The Return of Colonel Sanders and the Hamburglar…



He’s been dead for 35 years and hasn’t been seen in commercials for 20 years, so KFC’ s Colonel Sanders has some catching up to do…and as Stephen King taught us in Pet Semetery, things that are brought back from the grave come back different.  So it is that this Colonel Sanders seems somewhat hipper, even if he is bemused by things like the International Space Station and cargo pants.  Played by comedian Darrell Hammond, this incarnation of Colonel Harland Sanders is likely to adapt and prevail.

Now McDonald’s new “Hamburglar” is a stranger piece of work, portrayed as a rather creepy looking adult who you probably wouldn’t want to see lurking around your neighborhood.  Everything old is new again as fast food purveyors try to redefine their icons and reconnect with a new generation…



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7 Comments on “The Return of Colonel Sanders and the Hamburglar…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    The new Col. Sanders looks more like an elderly Leon Redbone. And, having grown up in the Seventies (when the McDonaldland commercials were at the height of their popularity), I have to say I prefer the original “Rabu-Rabu.”


    • carycomic Says:

      P.S.—that’s what the original Hamburglar called himself.


    • vulpesffb Says:

      Leon Redbone was a strange piece of work, both captivating and repelling me at the same time!

      Have you heard the laugh of the new Colonel Sanders? He’s either sinister, demented, or perhaps both! The people who surround him in these commercials are likewise strangely disturbing. The South has its secrets, I guess, and perhaps we are better off not understanding…


  2. carycomic Says:

    “Rabu-Rabu! Stay away from me.
    Rabu-Rabu! Why don’t you let me be?
    I’m no good for you. You are worse for me.
    Newfangled Hamburglar; you’re just plain creepy!”


    • carycomic Says:

      So, you’re not into The Guess Who.

      How about Sly Fox and the Family Stone?*

      *If that doesn’t provoke at least a groan, I don’t know what will.


      • carycomic Says:

        Aw, come on! You never heard that joke back in the Eighties?

        “If Samantha Fox married Sly Stone, he’d be…Sly Fox!”

        You see, back in the 1980’s there was a feminist trend for husbands to take their wives’ maiden names.


        • vulpesffb Says:

          The reference was lost on me, but you know if you have to explain a joke, it kinda kills it…sorry to be obtuse!


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