The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is an institution on every July 4th but it’s the legendary introductions of George Shea that puts this event on another level.
Rocking a suit with a hat that a barbershop quartet would wear, Shea perfects the kind of atmosphere that the contest wants to portray. It’s an event that is campy and over-the-top in nature and Shea goes all-in while also respecting the competitors for the accomplishments they have achieved in the competitive eating world.
This year, Shea stepped up to be better than ever, even going so far as getting into a rap battle with competitive eater and rapper Eric “Badlands” Booker. Here is some of Shea’s best intros this year.
Joey Chestnut wound up winning the men’s contest for the 11th time, eating 64 hot dogs (later corrected to 73 and a new World Record) while Miki Sudo won the women’s competition with 35 hot dogs.