Progressive’s Lovable Loser…

While Flo (Stephanie Courtney) is undeniably the top banana in Progressive Insurance commercials, her sidekick Jamie (Jim Cashman) is often a scene-stealing figure. Originally portrayed as kind of a lovable loser beginning in 2014, the Jamie figure has developed layers of character, almost becoming kind of a mystery man.

At first denied sprinkles by Flo because “sprinkles are for winners,” we have seen different sides of Jamie. He can be a goofy and well-intentioned loser, but as we have learned in other commercials can be boorish (Ride Along), sarcastic (Driver’s Ed), or awesome, with martial arts skills (Jamie’s Trip Review). In 40th Birthday Bash, we see Jamie in his not-so-modest home, where we meet his gorgeous wife and hear him play guitar and sing, quite well! This is not just some guy in a white apron, but rather someone with quite the hidden life, and as many layers as an onion. Jamie may not live his job completely as Flo does, but there’s more to him than meets the eye, too, and there may be a little bit of Jamie in all of us, for better or worse…

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6 Comments on “Progressive’s Lovable Loser…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Let’s just say that, like J.R. Ewing on DALLAS:TOS, Jamie’s fans love to hate him. For example; in the commercial where he’s a boring shotgun-seat driver? The scrap firewood had a more interesting personality!

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      “Who would just throw away wood?!” Maybe Jamie’s eccentricity and frugality are why the actor’s net worth is around two million dollars… 💲

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      • carycomic Says:

        Cynics would counter-claim that _nobody’s that good_ an actor!

        I’m not being cynical, of course. Just demonstrating a reasonably healthy skepticism! 😉

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        • vulpesffb Says:

          In the latest “Jamie” commercial, he arrives swaggering at the studio like a big star, and is sent home by Flo and others who tell him he’s not needed on camera until Thursday… 😁

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          • carycomic Says:

            Minor digression. Whenever things are slow, at your own place of work, see how many of your co-workers might be Trekkies by uttering the paraphrase: “We-are-the-Bored-Collective. Neatness-is-futile.”

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