‘She’s Your Lobster’ | Memorable Lobster Moments in Pop Culture

How many of these lobster-filled pop culture moments from film, television, music, sports, literature, and art do you remember?

By Yankee Magazine

Jun 15 2017


Woody Allen in the classic film, Annie Hall.

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Lobster Telephone

At the Galerie des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1938, Salvador Dalí exhibits this work featuring an actual dead lobster (his other versions used fake ones). The surrealist artist once mused, “I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone.”

Annie Hall

One of the best-loved scenes from this 1977 classic Woody Allen film revolves around lobsters running amok as the two main characters try to cook them (“Talk to him. You speak shellfish!”).

Woody Allen in the classic film, Annie Hall.
Woody Allen in the classic film, Annie Hall.
Photo Credit : Rollins/Joffee Productions/Ronald Grant Archive/Alamy Stock Photo

“Rock Lobster”

This quirky 1979 beach-party anthem would become a signature song for new-wave band the B-52s, who hit the big time in the ’80s with “Love Shack” and “Roam.”

“The Lobster”

In the 1986 folio The Scottish Bestiary, poet George Mackay Brown offers an ode to this “samurai” of crustaceans: “There you clank, in dark blue armour / Along the ocean floor … Nothing stands in your way, swashbuckler.”

The Simpsons

Lobsters can in fact be kept as pets, as Homer learns in a 1998 episode of the long-running Fox series. Just don’t give them hot baths.


In a 1996 episode of the NBC sitcom, Phoebe declares that lobsters fall in love and mate for life (sadly untrue), and she tries to convince Ross not to give up on his feelings for Rachel by assuring him, “She’s your lobster.”

The Lobster Chronicles

Three years after her best-selling debut, The Hungry Ocean, Linda Greenlaw pens this 2002 memoir about lobstering off Isle au Haut: “I loved the sound of the lobsters’ shells’ muffled applause as they clapped against themselves… A full trap sounded like a standing ovation.”

“Consider the Lobster”

David Foster Wallace ponders the ethics of cooking and eating lobster in this landmark essay, published in the August 2004 Gourmet.

The Maine Red Claws

Portland’s minor league basketball team gets its moniker in a 2009 name-the-team contest. Other suggestions included “Crushers” and “Traps.”

The Lobster

Nominated for a 2017 Oscar for best original screenplay, this dark comedy/romance imagines a future in which people must find romantic partners or be turned into animals. One character says he’d like to be a lobster because “[they] live for over 100 years, are blue-blooded like aristocrats, and stay fertile all their lives.”

What lobster moments would you add to the list?