FedEx’s Fast Talker Is Back … in Ads for JetBlue

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Federal Express's 1981 "Fast Talker" spot from Ally & Gargano, starring John Moschitta, is one of the best-loved commercials of all time. Now, Moschitta is back, but he's backing a different brand—JetBlue. New ads from Mullen, supposedly shot 30 years to the day after the FedEx spot, show Moschitta talking nonstop about JetBlue's nonstop service. The actor is older and a little rounder, but hasn't lost a beat when it comes to his rapid-fire delivery. The tie-in with the brand is a bit of a stretch, but at least JetBlue has stopped harassing regular people for its commercials. Moschitta also appeared in over 100 commercials for Micro Machines, and once held the Guinness World Record (before the category was eliminated) for being the World's Fastest Talker. He reportedly could (and maybe still can) utter 586 words a minute. One spot below; two more ads plus the old FedEx spot after the jump.

@nudd Tim Nudd is a former creative editor of Adweek.
Publish date: April 17, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT