Verizon has a new pitchman,
Apparently some viewers consider him to be funny. Actual answer — he is cringeworthy, an embarrassment to men. Let us consider in more detail
He plays a socially awkward nerdy type. But he doesn’t actually seem to have true nerdy skillz, like being able to write computer programs or the like. This probably makes him less threatening to many viewers. So what does he have going for him? People feel sorry for him. I know, that isn’t much, but is seems to play well here.
Supposedly this is all amusing. I would be grateful if somebody out there could explain how this works. Perhaps one has to be a millennial. They are, after all, who the ad is targeted at, as they are young and easily influenced.
This seems to be just one more case of doofus incompetent men being portrayed on TV both in shows and commercials. Consider how many incompetent females you see on TV. Please describe your list in the comments.
Now consider this Verizon Guy from times past.
He is a nerdy kind of guy, but he is competent and doing something useful (yes, I know that they don’t do it exactly that way). He is also not obviously social awkward. He is not cringeworthy.
He has since found work pitching for Sprint
He is still a bit nerdy, but he is pitching the product on its merits. I have much more respect for this compared to trying to be funny, but failing in a cringeworthy fashion.