By Tommy Cummings/The Dallas Morning News
You know you’ve arrived as a cultural TV phenomenon when the cameos have a chance to steal the show.
That’s the case for tonight’s Sharknado 2: The Second One.
As Ian Ziering told CNN, “Who were we going to let be eaten? Everyone wanted to be eaten. It seems like it’s a badge of honor to have that on your IMDb account when it says “Man #2 eaten in ‘Sharknado.’ ”
The list of cameos reads like a cast list for It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. (OK, that’s a very, very old-school reference).
So, I turned to Twitter to ask a few of those with cameos why they’re doing it. Why did you want to be in Sharknado? Judah Friedlander, best known for his role in 30 Rock, celeb blogger Perez Hilton and former MTV host Downtown Julie Brown replied via Twitter:
Here’s one Sharknado fan’s top-10 cameos for tonight: Robert Hays: Have him mention gladiator movies, please. Jared “The Subway Guy” Fogle: You laugh now, but shark could be one of the ingredients on your next Subway sandwich. Robert Klein: Comedian from as far back as the Ed Sullivan Show. Downtown Julie Brown: Former MTV host. Will she scream “wubba, wubba, wubba” if she sees a shark? Andy Dick: He’ll play a cop. Irony. Michael Strahan: It’s personal. Sharks attack Giants Stadium. Judd Hirsch: Yep, he’s showing up in a taxi. Kelly Ripa: Soap star, talk-show host, Sharknado star. Full circle. Billy Ray Cyrus: Mullet vs. sharks? The Naked Cowboy: Of course, it’s New York. Others include: Mark McGrath, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Sandra (Pepa) Denton, Kari Wührer, Courtney Baxter, Dante Palminteri, Kurt Angle, Stephanie Abrams, Kelly Oxford, Biz Markie, D.C. Douglas, Richard Kind, Kelly Osbourne, Benjy Bronk, Raphael Miranda, Daymond John, to name a few.