Ratt, “Round and Round”
“Why? Why on earth is Milton Berle in a music video for Ratt?” Well, because Milton Berle’s nephew was Ratt’s manager. Probably the funnest fact on Marshall Berle’s Wikipedia page (enviably categorized under “Living people”) is:
Berle completed a development deal to create two Jerky Boys Apple iPhone and iPod Touch Apps with his client, Johnny Brennan, the creator and voices of The Jerky Boys. These two Apps are The Jerky Boys Pinball and The Jerky Boys Prank Caller.
Now you know.
Bobby McFerrin, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy” stars Bill Irwin, a famous actual, literal clown, and Robin Williams, a sentient pile of cocaine possessed by a particularly annoying 8-year-old boy. Whether or not this song was actually used in a Radisson commercial, it feels like a Radisson commercial, and I actually only managed to listen to about 40 seconds of it before decided that, you know, I’ve heard it before and that was enough.
Paul Simon, “You Can Call Me Al”
Man, does every other video from the ‘80s star a comedian? This is arguably the most famous example, even though it looks like everyone was afraid to tell Chevy Chase that his hair looked like shit before they started filming. The juxtaposition of the short, seemingly meek Simon compared with the jovial bombast of a giant Chevy Chase (I keep wanting to write Dan Aykroyd for some reason) is, like, the thing that’s supposed to make it funny. But the funniest part is when Chase drops the cup on the floor.