Corner.
Over the course of the last few weeks, TVNZ has been riling up support of the Kiwi masses via a serious of humorous TVCs in anticipation of the cross-Tasman battle that will soon see team from New Zealand take on Australia in the latest rendering of The Amazing Race. The campaign has now been shifted into its next stage, which features a cross-Tasman tug of war and a mini Amazing Race featuring local celebs. PLUS: see which records were broken by the premiere of Resurrection.
A complaint levelled at a Hellers TVC that features comedian Leigh Hart barbecuing on the back of a moving ute has been upheld by the ASA for not abiding by the New Zealand Road Code. In the ad, Hart, who has been the face of the Hellers since 2006, gives another one of the ludicrous barbecuing tips that have have typified the ‘Hellers BBQ masters’ campaign.
Leigh Hart has a prominent role as the prat-falling face of Hellers. But he’s not stopping at meat. Now he’s moving into beer, with his new mostly fake brew Wakachangi—”a South Otago beer with North Canterbury flavours brewed by a West Coaster with the ol’ misty waters of the Waikato”—offering an entertaining commentary on how brewers market their wares.
Last month at the Grande Orca ceremony, MC Mike Hosking talked about how popular he was and, inbetween, announced some changes to the Radio Bureau’s monthly competition. But why read boring words when you could watch Leigh Hart and special guests Josh Lancaster and Jamie Hitchcock explain them (occasionally in musical form).
To leverage its sponsorship of the Radio category at this year’s Axis awards, the Radio Bureau ran a very impressive promotion to choose the decade’s best radio ad and gave away some top notch booty to the voters/winners on awards night, including a couple of round the world airfares. Now it has released its ‘unofficial’ Axis awards video, which, in a rare bacon-free performance, is hosted by ‘that guy’ Leigh Hart, whose typically awkward interviewing style and complete lack of shame makes for a fairly entertaining spiritual journey through the exciting world of advertising—and advertising stereotypes.