I believe it was Ivar Hagland who first made clams funny in the Puget Sound area.
I couldn’t find a video of the original Dancing Clams, but the Ivar’s Web site contains a bunch of clammy TV commercials made as parodies of movies. The one embedded to the right is called “Ivar’s Chariots of Clams,” a takeoff of the runners on the beach at the beginning of “Chariots of Fire.”
In a different vein, there is “Ivar’s Rapping Fishermen.” Finally, in searching for these old videos, I found a music video about Ivar’s by Jr Cadillac, one of Seattle’s original rock ‘n’ roll bands. It’s called “Ivar’s Singing Clams.”
Before leaving Ivar’s multimedia, I’d like to leave you with a song sung by Ivar himself called
If recollections of Ivar Haglund aren’t amusing enough, I’d like to point out that the mascot of The Evergreen State College is a giant clam, the geoduck. Is the photo I found on the school’s Web site really the mascot that incites team spirit at sports events? Click here to read the lyrics to “The Geoduck Fight Song.”
I’ll leave you with a recent bit by Stephen Colbert, who apparently enjoys putting eyes on little clams and dressing them up to look like movie characters. Click on the video player for “Googly Eyed Clams.”