Does anybody else remember this guy? I grew up in Los Angeles and this guy’s infomercial ran in the early hours of the morning. In the early nineties, I worked a swing-graveyard alternating shift at an alarm company, so I had the opportunity to watch TV at very odd hours. The premise for the infomercial was simple:
Tommy Vu was a short, slightly over-weight Korean man with a heavy accent that had appointed himself the master of his own universe. The infomercial would start with Tommy in front of a mansion with two super-fine scantilly clad hoes. He’d point to the mansion and say, “this is ma house.” He’d point at the hoes and say, “these are ma girls.” Then he’d say, “you want be rich like me, I tell you how.”
Tommy would then walk a few steps revealing some luxury cars in the front of the mansion–a Porsche, a Ferrari, and a Lamborghini. With one hoe on each arm and would say, “these are ma cars, I show you to get some like them, you could be rich like me!” Then without missing a beat, a phone number would flash on the screen and he would yell and point into the camera like a drill sergeant,
“If you don’t buy ma video, you deserve to be broke!!!”
It was a crazy. No information on how he made the money or anything–just straight ghetto frontin’ (bragging) followed by him yelling at you. It was like a train wreck, loud and scary, but you just couldn’t look away. The commercial proceeded to show Tommy on his Yacht, later on his private plane, chillin’ on a golf course, in Vegas–anyway, you get the picture.
It would be many years later that I would find out that he was peddling a really bad real estate video and a seminar if you dared to call the number on the screen. The commercials were so ghetto and so entertaining that they were even parodied on the skit show, “In Living Color.”
Sure, there were many rumors that the luxury items on the video were rented for show, that he was bankrupt when he made the first video, that the video and seminar weren’t worth squat, and so on. Many, including myself, saw him as an opportunistic con man. But one thing is for sure, he made a lot of people laugh their asses off in the middle of the night.