Back in the late 1980s, people still used old-fashioned hard luggage to go on trips, and American Tourister showed how strong their suitcases were by having a gorilla pound on it in TV ads.

As this Evening Magazine profile shows, Boston stand-up comedian Tony V was hired to be the gorilla and represent American Tourister in public appearances. You also get to see a short clip of Tony doing stand-up in the original home of the Comedy Connection. Oh, memories.

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