The Cult of the Progressive Car Insurance Chick

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Am I the only one completely and totally enamored of the woman in the television ads for Progressive car insurance? You know, the ones starring that babelicious brunette named Flo with her “tricked out nametag” and her 60s style eye makeup and her kissable red red lips?

Apparently I’m not the only one, as the Internet is full of people trying to figure out the identity of said girl. Yahoo’s answer service is asking, “Who is the checkout girl in the Progressive Insurance commercials?” while the rambling folks over at Wiki answers are pondering, “Who is the girl with short dark hair checkout girl in the new progressive insurance commercial?” and the people at Answerbag are getting very detailed with their query, wondering, “Who is the woman in the new Progressive Insurance ad? She is the checkout girl who says `Wow, I know, I say it louder.’”

The answer, it turns out, is Stephanie Courtney, a 38-year-old actress whose resume includes an episode of ER as well as a couple of performances on my new favorite show, Mad Men (where I didn’t even recognize her without that make-up and sassy `tude.) According to IMDB, she’s a member of the influential Los Angeles comedy group The Groundlings, and she’s written her own show called “Hooray for America.”

All that’s lovely, but I’m trying to put my finger on what it is about her that has so many people searching to learn more. Is it her fabulous comic timing, her over the top facial expressions, her cute as a button retro flip? Or is it the slight hint of a bad girl that lies just under the surface? The promise of a tattoo under that check out girl uniform? The possibility of a motorcycle parked out back?

Or is it simply the fact that people are enjoying watching a non-Hollywood type (meaning, not 20, not blonde, not stick thin) get the spotlight?

I’m not sure why she’s so popular, but I do have a feeling that Stephanie Courtney is going to get a sitcom deal or a movie out of this buzz. Somehow, I don’t think that that scary tan lady from Auto Insurance Discounters can say the same thing. -- Jennifer Mathieu


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El214y
El214y

frankly, i don't know why progressive thinks flo, with the garish red lipstick, would make anyone want to buy their insurance.  what does she have to do with the benefits of buying their insurance?  i understand (not really) that a lot of guys think she's attractive....but do they buy the insurance?

Beeobee1
Beeobee1

If anyone dislikes "Flo" they shold check out the web  for Progressive Insurance and see just what a sleezebag outfit it is. Find a site that lists consumer complaints about Progressive, check out consumer complaints then see if you would ever buy insurance from this bunch of theives!!!!!!!

Darlingrbert
Darlingrbert

I almost vomit when I open my computer and see this @#@! from progressive.I have no use for progressive or her.they lie to get you in the door.ask them to put thier lies in writting and they won't. 

Dakoostic
Dakoostic

 To a person of such verbal mastery,

I agree with your statement, although, I may lack the sheer eloquence with which you stated your original account of your experience.

Let it be known, I AGREE with you. If anything, I lend my condolences for the incomprehensible and seemingly inevitable effects of a media that is blasted upon us.........with no regard for our well-being. Thank you for approaching this subject from such an intelligent and introspective standpoint. Your view is definitely one of the most intelligent and reflective views that I've come across. Please, as articles come in, "post" your views. The world will definitely benefit!

Dakoostic
Dakoostic

To a person of such verbal mastery,

I agree with your statement, although, I may lack the sheer eloquence with which you stated your original account of your experience.

Let it be known, I AGREE with you. If anything, I lend my condolences for the incomprehensible and seemingly inevitable effects of a media that is blasted upon us.........with no regard for our well-being. Thank you for approaching this subject from such an intelligent and introspective standpoint. Your view is definitely one of the most intelligent and reflective views that I've come across. Please, as articles come in, "post" your views. The world will definitely benefit!

Dakoostic
Dakoostic

For those of you who haven't seen this woman without all the ghastly "progessive" make-up on, she's actually a very attractive woman. I know, you may say, "What?! No way!" But she is. It's amazing what make-up and shoving some plastic thing under your hair, can do. Progressive makes this woman look like a 1950's whore. I recently saw an actual life photo of her, and she is very beautiful and sophisticated lookingl. I say that, while agreeing that the "progressive chick" is "disturbingly unattractive" to say the least. Don't under-estimate the power of "MEDIA", to warp our perceptions.

Crashunderwood
Crashunderwood

Lucky you...obviously you must be pretty. Enjoy the attention.

Crashunderwood
Crashunderwood

Stephanie is indeed awesome and very popular in Canada. We love her, and I would like to see her in a good movie role. She has a very rare charm that is refreshung. Would love to see her guest star on Big Bang Theory as a wacky scientist...

Eve6
Eve6

She is a pretty popular lady now she deserves a movie. But it would have to be a one of a kind role. And the retro innocence is pretty attractive. And shes in her late 30"s perfect age

Skeen55
Skeen55

I think "Flo's" hair bump gets bigger with each new commercial she makes for progressive

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Jcengh
Jcengh

She is so popular because most men my age are sick of her whiney voice, crappy hairdo, and nurse-like oufit...she looks like the inconsiderate bimbo that is going to care for me in my last few days on earth...shoving I/Vs in my arm and texting while she spoon feeds my pea soup.....please god, make her go away! ENOUGH!!

Peny4mythoughts
Peny4mythoughts

I saw a girl that looked like her at a Texas Defensive Driving company called Comedy Driving Inc which i took for that 10% discount. I thought it was going to be a lame course but this comedy company really made it entertaining and made defensive driving bearable.

spike
spike

I will NEVER buy insurance from Progressive, GIECO, State Farm, 21st Century, or any other insurance companies that continually invade the airwaves with their sickening commercials. I wonder how much of your premiums go to their advertising budget. I have never seen an ad by the insurance company I use, and that is fine by me.

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nate
nate

Are all of you like fifty years old or something? I find...."FLO" quite fucking repulsive and unatractive. The sound of her voice makes me want to rip my testicles clean out from under my crotch. She is neither attractive nor funny. In fact, i'll never purchase a single thing from Progressive because of those god awful, completely American comercials. Fuck you FLO, i hate you

Jim
Jim

The first commercial I saw her in made me laugh so hard milk squarted out of me nose, which was realy strange because I was drinking coke at the time.

Hap, tur?u,lida, biber
Hap, tur?u,lida, biber

It's definitely the slutty nurse look. Looks like she knows what to do with a rubber glove.

Dave the Flo loving monster
Dave the Flo loving monster

I like to read good and bad comments, but mainly like short ones. Flo is hot not only because of the caked on makeup (Like a hooker), but because she is up for anything (which is what any perv like me loves in a woman). This portrayal (or character) is also appealing as it resembles the character Elliot on "Scrubs". Both of these ladies are genuinely feminine. They seem to represent the women who are not ugly (facially disfigured) nor fat (bodily disfigured), but it seems like they can't find a man and are extremely horny (another perv fetish). Desperate enough to do anything. I have come full circle with my point so now it's time for me to watch Scrubs with progressive commercials, imagine Flo and Elliot nude, and masterbate fantasizing about their nice big boobies. YAY BOOBIES!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I hate this idiot! She's not even funny at all. I wish these damn ads would stop, or she could just die, either way

Steve-o
Steve-o

Any guy who thinks this chick is good looking is either a mental case or *really* desperate

Dave
Dave

You are not alone, I want to shag her rotten

c
c

i hate this skanky broad. my fantasy commercial is someone coming into the progressive.com store and blowing her nasty head off her shoulders with an AK47. she is the most annoying female dog ever born. i read a comment about her where it was said you either want to 'date her, befriend her, or buy her insurance.' WRONG!!!! i want to take a bucket of hot doo-doo and dump it on her skanky head, then feed her to said hogs. i wish progressive would lose this female dog. good thing i record everything and can fast-forward through the sickening 'flo' commercials, or else if not recorded, there is always the mute option!!

WIZARD
WIZARD

I'm probably gonna get spammed after this post, but, I gotta speech: Because Flo is so magnetic, I'm thinking the networks are sold on the fact that she draws viewers in, haters and lovers alike. Networks need them all. Haters speak about it and cause curiosity spawning more viewers. Likewise, so do the lovers. Therefore, DISCOUNT! The networks get great bargain rates from the insurance company and also sell the ads to the insurance company at a very low price per slot...maybe even trading off for the slots with coverages. Next: Flo is very attractive because she is not a turtle. Her mind is quick and witty and keeps the peace alive between everyone she deals with, giving them much hope for their future. That kind of attractiveness is to die for. She's bright and very clean. Full of ideas...07734 (hello!). This means she has a great imagination and continues to allow herself to become inspired. Then shares her inspiration with others because she loves to reach out to people. She's not selling sex and that is the greatest turn-on. It leaves you thinking about what it would be like to be closer to her. Am I in love with "Flo" or Stephanie? I think either one would make me happy. Oh to have a slow dance with her...office party or some New York ballroom...would be absolutely wonderful. I can just imagine the fun we would have talking with a mind like hers. I would be smiling even when the clouds roll in. I do have to say, though, and this could nix or fix this company, these commercials may be steering people the other way. I haven't a clue as to what the new customer numbers are, but, I hope they can write off these commercials in their tax returns. SO MANY negative, hateful, probably young people with no sense of wit commenting here. SO MANY females feeling threatened by her somehow which is foolishness. "Flo" is what the world needs. For me, she represents peace. Because that's what she does...brings people together. And sprinkled with love. But, if people are watching because she's attractive and/or non-attractive, they're missing the company's beck and call to help them. And by God, they had better deliver after this girl throws her soul out into the world to bring them in. She doesn't deserve to be trashed. I got your hug, Stephanie.

