It Came From YouTube Classic: Lanny Poffo Shills the Gazelle

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Thought for sure we had this up here at one point, but according to fellow Crapper Paul THAT AIN’T THE CASE! Perhaps I just remembered that it came in Number One on The Four Greatest Items Wrestlers Have Ever Attempted to Pawn Off on Fans – Via the INFOMERCIAL in the WrestleCrap Book of Lists! (posted in full beneath the video), available rightchere for your Christmas shopping needs!


1. The Genius Meets the Gazelle: While Hogan and Styles may have shilled to the best of their ability, they were both rank amateurs in comparison to Lanny Poffo. Anyone who wants to sell something should watch this man in action, preferably hunting down a copy of the spots he did with Tony Little to sell the world the Gazelle, a walking/running/skiing/slipping on ice and attempting not to fall on your ass exercise contraption. For the infomercial, Lanny told the story of how in a match with Andre the Giant, Andre lifted him up in a suplex that caused his toes to curl up in his boots. While other men would have visited a podiatrist in an attempt to right his wayward foot digits, Lanny instead became introspective. “I’ve been alive for 47 years,” the former Poet Laureate explained to those transfixed to his every word on their couches at home, “and a lot of my tomorrows are yesterdays.” He further explained that he wanted to be the best he could for his remaining days, and to that end, he was searching out exercise equipment. He found it as a friend was flipping channels and there he was – the man, the myth, the legend, Tony Little himself. “I said, ‘Whoa! There’s Tony Little!’” (Before we continue, just imagine for one moment that you are, in fact, at home looking for something to watch and a friend of yours said such a thing. Ok, we’ll continue on now.) “When I saw that machine, the first thing I said was, ‘It’s low impact. It’s gentle on the joints. And it’s very easy on the credit card.” (Ok, sorry…imagine once again that you’re watching TV with a friend and he said, and we quote, “That is very easy on the credit card.” Onward.) According to Tony, though, Lanny’s biggest contribution wasn’t his shilltastic abilities, but rather that he helped a lot of men understand the Gazelle wasn’t just for the ladies. Lanny agreed, then went even further stating, “The Gazelle has an identity crisis. It’s exercise equipment, but it thinks it’s playground equipment.” We are now eagerly anticipating The Kangaroo, which appears to be a refurbished bouncy castle that ships with a VHS of Lanny doing flips as Tony yells at him to “Reach for the stars!”

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11 Responses to "It Came From YouTube Classic: Lanny Poffo Shills the Gazelle"
  1. Matt Sunblade says:

    “Dats a great line! Dats a great line right there”
    Tony Little, the most fake personal trainer out there.

  2. "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

    “Wasn’t he The Genius?!” heh.

    • Art0Donnell says:

      She knows an awful lot about wrestling. Imagine if they had had some other wrestler endorse their machine.

      “Have you heard of Steve Keirn?”
      “Oh, wasn’t he Skinner?”
      “Yeah! From the WWF!”

      “Have you heard of Tom Prichard?”
      “Oh, wasn’t he the Doctor of Desire? And later, Bodydonna Zip?”
      “Yeah! From the WWF!”

  3. Art0Donnell says:

    Lanny’s butt was not everything it was cracked up to be!

  4. Sean says:

    Leapin’ Lanny/Genius = the man

  5. 80's Guy says:

    I always preferred him as Leapin’ Lanny. I remember as a kid always wanting a freakin’ frisbee with a poem on it.

    Still don’t have a Lanny Poffo frisbee, but I did score an autographed copy of Wrestling with Rhyme for a mere 2 bucks from a local show where a few people had tables selling stuff. It also has a Randy Savage autograph in it, too. Bonus, if it’s legit.

  6. E-Squared says:

    I remember catching this infomercial one night just because nothing else was on. I have a weird thing for watching these infomercials about fitness machines or diet plans. I guess it’s mostly to see the women in fitness clothes or swimwear if there is one of those before/after shots. I also remember seeing Darla Haun, the woman in this infomercial, in other infomercials for The Ab Lounge, not to mention in an episode of “Son of the Beach.”

  7. Mister Forth says:

    His plan to slim down was with this machine. Now he looks better by being lean.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have a relative who’s probably spent south of $10000 on those exercise machines over the last 30 years and he eventually just realized that lifting and walking was 100% more effective. I don’t know if they still sell those things on TV or not, but I really would like to see the day when the public wises up and puts those cons out of business. Has Zyzz taught us nothing?

  9. Vealchop says:

    If there was no Tony Little there would have been no Simon Dean and Gymini

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