George Shea’s introductions at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest are as much a part of the Fourth of July as the gluttony that they precede.
The emcee was at it again on Saturday, bringing his unique brand of poetic, bizarre and hilarious descriptions of the competitors to the stage on Coney Island. From rapping to evoking the Biblical struggle for the souls of humanity, Shea’s verbal virtuosity was on full display.
We put together a video compilation of his best intro material from the 2015 competition:
Update, July 2021: This video has been taken down.
Shea performed a similar rap for “Badlands” Booker last year, but this time he added a whole new verse. You’d have to think he’ll be beefing up new champion Matt Stonie’s intro next year after the upstart eater edged eight-time champion Joey Chestnut to claim his first hot dog title.
Until then, we have this ridiculous montage to tide us over.
[Feature photo courtesy: Getty Images/Andrew Renneisen]