“This is my first time hosting a late-night talk show,” Craig Ferguson‘s sub noted. “This is actually a really huge get for me… You probably saw my first guests perform during Katy Perry‘s Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, now the most watched show in history. Please welcome, the Super Bowl halftime sharks!”
The costume-clad sharks joined a “marine biologist” (and apparent shark expert) named Carl on the stage as Mayer posed question after question. “The sharks don’t speak,” Carl noted to Mayer, 37, adding: “Of course they can dance, they’re Super Bowl sharks!”
Perry’s “left shark” stole the show during her Super Bowl performance on Sunday, sparking Internet memes and GIFs left and right. It was later revealed that the underwater suspect was one of Perry’s longtime backup dancers Bryan Gaw.
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen also took a photo with Perry’s sharks backstage of the show on Wednesday. “WHAAAAAAAT,” the supermodel wrote alongside a pic in which she and her husband were sandwiched between the sea creatures.
The “Roar” singer’s choreographer RJ Durell spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the Super Bowl choreography and noted: “The sharks were given two main objectives. One, perform Katy’s trademark moves to the ‘Teenage Dream’ chorus, which they both did perfectly; and two, to have loads of fun, and bring to life these characters in a cartoon manner, giving them a Tweedledee/Tweedledum-type persona.”
Mayer — who celebrated with his on-again love Perry, 30, after the show at a Super Bowl afterparty — also welcomed pal Andy Cohen to the show, where the two ended up discussing Perry’s Super Bowl performance.
“It was unbelievable,” Mayer noted of his on-again girlfriend. “And I think the whole thing about the sharks, everybody wants to talk about the sharks because it’s just something everyone can grab onto because not everyone feels comfortable walking around saying that Katy Perry was amazing… She made the Internet a kind and gentle place for a day. It was awesome.”
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