Contour Chair Commercial: “I Got the Microwave!”

Here is a real blast from the past! If you watched TV during the 1980s, you almost certainly caught this ad for the Contour Chair, which aired heavily on local stations during the mornings and afternoons.

This commercial may have been hosted by celebrity Art Linkletter, but the real stars were the “actors” who told us which free gift they received with their purchase.

You got to love the happy-go-lucky attitude of the guy who says, “I took the VCR.” That man will soon celebrate by buying everyone a round of drinks down at Archie Bunker’s Place.

Even more memorable is the woman who says, “I got the microwave!” She gives each syllable in MY-CROW-WAVE the respect it deserves. It is as if she is pronouncing this unusual word for the first time and wants to make sure people know what she is talking about. Her grin tacked on at the end is also a very nice touch.

Back during the time this commercial was airing, my mom bought a desk from a used furniture store. Inside were a small puffy apple sticker and a 4-ounce weight (the kind used on old fashioned scales) left behind by the previous owner. For months afterwards, my sisters and I would mimic the Contour Chair ad by saying, “I got the puffy apple sticker” in the imitation of the VCR man and “I got the FOUR-OUNCE-WEIGHT!” in imitation of the microwave lady.

HT: Brian Boone at The Retroist


  • 7 Responses to “Contour Chair Commercial: “I Got the Microwave!””

  • WOW! I forgot all about this, and definitely about the puffy apple sticker and four-ounce weight! Crazy.

    Comment by Angela on May 16, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  • I remember this very clearly, especially the “I got the Mi-cro-wave.”

    Comment by Lilly on May 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm

  • Can anyone here put a year to this infomercial or even a ballpark figure as to how long it ran? It looks like it’s from the early-to-mid 80’s and seems vaguely familiar, but I would’ve been very young (anywhere from a newborn to about three years old) depending on when or how long it aired.

    Comment by Thomas on May 17, 2011 at 12:53 am


    Comment by Scott Mercer on May 22, 2011 at 4:40 am

  • 0:21 Helps poor penus blood cirulation? LOL

    Comment by Jack on May 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

  • Actually, Linkletter is seeing “venous”.

    Comment by Thomas on May 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

  • As a young girl, my wife and her friend made fun of this commercial to NO END! Thanks for the puffy apple sticker story… priceless!

    Comment by Joe on May 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm