Monday, March 12, 2012

Hang Gliding on a Dorito

My family loves to laugh. And when we find something that cracks all of us up, we go on and on about it like little kids. We impersonate the character in all types of situations. We become as versatile as Kristen Wiig on Saturday Night Live without nearly being as good.

Our latest craze: Marcel the Shell, co-created and performed by former SNL actress Jenny Slate. Our fifteen-year-old introduced him(?) to us. Marcel hooked us immediately. His voice. His deadpan delivery.  He's a memorable character that keeps resurfacing to make us chuckle. On our latest family road trip, hubby reverted to delivering his comments Marcel-style during our two five-hour car drives. Heck, we showed the You Tube video to my octogenarian parents and they came on board the Marcel train too. "How cute!" my mom said. My mom hasn't "gotten" any of her kids' humor for the past thirty years.

Marcel The Shell with Shoes on
Marcel posing with his dog (made out of lint.)

How about you? Do you think Marcel is adorable too? With a series of Marcel books, iPad and iPhone app, and16,686,731 hits on You Tube, my family must not be the only one who's fallen for that little shell.

Kim Van Sickler


  1. I feel so "Up with the incrowd," we discovered Marcel the Shell last Thanksgiving and immediately fell in love with the lill bugga.

    I'm thinking there should be a Marcel Diner or restaurant ala Rainforest Cafe, pretty darn soon.

    Marcel for Congress

  2. I'd vote for him and his little dog too.

  3. My husband has watched Marcel on You Tube and Hubby's laughter drew me in. I didn't realized there was an iPad app. We may need to check that one out.

  4. Okay, now I have to watch the video!

  5. I do not know this Marcel creature, but now I want to. I like the one little eyeball peeking out of the shell.

  6. octogenarian?!?! *snert* He is a cutey patutey! I also didn't know about the ipad app!

  7. Guess what I use to tie my skis to my car? A hair.

    Got introduced to Marcel by my sister Joanna who is a designer. We love Marcel and sadly wish we had created him/her :)