Awful Classics: Phil Hartman’s strange CD-i commercials

Phil Hartman speaking in monotone? Check. Phil Hartman dressed in drag not once but twice within five seconds? Check. Outdated technology that crashed and burned before ever lifting off the ground? Check, check and check. 

The CD-i was an odd CD-ROM, video game, computer hybrid. The idea was to give customers a more interactive CD player without the actual cost of having a full computer. The system most closely resembled a video game console but that's if we're being kind and loose with labels. The CD-i was a disaster, often described as being one of the worst gaming consoles ever produced. At the very least, CD-i gave us some memorable and somewhat disturbing commercials for what turned out to be one of the biggest technological failures in recent memory. 

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