As Ad Age confirms, the actors bickering over the correct way to eat nuts in the Planters’ Super Bowl 2022 commercial are none other than Ken Jeong and Joel McHale. The comedic stars previously appeared together in cult favorite sitcom “Community,” so this ad represents something of a reunion for them. In the hilarious 30-second clip, Jeong finds McHale munching on handfuls of mixed nuts while he opts to eat them more delicately, one at a time.
Jaynee Dykes, senior brand manager for Planters, explained the reasoning behind the ad. “We noticed people go about eating them one of two ways, either all together or they pick them out one at a time.” Dykes said, adding, “We also know that Americans are more than happy to pick sides, so we decided [to] have fun with it and bring to life the all-important, nutty debate of how to eat your Planters Deluxe Mixed Nuts.” Obviously, a fight ensues between Jeong and McHale.
In fact, the commercial ends with the country descending into chaos as people battle over the right way to eat nuts, leading McHale to knowingly quip, “Who knew America would tear itself apart over a relatively minor difference of opinion?” Aside from “Community,” former doctor Jeong has featured in “The Hangover” series and “Crazy Rich Asians,” while McHale put his comedic stylings to the test in “Ted,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” and lots more.