Sad the Holidays Are Over? This Verizon Ad Has the Last Laugh of the Season

O Christmas tree, meet o garbage truck

For most of us—taste buds numb from eggnog, eyes bleary from festive lights—it's merciful that the holidays have ended. But the dude in this Verizon Wireless spot from mcgarrybowen just can't let go of the season—or bear to leave his brittle, brown-ing Christmas tree out on the curb.

Khary Payton, best known for voicing Cyborg in the Teen Titans cartoon series, turns in a likable central performance. "The good more is all the end-of-season deals on great tech stuff at Verizon," the voiceover says, somewhat awkwardly. "The not-so-good more: having the season actually end."

As a card-carrying grinch, I can't agree with that last part, and prefer to revel in the ad's amusingly downbeat visuals. There's an especially great bit where some kid stomps on inflated lawn ornaments, and the air escapes with a satisfying hisssss.

See you in hell, reindeer!

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.