David Johnson of D.C. wins spot on Pizza Hut Super Bowl ad (video)


David Johnson of Washington, D.C., raps Pizza Hut’s praises in this advertisement set to air on Super Bowl Sunday. (Courtesy of Pizza Hut)

Today he’s just a D.C. bureaucrat, but come Super Bowl Sunday, David Johnson will be Pizza Hut’s last, best hope to sling pies before kick-off.

The chain held a contest challenging customers to come up with a catchy new jingle. Johnson, 31, a switchboard operator for the Department of Defense, penned a 30-second tune praising the Hut’s delivery time over that of its rivals: “Take it from your boy / if you order from those other places / you’ll just get annoyed.” He won, and the company flew him to a recording studio in Santa Monica, where he rapped over a rhythm track sampled from vintage Pizza Hut spots. The ad will run in a prime slot just before the game begins.

“It was my first time flying,” the Southeast resident told our colleague Aaron Leitko. “They flew me first class. They spoiled me. I’ll never be able to fly coach now because of Pizza Hut.”


President Obama at the White House’s Super Bowl party in 2009. (Pete Souza/The White House)

Read earlier: Super Bowl 2011 at the White House; Super Bowl 2010 at the White House; Super Bowl 2009 at the White House



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