If you’ve ever contemplated a lentil as a hat, or whether you’d prefer to ski using toe nails from a man or hang glide on a Dorito, there is a fair likelihood that you are familiar with a series of viral YouTube videos in which a tiny shell wearing pink sneakers, aptly titled Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, shares his microscopic lament and offers sound life advice.
Since inception, Marcel the Shell has been spun off into a children’s book. And its narrator and part-brainchild, the ineffable Jenny Slate and most recent subject of Man Repeller’s The Chatroom has seen success that mirrors Marcel’s. Best known for her recurring stints on Parks and Rereation, House of Lies, and Kroll, Slate’s most recent creative endeavors include a film that premiered at Sundance called Obvious Child and a role on the FX series, Married.
Though her policies on Internet-use are more liberal than those of the previous Iris Apfel’s, she maintains that due to its vastness, the Internet can be fairly intimidating. Thankfully, this doesn’t inhibit the multitude of anecdotes she generously shares on the proper way to wear a thong, what it really means to “boot up” a computer and a Y2K impulse piercing.
Watch, laugh, learn, discuss.