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Ron Swanson and Darryl from ‘The Office’ are Cubs-White Sox rivals in New Era commercial (video)

Apr 5, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT


So Alec Baldwin and and John Krasinski have hung up their cleats, ending a series of commercials for New Era that will be hard to top. Stepping in for them this season are Nick Offerman, who portrays Ron Swanson from Parks & Recreation, and Craig Robinson, who plays Darryl Philbin on The Office. And the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is replaced with Chicago’s Cubs-White Sox divide, with Robinson as the dedicated Sox fan, and Philbin as the die-hard Cubs guy. New Era release:

In the spots, which were written and produced by Gifted Youth, a new commercial production company formed by Funny Or Die, Robinson, who grew up on the south side of Chicago as a serious White Sox fan, and Offerman, a passionate Cubs fans from Minooka, IL, exchange some friendly back and forth trash-talking about each other’s teams.

Let’s watch the first installment.

Darryl obviously goes too far when he says that you can’t get a decent pizza north of Division Street, and apologizes after an awkward silence.

The spot is tremendous, but these two simply don’t have the range of Jim from The Office and Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock. The Cubs-White Sox commercials will be an epic slugfest between two deadpan specialists. That’s OK, but it may get old before the season is over.

Chicago vs. Chicago: Round 1 [Funny or Die]

  1. dirtyjerseysports - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I wonder what the people of Hoboken thought since the bar used is actually located on the corner of 6th and Washington in Hoboken NJ….