Flashback: Tony V as the American Tourister Gorilla

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.

Roll the clip!


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One thought on “Flashback: Tony V as the American Tourister Gorilla

  1. Man, he didn’t have to take off his shoes or get a cavity search. Ah, the good ol’ days of flying.

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