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Gin and Topics: Triumph the Insult Dog and Cats Playing Patty Cake

By: Gini Dietrich | June 22, 2012 | 

Is anyone a dog whisperer? Jack Bauer has decided, of late, between 4:05 and 4:08 is the appropriate time to get up every morning.

I’ve tried making him stay put until 5:00, which is when we normally get up, but he’s a 100 pound dog who jumps up on the bed if you don’t pay attention to him.

And, let’s be real, 4 a.m. is early even for me.

If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears. I’d like just another 50-55 minutes of sleep. Is that too much to ask?

And speaking of dogs…if you watch only one Gin and Topics video this week, it has to be the one in the #1 spot. I promise you, it will be the best eight minutes you spend.

5. Jordan Knight Makes Old Navy Ad. Deb Dobson and I laughed and laughed at this. If you remember the commercials that sold you mixed tapes, you will think this is hilarious. I’m kind of jealous of Old Navy. Super freaking brilliant YouTube ad campaign!

4. Thank You Hater! Mr. D sent this to me…it’s a very funny video about managing negative comments (cough, trolls, cough) online. It has some bad language so don’t watch if that’ll offend you.

3. Cats Playing Patty Cake. My crazy (as in, real crazy, not ha ha crazy) friend Laura Petrolino posted this on my Facebook wall and pretty much said if I didn’t include it in Gin and Topics, she would unfriend me. So I watched it to be sure it was worthy and HOLY COW it is worth it. So. Freaking. Funny.

2. Mister Rogers Remixed. Last week we had Mrs. Doubtfire remixed. Today it’s Mister Rogers. And, for those of you who grew up with him, you’ll find this both hilarious and disturbing. Actually, after watching this, I’m shocked our parents let us watch this show at all. Creeeeeepy. You can give your thanks to The Invisible Man (aka Bill Dorman).

1. Jack McBrayer and Triumph the Insult Dog Visit Chicago’s Weiner Circle. And now for the piece de resistance. Marc Girolimetti posted this on his Facebook wall, with a tag to his Chicago friends. When Conan was in town last week, they took a visit to the famed Weiner Circle which is, um, known for their “customer service.” In fact, it’s a place we take out-of-town guests without any warning as to what to expect. It’s highly entertaining for us. You’ll see why. Oh, and Marc? When you come to town to mark this off your bucket list, please let me take you!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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63 responses to “Gin and Topics: Triumph the Insult Dog and Cats Playing Patty Cake”

  1. Corinne Marasco says:

    OMG The Weiner Circle clip is hilarious! And when Jack McBrayer brings back Triumph, I knew it would all go downhill from there. WARNING: it’s definitely NSFW.

  2. KenMueller says:

    Tons of awesome. That is all. 

  3. The Triumph video still makes me snort-laugh. Every. Time. 
    I still remember the reaction of my parents when Lisa and I took them to Weiner Circle a few years ago. Mom wasn’t amused. 🙂 

  4. YES! I made my Gin and Topic debut! And with such an amazing line up too….It’s a big day! 
    Much love,
    Laura “Real Crazy” Petrolino 🙂
    p.s. Def sign me up for Weiner Circle next time I’m in town! 

  5. bradmarley says:

    Malibu Ken.
    Ha. Ha.

  6. ifdyperez says:

    The Weiner Circle video was THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  7. #5 reminded me of this:
    But you’re right, #1 totally, totally wins. Soooo good! 

  8. DHLasker says:

    “If anyone has any ideas, I’m all ears.” You know when a comment begins with a quote, and it’s me commenting, @ginidietrich begins to consider regretting the quoted statement. Right?!
    If the human dashes to sleep an hour earlier than currently scheduled, the human would achieve an additional 60 minutes of sleep! #Winning! Then human can offer wake-up announcements to said dog, potentially leaving dog wishing for more sleep. Soon dog will be sleeping longer hours, thereby allowing human to revert to previously scheduled sleep schedule and achieving additional desired sleep as initially requested. Thank you for reading another “Simple Solution” brought to you by media monkeybiz. And thank you for the gratuitous opportunity to plug. 🙂

    • ginidietrich says:

       @DHLasker Especially when the advice is so, um, helpful. 

      • DHLasker says:

         @ginidietrich That’s fine. Dis my help, and after you’ve tried everything else, you’ll be acknowledging that @DHLasker may have had a successful solution. By then, I may have even written a book, or two. 

  9. Okay, I can’t do anything more today, I am too overheated from laughing at the Jack McBrayer video. I have to sign off and try to digest the ‘working for tips’ comment. 

  10. bdorman264 says:

    I was offended, but listened anyway…
    I liked Mr Rogers better when the myth was he was a stone cold special forces killer in Nam and wore the sweater to cover up his tats. 
    The Conan bit was great; I will definitely have to check out the Weiner Circle next time I’m in the Windy City. 

  11. Thanks for this! 🙂
    Leave it to Conan to highlight the vulgar Wiener Circle. #1 Was creative, but Triumph gets my vote. He really let Queen Latweefa have it. Wash your mouth out with soap people.
    Gini, how often do you head down to banter with these nice people anyway? It’s now on my “must visit” list.

  12. MSGiro says:

    @ginidietrich Not only did I make Gin & Topics, but I debuted at #1. Jordan Knight has got NOTHING on me!

  13. MarcGirolimetti says:

    Mr. Rogers is NOT creepy. How dare you even suggest that? He was the best. The best. 

  14. lizreusswig says:

    LMAO….OW…my sides hurt!! :0

  15. TheJackB says:

    I am torn about Wiener Circle. I could have so much fun there, but I might end up getting arrested. Oh my.

  16. RebeccaTodd says:

    The best part was when Jordan sings “what’s my sign?” I squealed “TAURUS!!!”.

  17. magriebler says:

    The Mr. Rogers video made me smile because even after his death he continues to baffle adults (especially adults who never had children or were born old). To clueless grown-ups, Mr. Rogers was and continues to be creepy. That’s because he didn’t care what people over ten years old thought. He ignored them to focus on his AUDIENCE: small children. (Sesame Street and most other shows shamefully pander to parents.) And isn’t there a message in this for all of us marketing communicators?

  18. UmaChandran says:

    I started laughing with Jordan and Old Navy, but you were totally right – #1 is the best. I’m still laughing minutes later.

  19. ginidietrich says:

    @CraigMcBreen Wasn’t that funny??

  20. Mark_Harai says:

    LMAO!  That last video is the funniest video I’ve seen in a long time
    This was a great line up, thanks for sharing Gini : )

    • ginidietrich says:

       @Mark_Harai Funny, right?? 
      On a separate note, if we were to vacation in Costa Rica, where is the best place to go and what time of year?

      • Mark_Harai says:

         @ginidietrich Matter of preference really, Gini. There are benefits to visiting in both the rainy season, and dry season. Just  don’t come from end of Sept. to mid-November. This is REAL rainy season : )
        Let me know if you’d like to chat more about this, I would be happy to give you some info to consider.

  21. John_Trader1 says:

    I think we just don’t see enough of Triumph these days, his videos on YouTube are just out and out crazy great humor. Maybe he should have his own talk show and will he be on the November presidential ballot?
    Great collection of videos this week GD, appreciate the laughs.

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