Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bribery! Obscenity! The Kansas City Star!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2007 at 4:59 PM

We recently ran across this video on YouTube, which baffled us. Using a Sopranos-like logo, its plotline involves mafia-type sales reps in The Kansas City Star’s advertising department yelling obscenities into the phone and blackmailing clients with naughty pictures of adulterous encounters with Bazooka's Showgirls.

When the credits rolled, I noticed that Dick Snow, the owner of Bazooka’s, appeared as himself. I sent him an e-mail to ask what was going on.

“That little video was for an in-house sales meeting; a contest between sales teams at the Star,” he wrote back. “That video was made by Paul Terry, a local attorney, who is the husband of Julie Terry, a sales manager at the Star. Before law school Paul had an advertising agency that handled Bazooka's print, radio, and POS advertising. Indeed, I played a part in that bit, but I have actually never seen it, although I've heard it was pretty funny.”

Uh-huh. Chances are there it’s chock full of inside jokes that made the Star’s ad reps howl, the kind of stuff no one outside their office will get. For a family-friendly paper, though, it’s surprising how much the story relies on strippers named Boom Boom and attacks with blunt instruments. If they were going to go that route, give us C.W. Gusewelle’s head stuck in a vice, Goodfellas-style!

Anyway, Terry hadn’t returned my call before I decided this was just too good to wait any longer before sharing it with Plog readers. Bada boom! – Peter Rugg

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