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The Guy Behind "Left Shark" Finally Talked About What Happened During That Super Bowl Performance

Spoiler: It was all planned.

Posted on January 31, 2018, at 5:18 p.m. ET

Many Americans will gather around their television sets on Sunday and watch the Super Bowl while chomping on various snack foods, but did you ever wonder what happened to that person behind the infamous "Left Shark" meme from 2015?

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Ya know, the guy who sorta just did his own thing while Katy Perry sang, leaving everyone wondering why "Right Shark" was the only fish moving his fins in sync with the music?


Well, in an interview with NPR on Wednesday, Bryan Gaw officially outed himself as the man behind "Left Shark," sharing what went down during one of the most memorable* halftime performances in recent memory.

Gaw used to be one of Perry's favorite dancers, but he now makes a living styling hair on Mondays at Mare salon in West Hollywood.

Gaw explained that there was "flexibility" with the choreography, so the moves he made were completely intentional. That's right, it was all planned.

"So there's a set choreography," Gaw said. "There's also what's called freestyle 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."

The character Gaw says he was aiming to channel was "an underdog," the "every day person."

And if you thought Gaw would be ashamed to claim his portion of pop culture history on his résumé, you'd be wrong. "People are like, 'Whoa, that's so cool,'" he said, when asked how people respond to seeing that entry on his work history.

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"Don't take life so seriously," Gaw said. "I was on the biggest stage in the world, acting crazy."

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