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The new commercial from the Shamwow guy is amazing for… well, everything.

The craziest part is where Offer Shlomi (that’s the Shamwow guy’s real name and he goes by Vince Offer, but I’ll refer to him as “the Shamwow guy” for the rest of my life) alludes to his arrest and mugshot.

What happened? I’ll let The Smoking Gun explain:

According to an arrest affidavit, Shlomi met Sasha Harris, 26, at a Miami Beach nightclub on February 7 and subsequently retired with her to his $750 room at the lavish Setai hotel. Shlomi told cops he paid Harris about $1000 in cash after she “propositioned him for straight sex.”

Shlomi said that when he kissed Harris, she suddenly “bit his tongue and would not let go.” Shlomi then punched Harris several times until she released his tongue. The affidavit, a copy of which you’ll find here, notes that during the 4 AM fight Harris sustained facial fractures and lacerations all over her face (she ispictured here in mug shots snapped following busts in 2008 and 2005).

After freeing his tongue, a bleeding Shlomi ran to the Setai lobby, where security summoned cops. Harris refused to cooperate with officers, who recovered $930 from her purse. “Both parties had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from their persons,” police reported.

The Shamwow guy was never charged, but one would think this is something that he wouldn’t want to bring back up.

But, hey, just about anything is a step up from making The Underground Comedy Movie.

Infomercial actors have trouble completing simple tasks.

My god. This is an actual product and one that people will buy. Specifically, people who don’t have basic motor skills that most adults have.

Or people with drinking problems in the style of the movie Airplane!

Honestly, though, if you saw someone wearing this while driving, what would you think? That they are eating ribs in there? That they just left the dentist and are drooling all over?

Or that they comedically throw hot coffee all over their own face?

Hawaii Chair: The next great infomercial?

Holy crap. This may be the next-great infomercial, taking the Shake Weight off of its lofty perch that it took from the Snuggie.

As Joe Posnanski notes, it takes a couple of things to be a truly great infomercial.

The product must fit the following criteria:

1. Aims to fix a problem that does not actually exist (blankets don’t have sleeves)
2. Does not really fix the problem (Have you tried answering a phone in a Snuggie?).
3. Is still, for almost magical reasons, irresistible to many people.

I’m not sure that the Hawaii Chair will be irresistible to many people. But then again I never got the appeal of the Snuggie either.