John Cleese and Compaq
Long before Compaq became part of the HP empire, the computer maker used Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star John Cleese to sell its wares in the nascent PC market. The British actor fronted a campaign for Compaq in the eighties, famously declaring in one TV ad that "if I were you, I wouldn't watch this commercial."
In another of the somewhat absurdist ads, Cleese compares Compaq's Portable 2 to a dead fish in an attempt to highlight Compaq's compatibility with IBM's (IBM - Get Report) software. "If you're looking for a powerful portable computer that doesn't smell, I suggest you buy the Compaq Portable 2," he adds.
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