Well, honestly it wasn’t Biff Tannen that sells some of that world famous Kentucky Fried Chicken but Thomas F. Wilson. Who played Biff Tannen in the Back to the Future trilogy.
Actually in all honesty he doesn’t even sell the chicken in this 1983 television commercial. I guess I haven’t done a very good job of this post in hindsight. I mean when you get down to it the ad is actually about the deliciousness of those KFC Buttermilk biscuits.
Having said that – I think it is fair to say the actors in the commercial at the very least sell how tasty the food is, right?
At the very least those biscuits had to taste better than what Biff Tannen normally ended up getting in his mouth in the films.
I heard Tom F. Wilson is a stand-up comedian!
That is correct – one of his memorable skits in fact involves the types of question he normally is asked about his role in Back to the Future.
When I first saw these Foghorn Leghorn commercials for KFC when I was younger, I was immediately put off by the whole thing. Why would he encourage us to eat chicken? Shouldn’t he want us to go eat hamburgers? Now I find this dissonance endearing…see what age will do for you.
Why not have a barrel of fun with Colonel Sanders and all of his finger puppet customers? You can do just that with the Let’s Play at Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant play set, a Child Guidance toy. Eat-in, drive-thru, whatever your pleasure.
The fast food joint swings open for double the play value. And the Colonel operates an automatic tray dispenser! Who could ask for more? Keep your eye out for availability on eBay and other retro outlets.
In this gem from the early 80s we seen Ebeneezer Scrooge, miser of misers, counting up his cash and figuring out a way to chisel all Bob Cratchet. If anyone knows a deal its Scrooge right? What does he suggest you get to make your penny go the furthest? KFC of course. Only the Colonel has the valuable golden brown fried bird to make Ol’ Ebeneezer part with his cash.
“You boy! What day is this?”
“Why its Christmas sir!”
“Oh great then I have not missed it, that White suited Ghost was something else. He did it all in just one night! One night! Now here take this $20 and fetch the largest bucket of fried bird.”
“But sir, a twenty is too much.”
“Well then be quick about it and you may keep the change!”
Enjoy the commercial — only 4 more days till Christmas.