Early 1990s TV commercial - pay $2 a minute to hear a story that will make you cry


38 Responses to “Early 1990s TV commercial - pay $2 a minute to hear a story that will make you cry”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It was a $2 rickroll.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nowadays we just google search for “liebot, what is the saddest thing?” and read an achewood comic.

  3. Andy Baio says:

    At $2/minute, I’m guessing it’s a very long, sad story.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cant believe that no one noticed
    Victoria Jackson at the 22 second mark?
    She was in 80′s movies, Casual Sex, and also daffy blond on SNL in the 80′s.

  5. lesbianjesus says:

    It’s a recorded message saying the minimum billable duration of this call is 30 minutes, then static.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Has anyone tried to call the number yet?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is that Kimmy Robertson AKA Lucy from Twin Peaks at 20 sec?


  8. darren says:

    The kids are too smart to fall for that kind of thing these days.

    By the way, if you want to win an iPod and you know what color the sky is, text your answer to 48139. ($4.99 per text, additional charges may apply)

  9. Metronicity says:

    Oh God…that is killer. That is brilliant. So good it makes me want to cry. Thank you so much. I needed that.

  10. jackm says:

    This must’ve been the inspiration for everyone’s favourite fair-weather tune “The Crying Game”
    (Apologies to Boy George. Or perhaps not.)

    “I know all there is to know about the crying game
    Ive had my share of the crying game

    First there are kisses, then there are sighs
    And then before you know where you are
    Youre sayin goodbye

    One day soon Im gonna tell the moon about the crying game
    And if he knows maybe hell explain

    Why there are heartaches, why there are tears
    And what to do to stop feeling blue
    When love disappears”

  11. Anonymous says:

    It’s like something out of a David Cronenberg movie.

  12. Ratdog says:

    Has anyone tried to call the number yet?

  13. theroboticdan says:

    Have you guys seen the “Spider-Man Crying Number”? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dG-4GZ1ytU

  14. Anonymous says:

    And the worst thing is the crying chap with the layered-and-feathered look is now mistaken for a mullet man. Two different styles, folks!

    (so what if I kept my hair like that for far too long… shut up.)

  15. milovoo says:

    Obviously it’s the audio version of Li’l_Brudder. He wants to be a quarterback!

  16. apoxia says:

    Mullet man would be pretty spunky with a better haircut ;)

  17. Anonymous says:

    looks like her, but that’s not Victoria Jackson.

  18. IWood says:

    Ooo. Like a Bawwww thread that you pay for.

  19. Anonymous says:

    ….but they AREN’T crying over the bill?

  20. blueelm says:

    I believe this was a comedy skit, no?

  21. Anonymous says:

    What makes people all over America cry? This ad’s bad acting.
    Seriously, I’m in tears.

  22. Category says:


    God dammit I hate you. I’ve gone MONTHS until your damn post!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I would love to know what the story was that made that strong mullet wearing man cry.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I’m very sure that is not Victoria Jackson at the :22 mark. It looks a little like her, but definitely a different woman.

  25. pentomino says:

    When I was growing up, TV shows were rife with 1-900 number ads. I never called them; I was too young, and the time it took to decide to ask my parents was enough time to reconsider and know better.

    Now I have to comb YouTube for all kinds of 900 number ads. Apart from the obvious psychic hotlines, there was also an insult line, a “DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince” line that was all over Nickelodeon, and a few others that couldn’t have been anything but some recorded message if you actually called them. I’ve always been curious, but not $3.99 a minute curious.

    I wonder if anyone thought to record their calls onto cassettes and post them online.

    Of course, now we have SMS services.

  26. sisterbeer says:

    Clearly, it is a beautiful story about Jesus.

  27. misterfricative says:

    They’d market that differently these days: Are you man enough not to cry?

  28. pinehead says:

    It is kinda fun to imagine what’s on the other end of the line. I imagine it’s something terribly surreal, like maybe this guy:

    Or an endless loop of novelty Christmas songs performed by barking dogs or meowing cats.

  29. Anonymous says:

    “You’re paying $2 a minute for this call… you’re paying $2 a minute for this call… you’re paying $2 a minute for this call…”

  30. nehpetsE says:

    Its the pay per minute version of the onion cellar scene in “the Tin Drum”

  31. nehpetsE says:


    Maybe it was something more like this?


  32. Anonymous says:

    Back then, it was $2 / minute; today, it’s free on fox news. Thank you glenn beck weepy bullshit hour!

  33. Anonymous says:

    In an alternate version of Fight Club- Jack watches this ad, calls the number, and cries. The end.

  34. quesie says:

    I once emcee’d a S/M “slave auction” where a celebrated author offered the opportunity of giving the lucky winner “15 minutes to make me cry.”

    She was one tough cookie.

  35. Anonymous says:

    i think the story goes “Your call will cost $10,000.”

  36. Anonymous says:

    this made me lose the game

  37. buddy66 says:

    Some time in the late 60s a wag at Bell Tel, Los Angeles, assigned a number to Dial-A-Prayer that spelled out GODDAMN. Yep: 213-GODDAMN got you a nice little recorded prayer. I remember it staying active for upwards to a year before it was removed. I won a couple bar bets with it.

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