Vince Offer Biography
Vince Offer is an Israeli- born American writer, infomercial pitchman, director and comedian born on 25th April 1964 in Beersheba, Israel and raised in Brooklyn, New York City. He is also known as Vince Offer, Vince Shlomi, “The ShamWow Guy”, or “The Slap Chop Guy”. He owns and appears on commercials of his products “ShamWow!”, an absorbent towel; the “Slap Chop”, a kitchen utensil; “Schticky” a lint roller ;”InVinceable”, a liquid cleaner; and “Crank Chop”, a kitchen utensil.
Vince Offer Age
Vince was born on 25th April 1964 in Beersheba, Israel (54 years as of 2018)
Vince Offer Wife
On 18th April 2014 Vance married Melody Claire Mandate. The couple met in February 2012 through a mutual friend at the Chateau Marmont.
“We started off as friends and decided to be boyfriend and girlfriend in May of 2012. She was born in Arizona and raised in the Philippines. She came back to the US when she was 17 then worked at Disneyland Anaheim when she was 18. After a year she started nursing classes and then worked as a nurse assistant in a private retirement home for nuns,” Offer told toofab.
In 2016 he tweeted that his wife had launched a fashion line.
Hey guys my wife (shamwow girl) just launched her own fashion line. Check out her page and get the dresses you… https://t.co/Q3qDID5Sp3
— Vince Offer (@RealVinceOffer) February 8, 2016
Vince Offer Career
Vince Offer began his career as a vegetable chopper salesman and businessman before turning into directing and acting. In 1999 he acted and directed ‘The Underground Comedy Movie’ which was met with a lot of negative reviews. The film led to several lawsuits and by 2002 Offer was bankrupt and went back to selling vegetable choppers at swap meets to support himself and raise money to complete his film project.
Offer resumed production after a few months into selling vegetable swabs finishing his movie and releasing it. He marketed it on late-night infomercials. The film sold more than in excess of 100,000 copies and Offer has used the proceeds from sales to file a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.
Vince Offer ShamWow Towel
In 2006 he offered to market a an absorbent towel that he called the “ShamWow!”, the word was derived from the French pronunciation of the chamois, often shortened to “shammy” in English. He first saw the cleaning product in flea markets and later visited the manufacturing factory in Germany and he decided to incorporate that fact into the TV pitch.
In the summer of 2007 he filmed the advertisment for the towel with a budget of $20,000, the advert received critical praise. Consumer Reports reported that the infomercial for “ShamWow!” initially featured Offer claiming that the product held “20 times its weight in liquid”. The advert later featured Offer claiming the “ShamWow!” held “12 times its weight in liquid”, then again to “10 times”.
Vince Offer Slap Chop
In December 2008 he appeared in a kitchet-gadget infomercial, advertising the Slap Chop and the Graty. The Slap Chop is a hand-held chopping device with internal blades; to operate it, the user places it over a food item and slaps down the button on the top. The Graty is a cheese grater operated by placing the cheese inside and then turning the outside housing of the utensil which causes the cheese to be grated.
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Vince Offer Schticky
In 2012 Offer began selling “Schticky”, a reusable lint roller that comes in three sizes: little Schticky, Schticky, and big Schticky. The commercial was co-written by the comedian Dante.
Vince Offer InVINCEable
In 2013 Offer began pitching a kitchen cleaner called “InVINCEable”.The product was his first self developed product. He also expressed interest in working as a TV producer for other salespeople.
Vince Offer Net worth
Vince has an estimated net worth of $2 million, he has earned his net worth by appearing in several television commercials for the products ShamWow! a super- absorbent towel, and the Slap Chop, a kitchen gadget.
Vince Offer Jail/ Shamwow Guy Arrested
On 7th February 2009 Vince got into a fight with an alleged prostitute in his room which Offer said occurred after a 12-hour drinking binge. According to police reports the prostitute bite him and wouldn’t let go while Vince struck her with his fist. They were both arrested for aggravated battery, but prosecutors didn’t press charges.
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Vince Offer Interview
So how did you get into infomercials?
Vince Offer: Well, I couldn’t sell this movie I made called Underground Comedy. I put all my own money into it and I sued Anna Nicole Smith because we lost $100,000 because she backed out the day before. So I was watching television and I saw those “Girls Gone Wild” spots and thought maybe that would be a good way to sell the movie. That’s really how it started. I put the trailer on an infomercial on Comedy Central and we sold 50,000 DVD’s that way and eventually sold 50,000 more of them in stores.
How did you then make your way to the ShamWow!?
Vince Offer: Well, I thought, ‘Why am I messing around with this young, male demographic when I can probably do something a little more mainstream.’ I had sold products in flea markets before and I thought a cleaning product would be a good idea. So, in 2006, I came up with the ShamWow! I had seen this type of product at fairs, but it wasn’t well marketed. And from there, I went to this factory in Germany that made them for me.
How did you come up with the name, ShamWow!? Some people think it would be risky to put “Sham” in the title of an infomercial product?
Vince Offer: Well, I thought it was like a chamois, like the real leather one. My first name was “Sham It Up!,” but I didn’t really like that one. “Shamit” was taken. And then I realized that whenever I demonstrated the product people would say “Wow every time. So I thought of the ShamWow! And then added the line, “You say ‘wow’ every time.’
While we’re on the subject of lines, where did you get, “You following me, camera guy?”
Vince Offer: I know it comes out funny, but we were filming during three different weekends in the summer of 2007 in Glendale Studios in California and I had just met the cameraman. So I was really making sure he was following me.
Most people think the funniest line in the commercial is the line where you say, “Made is Germany. You know the Germans always make good stuff.” Where did you get that from?
Vince Offer: It is made in Germany and I thought it was funny that no one ever calls attention to products made in that country. Mercedes certainly doesn’t. I’m not saying that I’ve changed things, but all of a sudden I’m hearing companies saying “German engineering.” I never heard that before. To be truthful, not much “engineering” goes into the ShamWow!
You came off as more aggressive than nice. I think people like that.
Vince Offer: I’ve been to those flea markets and nice doesn’t get people to stop. People stop when you are aggressive and when you bring them in.
Your spot is on air all the time. Do people notice you on the streets now?
Vince Offer: Maybe a little bit more, but my hair doesn’t normally look like that. I spiked it up because I was thinking about people falling asleep at 2 a.m. and I needed to wake them up. Plus, I gained 10 pounds.
We haven’t talked about winning this contest? What are your thoughts?
Vince Offer: It’s really flattering. I don’t think anyone has done this before. The joke is, you think about all the money that probably went into making the first George Foreman commercials. That ShamWow! commercial was really low budget. That cost us like $20,000 to make.
What can you tell me about how many you have sold?
Vince Offer: Definitely millions since it came out late last year.
Lot of people say you used a different carpet for the cola experiment. Did you?
Vince Offer: We poured too much cola on it the first time and it looked messy, but that’s the same carpet. And when I say “real time” that is really picking up the cola from the carpet.
Your first commercial said it holds 20 times its weight in liquid, now it says 12 times. What happened?
Vince Offer: We did more tests on it and decided to be conservative. But I should say that people, overall, are very happy with our product. Returns are very low.
What do you think of legendary infomercial guy, Billy Mays?
Vince Offer: That’s his career and he gets commissions and he’s good at what he does with some of the products.
People say you might be better. That you’re the next Billy Mays.
Vince Offer: I don’t want to be. I’m in the film business, this is not my career.
Even with the success of the ShamWow! and the Slap Chop?
Vince Offer: I’m the owner of these products, I’m not a paid actor in that sense. I’ve been getting a lot of offers to pitch other people’s products, but I’ve declined.
Final question. Is your name really Vince Offer?
Vince Offer: Offer is actually my first name. My Dad is Israeli, so that isn’t totally made up.