You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Watch out, Spencer Gifts: NBC moves into the novelty gag business

Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC.

Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.”

The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed and sold by NBC retail operations and the NBC Universal TV consumer products group.

NBC’s online store has already started selling common novelty fare like hand buzzers, cheese-heads, rubber chickens, whoopee cushions and toilet bowl mugs — all of which have been seen on the show.

But going forward, Peacock has bigger plans for “Outsourced” merchandise. The network is in talks with a real-life novelty company to start using the name Mid-America Novelties, as on the show.

Read the full story here.

More TV

  • Westworld Season 2

    'Westworld': What's Wrong With HBO's Sci-Fi Series

    Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC. Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.” The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed […]

  • Mike Fleiss

    ABC Orders Reality Series 'The Proposal' From 'The Bachelor' Creator

    Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC. Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.” The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed […]

  • Armistead Maupins Tales of the City

    'Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City' Lands Series Order at Netflix

    Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC. Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.” The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed […]

  • Jack Ryan

    'Jack Ryan' Renewed for Season 2 at Amazon Ahead of Series Premiere

    Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC. Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.” The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed […]

  • Nissa Diederich

    Fox 21 TV Studios Promotes Production Exec Nissa Diederich

    Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC. Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.” The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed […]

  • Ink Master

    'Ink Master' Renewed for Season 11 at Paramount Network

    Next time you’re in the market for singing toilet paper, think of NBC. Peacock’s entry into the competitive novelty item biz is tied to its new Thursday night laffer “Outsourced.” The show, which centers on a novelty company that outsources its sales calls to India, has inspired a whole line of products to be developed […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content