The release of the latest iteration of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK is just around the corner, and with it comes a legion of new commercials for you to love and cherish! While we tie up loose ends for the new game (coming soon in The Jackbox Party Pack 5), we thought we’d share which ones are our favorites from You Don’t Hear Jack Vol. 2. Click here to listen to each one!
Don’t Say Pajamas! (#3)
“To me, Don’t Say Pajamas! is a perfect example of a YDKJ commercial. It’s got a ridiculous premise, lots of sound effects, and a great punchline. And the host is named Terry St. Pancakes for no reason at all. What more could you want?” – Ryan DiGiorgi, Game Director/Editor
Carpet: The Musical (#5)
“I love this one. It seems like it was written for Tim Sniffen and Steve(o) Heinrich, because… I guess it was. My favorite part is “…the highs, and lows of Carpet…” because it sounds like Steveo is literally choking on shag carpet by the end.” – Allard Laban, Chief Creative Officer
Vance VanVan’s Van Lot (#6)
“It’s impossible to pick my “favorite” commercial, so I’ll just pick “a” favorite: Vance Van Van’s Van Lot. The drawn-out pacing, Arnie Niekamp’s hilarious read, the slow blues music in the background – it’s all chef-kiss perfect.
I found the email where Arnie sent me the initial script and he had it pretty much exactly like the finished commercial but it didn’t really have an ending. I replied, “It’d be great to work in something like, ‘And remember, if Vance VanVan’s Van lot’s a-rockin’, be sure to stop in… and buy a van.” He added that and then added “… from me… Vance VanVan,” which just made it 100 times funnier. Also of note, my youngest kid, who was eight at the time, read the line “Hey Vance, what’s that weird burning smell?”” – Andy Poland, VP of Audio and Editorial
John Taylor’s Suit Emporium (#14)
“This commercial parody always made me laugh. A great premise that just keeps topping itself. No matter how many times I listen to it, I still can’t do the math and figure out how the deal works.” – Dave Innis, Art Director
Stanton’s Rhyming Dictionary (#30)
“It’s really hard to pick just one, and while I love the final line in High Horse Coffee, I’ll have go to with Stanton’s Rhyming Dictionary. I remember taking way too long to figure out what was going on when I first listened to it, but now this goofy joke gets me every time. Also, Garow is a great name.” – Evan Jacover, Chief Technology Officer
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Which YOU DON’T KNOW JACK commercial is your favorite?
Come back to the 90’s with us, for a tour de force of the greatest rap beefs of the era. Except, in this timeline, that era went a little differently. We call it Mad Verse City, and it’s the third game in The Jackbox Party Pack 5.
Giant robots have invaded, and they want one thing: to set the city ablaze with their best verses. Thankfully, all citizens of Mad Verse City are out of town, except for a thirsty and rambunctious crowd and our esteemed hosts, Chicago legend Shadow Master MC and his sidekick, DJ Raych. They’re going to do their best to referee this competition as these Titan MCs let loose on the mic. At stake are mountains of cash, and the respect of whatever is left of the city when they’re done. Join them this fall to decide who is the greatest in Mad Verse City!
* Beautiful, retro-cartoony art.
* The ability to write sick rhymes using your smartphone.
* Hear your MC avatar rap the bars you write out loud (they’re a little robotic, but they are doing their best).
* HUGE scores. Try to make a million dollars!
* “Write for Me” and “Suggestions” to help you when you’re off your game.
* Cheer along during the raps and hear the crowd roar.
Watch our friends at Polygon give a first look at an early version of Mad Verse City here.
Mad Verse City will join YOU DON’T KNOW JACK and Split the Room, along with two other to-be-announced games in The Jackbox Party Pack 5. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the latest updates about the pack, coming this fall.
July is National Family Reunion Month (yes, there is even a month for THIS). We don’t want to make assumptions about your family but when the evening of “Family Reunion: Day 3” rolls around you might be in need of an emergency activity to liven things up.
Let Jackbox Games be your go-to party game that will provide a much-needed break from:
- Questions about where your ex-girlfriend is living these days because she was “Such a nice girl!”
- Advice about how to price-check brake pads from your Mom’s loudest Uncle
- Repeating the only accessible and semi-humorous story you have about your job over and over again
First, you’re going to need to remember to pack an iPad, laptop, or Nintendo Switch with your Jackbox Game already downloaded. The Jackbox Party Pack 4 is available on multiple platforms that allow you to play in locations other than your own home. If you’re using an iPad, check out this blog post about how to connect it to a TV to make it easier for others to view.
Then, we suggest playing this video for everyone about how to connect to the game. Each player will need a smartphone to join. If you have more family than the game has players, excess people can still join as an audience member on their phone and participate in gameplay in other ways.
From there, you’re off to the races! Want to learn weird facts about your cousins? Try Fibbage: Enough About You! Want to avoid things getting too competitive because you still have 4 more days with each other? Try Civic Doodle and create art together as a team! If you’re going to yell at your family, it might as well be playful!
What are you waiting for? Check out our games page to see which ones are currently on sale now!