Dr Pepper, the soda I refused to drink as a kid because the name made me suspicious (perhaps I thought, with the “Doctor” thing, it must have some drugs in it or something), celebrated its 125th anniversary yesterday by sending David Naughton to the New York Stock Exchange to perform his famous “I’m a Pepper” musical number. So we’ve got a commercial, a strange combination of nostalgia and ironic distance, all performed in one of the places where the financial collapse took place. I somehow feel like the world we now lived live in is completely summed up by this one clip.
Here’s one of Naughton’s original commercials:
And here’s the SCTV parody with Eugene Levy and Rick Moranis: