This much is clear: Someone in the writers' room at "Saturday Night Live" really, really doesn't think highly of Jos. A. Bank suits. The weekend's edition of "SNL" included this harsh faux commercial for the men's clothing chain, with cast member Vanessa Bayer playing a cheerful suburban mom who's concluded that "with their innovative 'Buy 1, Get 3 Free' pricing, a suit from Jos. A. Bank is effectively cheaper than paper towels!" A product-demo montage follows, with Jos. A. Bank suits being used to sop up spilled coffee, bacon grease and more around the house; additional sight gags slam the quality of the suits.
The Baltimore Sun (Jos. A. Bank was founded in Baltimore) declared the parody to be "brutal." We agree.
Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.