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Air Sex World Championships' Chris Trew talks onstage air-humping, his beef with air guitar and more

Chris Trew, at right, founded the Air Sex World Championships and tours the country as emcee.

Chris Trew, at right, founded the Air Sex World Championships and tours the country as emcee.

Quick: what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in public?

If your answer isn’t “Pretend to make love to an imaginary person,” now is your chance to add something special to your list of things you will never tell your future children.

The Air Sex World Championships, hosted by comedian Chris Trew, rolls into the Local 662 in St. Petersburg on June 6 (click here for details), offering a stage for all comers who like to display their sexy-time techniques.

Trew talked to tbt* about how Air Sex came to be and his bid to get it into the Olympics.

When did you first hear about Air Sex?

We started the show in 2007 as one time parody of Air Guitar — a one time joke — and it went really well . So we kept doing it and then in 2009 we thought we should take this beyond Austin (Texas) and went on our first nationwide tour. We is just me and the show. I’m pretty much a one man crew. I book the shows and host the shows. I’m the tour manager. It’s a minimal tour. There are no props.

How did your friends and family react to your involvement with the show?

My mom and dad are loving it. At least, I hope they are. I haven’t gotten them into the audience yet. But they saw me on America’s Got Talent sticking my dong in an imaginary hole. 

What kind of people typically win Air Sex competitions?

I’m not s----ing you when I say there are really all kinds. There’s the super funny person, comedically trained with a really good idea. There’s the really attractive girl or guy who looks really good doing this really bizarre thing. There is the weirdo, who never thought about trying something like this and then they get on stage and are really good at it. There’s not a dominating personality. It really is all kinds. Young, old, men, women, funny, not funny. It’s all over the place.

Is music selection a big deal when scoring?

It’s pretty huge. If I’m calling up the Whale F---er and someone is pretending to climb up a whale and have sex with the blowhole, the audience will think it’s pretty clever if they have a pretty nice water-themed song. They could also play something like Bump & Grind and the crowd will clap for it real big. Song selection is key. What’s in the important though is that the second round, they have to perform to a mystery song that they haven’t prepared a routine for that when the raw talent shines through.

In the past, we had people perform to the (Star Spangled Banner) in Washington, D.C. And in San Francisco we had them do it to the Full House theme. 

Is there one particular performance you’d like to scrub from your mind? When was it? What happened?

No. I’m not afraid of anything with this show. Nothing. Consider this a challenge, Tampa: I haven’t been grossed out in this show in very long time. It’s true that no one on the plant has seen more Air Sex than I have. I do have a an expert eye for it. The only ones that I don’t like are the ones that aren’t really Air Sex where the person brings someone up on stage and starts rubbing on them and dancing with them. That’s not what this is about. It’s irritating.  So I encourage people to come and gross me out. Let’s get creative. Let’s raise the stakes, y’all.

Do you admire the contestants? Why or why not?

It takes a lot of guts for any person to get up on the stage and perform and i think it takes the most guts for comedy and this is a form of that. You have to get up there and make a silly thing out of intimate act. It takes a special person... And isn’t it cool that these people finally have a place to show their talent? I don’t know what they did before. They were probably getting sad all the time. We’re making a difference in the world. We hope to one day be an official sport at the Olympics. Right now, I just keep tweeting at the Olympic committee. It’s a real casual approach to a major thing I’m trying to do.

How hard is it to explain what you do to a layman?

Actually, it’s not that hard at all anymore. I think one of the cool things about Air Sex is how self explanatory the title is. Sometimes you get a person who is like, “Surely, that doesn’t mean what I think it means.” And I’ll say, actually it does. It means exactly what you think it means. A person goes up and has sex with the air.

Why is Air Sex touring the southeast?

We’ve never done Florida before. We’re shooting a documentary and we wanted to go to some places we’d never been. New places leads you to get some really nice crowds of people who may have heard of Air Sex but weren’t able to go or people who are just curious. That’s why we were eager to hit Florida.

Do you see past winners again at events in other cities?

There have been a couple of people who won and came other cities. Some of them felt slighted and wanted to give it another try. But I don’t travel with champions. One day, I’d like to do a grand champion tour like showing up to your town with five awesome performers and costumes and a stage show like a circus, but we’re not quite there yet.

Why is Air Sex better than air guitar?

First of all, air guitar is pretty boring. The first time you see it’s a ton of fun. The second time it’s less fun but you’re glad you went. And then you should just stop going. I’ve seen lots of people get really into this. Air Sex is way more interesting. Music is important. The world need music. We use music in our shows. But I feel like there are maybe 10 ways to play Air Guitar and five look very similar. There are 10,000 ways to do Air Sex. It will always be more interesting and funnier. It will always be a better party.

Side note: Air guitar people started a beef with us. I’m just keeping the grudge alive.

How would you encourage people in the Tampa Bay area to hit the stage?

Look, think about that time you had a really bizarre sexual experience and you were never really able to explain it. Now you can go and show it. And for those fantasy freaks: think about the way you wish it would be? Why don’t you show it? Show don’t tell, you know what I mean?

To budding comedians, this is a great platform to show your skill. Hey actors! Show us what you can do? Librarians, scientists, teachers... shouldn’t you be in the Air Sex Championships, too?

What do the winners get?

We do the local events to determine who goes to the regional competitions. There is online voting as well. Whoever wins the Florida regional will get free air fare to go and compete for the most prestigious title in all sports. And it’s an actual championship belt! This is not a beauty pageant or a Girl Scout Cookie-selling competition where the winner gets a gift certificate. This a is a sport to get you in the record books. The championship belt is yours to keep along with the undying respect. You’ll get flooded with press trying to interview you. And I’m sure that actual sex will come way more often and in better forms.



[Last modified: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 11:05pm]

    

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