The infamous Left Shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl 2015 halftime performance has been revealed to be her longtime backup dancer Bryan Gaw. His performance has come under severe criticism due to his apparent lack of knowledge of the routine.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. One Reviewer Said the ‘Left Shark Failed Out of Choreography School’
The Washington Post described the Left Shark’s performance as doing “his own thing frenetically on national television.” An SB Nation review of Perry’s performance remarked that “the Left Shark failed out of choreography school.”
2. The Left Shark Was Incorrectly Named as a Tinder User Named Garret
After the performance, Twitter and Instagram profiles began popping up with people declaring themselves to be the “halftime shark.” On Reddit, one user said they had found the shark on Tinder. The redditor claimed the shark’s name was Garret. On Garret’s Tinder profile, it reads, “As the saying goes, I’m a lover not a fighter. I dance and like to make friends.”
Garret explicitly stated on his profile page that he was one of the sharks. He was believed to be the Left Shark because the Right Shark was previously named as Perry’s longtime dancer, Scott Myrick. In one conversation on Tinder, Garret was asked, “Are you onstage or in the cast?” He replied, “I’m known as onstage prop cast.” He later added, “I am the shark. You’ll see.”
3. The Process of Elimination Makes Gaw the Left Shark
Eventually, Bryan Gaw admitted that he was a shark in the performance. By not correcting Scott Myrick’s claim of being the right shark, Gaw effectively confirmed he was the Left Shark.
4. He’s One of the 163 People Followed by Katy Perry on Twitter
Gaw’s Instagram profile shows that he’s been working with Katy Perry for a while. He regularly posts photos from backstage at her gigs and TV appearances. This includes some backstage snaps from the Super Bowl. He’s also one of the 163 people whom Katy Perry follows on Twitter.
5. Gaw Has Appeared in Several Movies Including ‘Alvin & the Chipmunks’
According to his Facebook page, Gaw is a native of Houston but now lives in Los Angeles. His page links to a YouTube channel with, weirdly, no videos on it. On his IMDB page, he’s credited with roles in Alvin and the Chipmunks, Drake and Josh Go Hollywood, and Katy Perry: Part of Me. You can check out a compilation of his performances above.