In high school, I was a Drama Club geek. Also, I have a master’s degree in English. Therefore, it is only natural that my favorite Slim Jim commercial featuring wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage was the one where he busted in to spice up a rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet.
(Favorite line: “Art thou bored?”)
Ever since the dawn of Family Guy, it is generally considered funny to reflect on and/or attempt to recreate the “busting-ins” of the Kool-Aid Man, but give me a break. Randy Savage is a professional WWF wrestler. He busts for a living—opponents, rings, brick walls, convenience stores, whatever. You name it, he can bust it. And he does so without a stunt double or the safety of being animated or wearing a padded suit, thank you very much.
Plus—was the Kool-Aid Man featured in Wrestlemania for the Commodore 64? I didn’t think so.
Randy Savage not only loved the spicy, meat-product-y, processed taste of a Slim-Jim so much, he would do anything for it, but he also recognized a powerful spiritual truth: food is something you should “do” when you are bored. In his Slim Jim commercial heyday, he was always finding humdrum situations to salvage, recognizing that the best way to cheer people up is with food. I’m not even bored right now, but I will probably eat just to prevent myself from becoming the type of stoic drone that Randy Savage renounced back in the day.
So today at about 4 p.m., when you are drooling away in Conference Room B, you know the way out—say it with me, now: “Snap into a Slim-Jim! Ohhhhhh yeaaaaahhhhhhh!”