Monday, June 29, 2009

Billy Mays Didn't Die From Bumping His Head


Billy Mays was my favorite infomercial guy. I liked him because he kept me entertained and didn't throw out a whole bunch of fakery with his pitching. I contrast that to the woman who does that whole pizza pocket looking thing where she thinks the entire world wants every product to be cooked in the shape of a square or triangle. She annoys me. Not to say that I wouldn't eat all the food she puts in front of me because I would. I'm just saying that I always feel like she doesn't believe in her product and is doing it for a paycheck.

Billy on the other hand loved his products or at least made you feel like if you didn't buy his products you were a fool. So, of course I have a lifetime supply of Oxi-Clean and enough orange scented cleaner to make me feel like I live in an orange grove.

All weekend long people suspected Billy died like Natasha Richardson. Apparently Billy had a rough landing on a US Airways plane and bumped his head. He told people about it and so when he died people just assumed he had a concussion and didn't go to the hospital and died in his sleep. It turns out though the bump had nothing to do with it and instead a lot to do with the fact he had heart disease.

I wonder if they will still run all his infomercials. I guess they will have to. I won't mind and it won't creep me out. Plus even though he has died he is still going to do a lot better job selling than most other people.

23 comments:

MontanaMarriott said...

Wow, people are just dropping like flies, WTF?!?!!?

Jungle007 said...

The oxi-clean commercial has run at least 3 times on CosmoTV in the past 21/2 hours, as per usual. It's not at all creeping me out... I'm sad about this, as I just watched him on Conan last week and he seemed really vibrant and funny (and LOUD). :)

RIP Billy.

Pookie said...

i wasn't a fan of his screechy delivery, but he was really likeable despite that. rip mr. shamwow. :(

so much for death traveling in 3s.

Harriet Hellfire said...

I HAVE SEEN OXICLEAN COMMERCIALS SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS!!! I THINK THEY ARE A GOOD HOMAGE TO BILLY MAYS!!!! AND...IT GETS THE STAINS OUT!!!


Now when is the ShamWOW guy going to kick the bucket?

Audrey said...

I hated his voice, but loved his energy.

Karmen said...

I'm a sad panda. I loved Billy Mays! Infomercials are the best form of entertainment.

Babs said...

Pookie - Billy Mays had a towel similar to the Shamwow, but wasn't the Shamwow guy. The Shamwow guy is that creepy Vince who beat up a prostitute a few weeks ago when she bit his tongue when he tried to kiss her.

While I didn't like that Billy May ALWAYS YELLED AT ME ON THE TELEVISION, I did see him as just a regular guy shilling some crap to make a living for his family. What a shame. RIP, Billy.

Emma31 said...

I have to say this really saddened me when I heard the news. I watch pitchmen and he was LOUD, but real on that show. His partner on the other hand was a douche. But I really liked Billy. He really worked his way up in the infomercial business and he really tries not to sell "crap". RIP Billy Mays...

Quintessential Southerner said...

"The Shamwow guy is that creepy Vince who beat up a prostitute a few weeks ago when she bit his tongue when he tried to kiss her."

i was about to post something about this. glad you caught it. i believe the smoking gun has the file on shamwow's case.

Pookie said...

Babs, you're so right! my bad...i remember now...billy's was Zorbees, not Shamwow. *brain freeze*

teehee. no more 4am informercials for me.

Jungle007 said...

Ohh so that explains the mugshot Conan showed of the ShamWOW guy. i wasn't sure what the story was there.
I hate the ShamWOW guy and everything he stands for. Fuck shamwow. I use sponges and make a fucking mess.

And i loove it.

Sue Ellen Mishkey said...

Looks like Shamwow Vince has won this round...

Anonymous said...

I was shocked to hear about Billy Mays. I really didn't care for his commercials kind of found them annoying.

GoGo said...

I'm doing laundry now... dedicated to Billy Mays. (I actually LOVE OxiClean!)

Babs said...

No sweat, Pookie - all those infomercials start to look alike after awhile! (Can't say that I've caught one at 4:00 a.m. for a LONG time, though - I'm entering the "let's eat dinner at 5:30 then hit the sack by 9:00" phase of my life! Getting old is a bitch!

CarolMR said...

Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan just began a reality series on the whole process of the commercials they make. I saw two episodes and it was really interesting. RIP, Billy. I feel worse about him than I do about MJ.

Jade, That Girl said...

I have to say it creeped me out a bit when I was watching an ESPN360 commercial while checking the news and see that he died. However, I think I could continue to watch his infomercials.

Everytime I spill wine on my white carpet, I will always think of Billy. Thanks Billy!

BTW....those pizza pocket things look so awesome! does anybody know if they actually work? Can I actually make an grilled sandwich from last's nights turkeyloaf? Or a chocolate cake out of leftover chocolate bars?

lutefisk said...

This time I HEARD you over HERE Harriet Hellfire!

abigail7881 said...

What's this about a pizza pocket? Never heard of it. Too bad Billy Mays did advertise it.
I guess Billy was supposed to have a 3rd hip replacement surgery today.

shakey said...

Will his epitaph read "BUT I'M NOT DONE YET!"

My son went apeshit (in a bad way) every time the Mighty Putty commercial came on. He would literally scream back at the tv.

lutefisk said...

Shakey, my husband actually ordered the Mighty Putty......and I have to say, it works!

amanda rae said...

I LOVED the show "Pitchmen", and I loved his infomercials. And I of course love "BILLY MAYS SAYS SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!". That's one of my favorite memes of all time, so I'm really gonna miss Billy. He was such a diva, who remembers the Jupiter Jack commercial shoot on "Pitchmen"? Holding up traffic for hours because they didn't have a name...LOL! And that beard, oh what a magnificent beard! Goodbye Billy, goodbye Billy's beard, flights of angels sing you to your rest!

amanda rae said...

Oh and if you haven't watched "Pitchmen", make sure you watch your first episode high. It's completely surreal!

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