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 St. Petersburg on June 6, 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.
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 important though is that in the second round, they have to perform to a mystery song that they haven't prepared a routine for — that's 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 planet 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.
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?