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Arby's - "America's Roast Beef Yes Sir!" (Commercial, 1981)

Here's a commercial for Arby's featuring Wolfman Jack and some Laurel & Hardy impersonators.

"The names of the two Laurel & Hardy impressionists who appear are Jim MacGeorge (Who plays Stan Laurel) and Chuck McCann (who Plays Oliver Hardy). MacGeorge is also known for doing voice overs for many tv cartoon series: EG "Capt. Huffenpuff" for "The Beany & Cecil Show" and "Whimper" For "Clue Club" and "Woofer & Whimper:Dog Detecives". McCann has also done voice overs for many tv cartoon series and for radio and tv commercials. He has also acted in many tv commercials, in the movies and on many tv series. McCann was also the host/performer of many former NYC based kids tv shows EG's "Laurel & Hardy & Chuck!", "Let's Have Fun!", "The Chuck McCann Shows", "The Great Bombo's Magic Cartoon Circus Lunchtime Show" and "Chuck McCann's L&H Hardy Show". (On "L&H&C" he didn't play Oliver Hardy in the flesh - he voiced and manipulated an Oliver Hardy Hand puppet. He played Oliver Hardy as a real person and oftimes as a hand puppet on "Chuck McCann's L&H Show")" - 143AC

How many of you remembered that Arby's stood for "America's Roast Beef Yes Sir!" Yeah, that's what I thought...

Ahh, I could go for a giant cup of horsey sauce disguised as a vanilla shake right now...

This aired on local Chicago TV on Tuesday, March 24th 1981.

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Was one of the Laurel or Hardy impersonators portrayed by Chuck McCann who was famous for other TV commercials like Right Guard ("Hi guy, one shot and I'm good for the whole day!"), Cocoa Puffs (voicing Sonny the Cuckoo Bird), and Dr. Pepper?
Comment posted by dth1971 on Monday, February 4th 2008 at 10:19pm.

Yup...that's Chuck McCann as Hardy in the commercial. McCann also provided the voice of Cool McCool. (Cool McCool was created by Bob Kane, the creator of BatMan.) The actor playing Laurel is Jim MacGeorge. Jim MacGeorge did the voice of Oliver Hardy in the Laurel & Hardy cartoons. (The voice of Stan Laurel in these were voiced by Larry Harmon, who owns the rights to both Bozo the Clown and Laurel & Hardy.) Another interesting bit of trivia on Mr. MacGeorge...He wrote every episode of Jay Ward's cartoon, Super Chicken.
Comment posted by MATSYLPOFF on Monday, February 4th 2008 at 11:34pm.

WOAH!!! That's a catchy jingle!!! And it makes me HUNGRY!!! I used to have an Arby's where I live and I LOVE their sandwiches, but we don't have one anymore!! :( :( :(

ETA: I also used to love their Jamocha shakes!! My mother loved the potato cakes!!

Comment posted by michiganfan on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 6:12am.

I love Arby's.
Comment posted by 1980sfan on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 10:12am.

Is it too late to say I DID know that's what Arby's stood for? I thought so. :( When I was a kid, a friend of mine & I always said when we became famous rock stars we were going to have a pool shaped like the Arby's hat sign.
Comment posted by kietdoke on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 7:33pm.

I'll take a roast beef sandwich, an order of potato cakes WELL DONE, the biggest Pepsi you have and a cherry turnover please...
Comment posted by madsixtian on Tuesday, February 5th 2008 at 11:22pm.

Fuzzymemories: Do you have the other Arby's America's Roast Beef Yes Sir campaign commercials:
* One with an appearance by Bowzer of Sha Na Na.
* One with an appearance by Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward in costume?)
* One for B.C. Ice Age Glasses (Summer 1981)?

Comment posted by dth1971 on Thursday, February 7th 2008 at 10:30pm.

Actually, Arby's name comes from the Raffel Brothers. R & B. They wanted to name their restaurants "Big Tex" but it was already being used by an Akron, Ohio business.
Comment posted by Pete on Tuesday, April 13th 2010 at 1:47am.

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