Super Bowl weekend is almost upon us so let’s look back to a far-way, simpler time aka the 2015 Super Bowl when Katy Perry performed “Teenage Dream” during the halftime show flanked by two people in a shark costume. Unfortunately, “left shark” had some issues that night–flailing about and dancing out of sync with the others. Not surprisingly, “left shark” became an immediate internet sensation.
At the time of the incident, the man inside the left shark costume, Bryan Gaw, refused to talk to the press about what had happened. A dancer with Katy Perry’s ensemble for five years, Gaw now works as a hair stylist in West Hollywood and has had a change of mind about talking about that infamous performance. He spoke to NPR about his left shark days.
“So there’s a set choreography,” he told NPR. “There’s also what’s called free-style choreography, or, like, you get to move around or play your character as a dancer. … I’m in a 7-foot blue shark costume. There’s no cool in that. So what’s the other option? Well, I’m gonna play a different character.”
You can hear the full interview here: