There my husband and I were, scrolling our phones, not talking to each other in bed as couples do, when none other than the world’s most hilarious and yet simultaneously perplexing commercial of all time popped up on my husband’s Twitter feed.
It featured a series of scenes involving children and shady characters asking them if they want to try drugs, join a gang, and get in a stranger’s van for some candy, among other things. And every one of those children answered, “No!” They were going roller skating instead.
As if that part weren’t bizarrely entertaining enough, it then flashed to young kids inside the roller rink itself, testifying to the positive impact roller skating has on them and, well, society in general.
“I want to be addicted to roller skating, not crack!” says one kid.
“Prison is full of people that have never roller skated,” says another.
“I say no to unplanned pregnancy,” states a third. “I say no to meth,” cries a fourth. “I SAY YES TO ROLLER SKATING!” they shout in unison.
OK, obviously my husband and I had to find out if this thing was legit. Because it was brilliant, but the only thing that could make it even better is if it were real. And after a little digging, we discovered that INDEED IT IS.
The commercial — which is for Roller Kingdom in Reno, Nevada — is a 100 percent bonafide work of genius by comedians Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, who also happen to have founded a comedy show called Rhett and Link: Commercial Kings.
The commercial initially went viral in 2012 (Shut up, I know I’m behind on what’s trending. I’ve been raising kids since 2008. LAY OFF ME.), garnering 240,000 views on YouTube just 4 days after its initial release, according to The Blaze.
Perhaps even better? The duo created the commercial for Roller Kingdom owner Brad Armstrong for free. And for material for their comedy show, too, I’m sure. But still.
Regardless, I almost peed my pants watching this thing over and over again, and if I’m ever in Reno, Nevada, you can bet your ass I’ll be making my way to Roller Kingdom just because.
After all, the last thing on Earth I need is yet another pregnancy, unplanned or not. Or meth for that matter. I don’t get enough sleep as it is.
Check it out for yourself and tell me you’re not rolling afterward: