Fear And Self-Loathing On The Ad Campaign Trail

Steve Hall of Adrants feels bad for Danny Kaster, and by extension all of us ad schmucks. He writes:
“While it’s known the producers of The Apprentice get sadistic pleasure out of editing contestants into idiots, it was still embarrassing to see a fellow industry professional get chopped up and fed to the nation as another twisted, reality show moron. In last night’s season premier, Boston-based POPstick Chairman and CEO Danny Kaster was the buffoon of the episode, painted into a caricature not unlike a circus clown. Of course Kaster didn’t help matters by dressing in distracting, oh-so-cool ad-wear, leading his team in a feel-good kumbaya campfire-like moral building exercise and, worse, failing miserably at his assigned task.”
As an interesting footnote to this, both Hugh MacLeod of Gaping Void fame and decorated adguy, Ernie Schenck, in unrelated but recently made posts lament the levels to which we ad folk willingly stoop.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Let me get this straight: a CEO and Chairman of some supposedly hot creative company wants a job as an apprentice for ANYBODY?
    Maybe the way he dressed wasn’t an accident.

  2. In a perfect world, all kumbaya hipsters would be dead.

  3. I agree to a point. As a fan of Apprentice I always try to remain aware that the show’s producers will be trying edit entertainment value into each broadcast. I love watching for the next “Sam” (see season 1) to emerge.
    With that said, I really had trouble figuring out how much of what Danny did (or didn’t do) in episode 1 could have had a less damning flip-side. I think the guy was an editor’s dream this week.