September 7, 2011

Road Trip Wednesday: I'm Clive ... Clive Bixby

Welcome to our 94th Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?

Oh the choices, the choices... There are just too many to choose from! This is definitely a fun question. When I saw the topic a few characters popped into my head, but then this male college cheerleader flew right to
the top of the pyramid:

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Mr. Phil Dunphy AKA Clive Bixby AKA "Cool Dad".  There is no end to the hilariousness that is this 'ridiculicious' (his words, not mine) fellow. In fact, I'm laughing pretty hard right now even looking at this picture. The funny thing about Phil is that we could plop him down intact in a YA story as the MC and he would fit perfectly. The writers would barely have to switch up his dialogue or anything else about him. Why? Because he seems like he never actually grew up. That's what makes him so AWESOME! His own wife, Claire, refers to him as the "kid [she's] married to".

This coulrophobic former college cheerleader knows all the dance moves to High School Musical and is a Family Camp Dirty Dancing competition champion. What's not to love about that?

Phil Dunphy has the best quotes. Here are a couple winners:
"I love Westerns, the bloodier the better, that's my favorite type of movie - that and anything set against the backdrop of competitive cheerleading."
"A Realtor's just a ninja in a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere. But not me. I'm completely clueless."
"Give a kid a bird and he becomes one of those weird dudes who walks around with a bird on his shoulder. But give him a pair of wings, he can fly...unless he has absolutely no hand-eye coordination."


  1. I love Phil Dunphy! He used to be on this show called Out of Practice where he played a plastic surgeon playboy. Seriously. It's strange (but hilarious) to watch. Great choice!

  2. It was either him or Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. I can only imagine how funny that guy would have been in highschool! :)

  3. OMG, how could I not know about this?! I am actually LOL over his quotes (not just typing and chuckling). I will check this show out immediately.

  4. Ah SHELDON! I would LOVE to see that. I've only seen one episode of Modern Family, so I can't say much about that - but Sheldon would be fantastic!

  5. Haha! This is awesome! I must find Mr. Bixby!

  6. Oh Lord, you have such great taste in fictional men! Phil is pretty high on my Ideal Dad list, along with Lucius Malfoy, Jeremy Irons and Steve Carrell.

    "LOL - Laugh Out Loud. WTF - Why the face?". Makes me giggle every time.


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