john lee
john lee

The people tht say she is bad and say other bad stuff about her r just focking gay u guys r ella dum for saying tht stuff about her she is hella fine and great I wish I could meet her and yeah so all u guy r gay she's kool and u guys r gay and auh yeah I'm. $$$[]D[][]/[][]D$$$ don't diss on her or your just going to b lame

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leon
leon

She's a giant kotex pad.

steven todorovich
steven todorovich

I hate her and the commercials. I wish someone would just realize how idiotic those commercials are...and how retarded she comes across in them. She should drop dead...and the creator(s) of the ad should be burned at the stake.

John driscoll
John driscoll

Flo mentions she likes to ride the Pink Pony every once in awhile? I am surprised the sensors and honchos at the Networks did not catch that euphemism for getting the high hard one ?

mateo
mateo

I'm totally with all the folks who find her super-annoying. The Insurance Store "gimmick" isn't all that interesting to begin with (OK, so we're in a "store" where you can "shop" for insurance... BFD!). And then you've got to deal with this smarmy ditz... jeez, gag me!!

But sexual attraction works in strange ways, so I can see how some guys might find a woman like that attractive in a perverse sorta way, kinda like digging your nerdy H.S. teacher or having a thang for overweight gals.

Anti-Bob
Anti-Bob

Hot???

She is a DORK!

What are you: bBind, a baffoon, or just gay?

Nanor
Nanor

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marie
marie

I'm sorry, but Flo and the Progressive commercials make me want to do something senselessly violent. There are few things I hate more than Flo and the Progressive commercials. As a matter of fact, because of Flo, I have decided I will never, ever use Progressive. The woman, her inane perkiness, her impossibly garish red lipstick... it gives me hives. :(

Tony
Tony

I thought the Progressive girl was obnoxious but my wife thought she was cute.

Of course, we have not been influenced by the commercial to the point that we would check out their insurance rates. Maybe we should.

Chris Norton
Chris Norton

Flo is totally bangin. And this is coming from a guy that has had sess with over 350 women!

jack
jack

Flo is a riot! ALL the commercials are always funny and well written. Id like to know who writes those silly commercials.

Gregory Despain
Gregory Despain

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Marc
Marc

Diva,

Kinda agreed with you early on, but Courtney grows on ya. Her nuanced line deliveries are ingenious, although it helps that she's cute and perky. Or something. Like others, it's hard to put your finger on what exactly the magic is. It's almost as if she got halfway into Goth and decided halfway was good enough.

William Viggersnitch
William Viggersnitch

who is paying for all those commercials? They are on every channel 4 to 5 times an hour. Has to be tremendously expensive. Do I smell Obama in this somewhere?

JPalto
JPalto

LMAO willie. The girl is very cute and bubbly and seems to have a nice attitude (unless she is just plain acting) considering what Momo says. But reading some of these comments about her making you buy car insurance no matter what the cost, that is what her goal is. She is nothing but a bitch who somehow got promoted to a powerful position (spokeswoman LMAO) at a no-good company for dumbasses that don't know how to drive. She could basically be the same slut at the law-firm that defends fucktards being charged for DUI (yeah what a fucking waste of money, yall know you is drunk). DO NEVER PAY EXTRA BECAUSE A BITCH ("girl" for you faggot virgins)!

Shrek the 3rd sucks

frond
frond

Funny Ads. Flo is great. Goofy, retro, with an undercurrent of seductive erotica. Put her in a nurses' uniform with a big warm wet sponge or in a pleather jumpsuit with boots and a riding crop and tell me you couldn't waste an afternoon.

If she ever disappears, check my basement.

(Same for Regina Spektor, Brenda Song, &c.)

willie
willie

Flo looks like a giant maxi pad. Big,thick, white, boxy, and uncomfortable. She has no muscles in her upper arms.

stevefnp1
stevefnp1

I think flo is f'hony and so irritating that i will make it a point not to be associated with their product. I guess they think stupid people commercials are what i am after in car insurance and not quality and efficiency at a good price although i will take the caveman over this bizarre femme who looks clown-like and acts like she is manic. I can't imagine anyone would actually like to be around her except maybe lucille ball.

Anonymous
Anonymous

hawt. just..pure...hawtness....

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