Even if you didn't know Billy Mays's name, you probably knew the products he sold. The TV pitchman — who died suddenly on Saturday at age 50 — recorded infomercials and commercials for OxiClean, Orange Glo, Mighty Putty, and many more. He not only turned up time after time on basic cable at 3 a.m., he also pitched on the Home Shopping Network and even scored his own Discovery Channel series, Pitchmen.
Infomercials don't get a lot of credit — they're what we watch when we're jet-lagged in unfamiliar hotel rooms or awake on the couch at odd hours of the night. But who hasn't had at least one conversation this year about the Snuggie, ShamWow, or Slap Chop?
So in honor of Mays, I'm wondering: what are the infomercials you most love — or at least love to hate? Every time I've been in a hotel recently, I've caught at least a glimpse of this Redi Set Go ad, and I still remember doubling over in laughter the first time I saw the infomercial for Yoga Booty Ballet. Which ones have gotten you laughing — or even running to the phone to get in on that very special offer?