Sunday’s Super Bowl was an amazing showcase of talent on the field, but while the Baltimore Ravens were winning the game, the rest of the world was watching for the best commercials of 2013.
There are plenty of great advertisements—some thought-provoking and some joyful—but the best commercials of the night were the spots that hit the perfect comedic mark.
All of the following commercials should be considered the funniest of the Super Bowl.
Taco Bell ‘Viva Young’
The Taco Bell ‘Viva Young’ commercial featuring a cast of elderly folks sneaking out of their retirement homes and going on an all-night bender was one of the best ads of the Super Bowl.
From pool hopping, to clubbing, to getting a back tattoo, to ending up eating fast food in the early-morning hours, these old people are partying harder than anyone would expect, but the result is comedy gold.
It’s inspiring to see these elderly folks enjoying life, and the final scene of the group walking into the retirement home at dawn with the main character’s back tattoo exposed is the perfect culminating image.
Samsung’s ‘Next Big Thing’
Rule of thumb for all future Super Bowl advertisers: Whenever you get Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen in the same ad, and then add in LeBron James, you have a great commercial.
Samsung’s ‘Next Big Thing’ spot was filled with hilarious one-liners that showcased both Rogen and Rudd, but it was James' appearance on a tablet pitching the idea of appearing on a tablet that was a great finishing touch.
This commercial didn’t have the same amount of flair that many other spots during Super Sunday had, but the subtle jokes and smart humor made this one of the more enjoyable ads all night.
Deion Sanders is Leon Sandcastle
There was little hype around the NFL Network commercial featuring Deion Sanders as the now legendary Leon Sandcastle, but the public has blown up over the newest NFL sensation.
NFL Network didn’t need any help drawing in an already die-hard audience, but the comedic genius of Sanders returning to football as rookie Leon Sandcastle makes for the funniest ad of the entire Super Bowl.
Sandcastle—Sanders in an amazing wig and mustache—attends the scouting combine and dominates the events, even going as far as being called an ‘ugly Deion Sanders’ by one of the NFL scouts.
After his success at the combine, Sandcastle is drafted No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs and has one final comedic spot with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Overall, the NFL Network really flexed its comedic muscles and made a commercial that NFL fans were sure to love.