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Video: ‘Full House’ Bros Reunite for Super Bowl Ad

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While you probably shouldn’t hold your breath for a proper Full House reunion, fans of the dopey 1980s famcom are in for a treat. John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are featured in a teaser for an upcoming Super Bowl ad for Dannon’s Oikos Greek Yogurt.

When Saget suggests it’s time for the trio to get their own houses, the other two roundly dismiss the idea.

EntertainmentWeekly.com doubts that any characters beyond the “Uncle Jesse/Danny/Joey trifecta” will make an appearance in the full Super Bowl version, but opines: “Maybe the gang invited Scott Weinger, a.k.a. Steve, over for game day! Maybe they’ll realize that the sportscaster they’re watching looks an awful lot like Lori Loughlin! Maybe their party gets crashed by an all-grown-up Andrea Barber, better known as Kimmy Gibbler! And given Oikos’s ‘Greek’ origins, a beyond-the-grave visit from Papouli’s ghost would be more than appropriate.”

There’s actually a website with behind-the-scenes material from the filming of this heartwarming nostalgia trip. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out Warner Home Video’s definitive Full House: The Complete Series Collection.

Video: Celebrities Before They Made It

Before he headed up The Office or even commentated on The Daily Show, a young Steve Carell could be seen hawking fried chicken in commercials for a regional fast-food chain. Tina Fey, barely recognizable compared to her turns on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, could be seen in a creepy abandoned building talking up the virtues of a bank. A baby-faced Aaron Paul, aka Jesse Pinkman of Breaking Bad fame, seemed to be going through withdrawal symptoms as he anticipated his next fix of Corn Pops.

See these now-famous faces and more in the latest edition of “Before They Were Famous” on YouTube channel Screen Junkies.

Vince Offer’s ‘Inappropriate Comedy’ out on DVD

If you love the style and humor of the pitchman behind fan-favorite products Slap Chop and ShamWow, you might also enjoy his second grossout feature film, Inappropriate Comedy. Vince “Offer” Shlomi was somehow able to snag an Oscar winner for this outing, out now on DVD (buy it cheap at Amazon). He’s also trying to reclaim his pitchman throne by cleaning up with his new all-in-one InVinceable household cleaner.

The politically incorrect sketch comedy inexplicably features Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as hardboiled gay cop Flirty Harry, along with a character named the Amazing Racist, in a series of wildly offensive skits. The film also stars celebs like Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez and Lindsay Lohan, all along on the ride with the infomercial king turned flailing shlock/shock auteur as he attempts (and continues to fail miserably) to stake his place in alt-comedy and pop culture.

The DVD release comes with plenty of  extras, including previously unreleased scenes featuring “Blackass” and the Amazing Racist, plus the unfinished extended version of the “Sperm Lake” sketch. But it’s doubtful that any addition to this sordid affair could change the minds of the critics who savaged Inappropriate Comedy upon its debut.

Inappropriate Comedy is nearly as wild as the life of the pitchman himself. You may recall that the Israeli-born Vince Offer, 49, was arrested back in 2009 after he got into a bloody scrap with a 26-year-old hooker. Vince claimed he hit the woman only after she bit his tongue and wouldn’t let go. They were both bloodied, and both ended up in the hospital. Charges were never filed against either party.

Before the hooker dustup, Vince was involved in a number of lawsuits, most famously against the Church of Scientology. In a 2004 suit, Vince accused the church of attempting to smear his reputation when he was a member in 1997. The suit claimed the church’s vendetta was sparked after he started funneling profits from his pre-Slap Chop “the Chopper” product away from the church and into his first feature, 1999’s The Underground Comedy Movie. Soon after the suit was dismissed and Vince left the church, he launched his well-known infomercials for the ShamWow and Slap Chop.

Along with the new DVD release, Vince is back pitching a brand-new product that he hopes to put him back on his pitch pedestal. The InVinceable all-purpose home cleaner promises to replace cleaning supplies used in the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, saving households more than $500 a year.

Time will tell if Vince still has that old pitchman magic. Hopefully so, because his movie-director pretensions seem to be just that.

How Commercials Turn Hotties Into the Girl Next Door

nissan commercial actressMany of the superhot women selling us home appliances and cars on TV have their superhotness toned down a bit for commercial spots. BusinessInsider.com has compiled an intriguing side-by-side comparison of commercial actresses’ twin personas. Take, for example, actress Alisa Allapach, the superfriendly Best Buy saleswoman, next to a photo of her as a cleavage-bearing kitten that would not look out of place in the pages of Playboy. Business Insider scoured the ingenious blog Who Is That Hot Ad Girl? to discover the sexy alter-egos of this and many other prime-time ad vixens.