Sharknado actor Ian Ziering has been leading the Jaws-themed jokes after a shark was found on the New York City subway in what appears to be a case of life imitating art. Ziering has won himself a cult following for his role in the comedy-horror TV movie about a storm which picks up hundreds of killer sharks and deposits them on the streets of Los Angeles.
A sequel set in the Big Apple is in the works, and Ziering was able to see the funny side when a four-foot (1.2-metre) long dogfish shark was found on a subway train in the city this week (beg05Aug13), joking to the New York Post, "Never mind the umbrella, (commuters) grab your chainsaw!"
Reports suggest the conductor informed passengers there was "a shark aboard the train" and ordered an evacuation.
The subway shark has since become an online sensation, and even has its own Twitter.com account, while a number of stars have been keen to wade in with Sharknado comparisons.
Jack Osbourne posted a link to the story on his Twitter.com page, writing "Sharknado is real" while British actor Mathew Horne adds, "When shark imitates life. Sharknado," and fellow Brit Frances Barber, writes, "Watched Sharknado last night & now LOOK !!!! BBC News - Shark found on New York subway."
The subway shark incident comes amid the Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week festivities, which features themed programs broadcasting over seven days in more than 70 countries.
"Want to send a gift to my ex as it's 2 (sic) yrs (years) today since the break up, but there's not one company that delivers manure in London." British actor Mathew Horne plans an unusual gift for his ex.
John, best known in the U.K. for her recent role in hit comedy Gavin & Stacey, passed away at a hospital in Swansea, Wales following a short illness.
The actress appeared in several popular British TV series, including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Dr Who and Casualty, as well as enjoying a role in Simon Pegg's film Run Fatboy Run.
But it was her portrayal of wise-cracking elderly neighbour Doris in the BBC's Gavin & Stacey that made her a star in her 80s.
Her co-stars Corden, Brydon and Mathew Horne have all paid tribute to the actress on Twitter.com.
Corden writes, "All my thoughts are with the family of Margaret John who played Doris in G and S. A great actress and an incredible lady. She will be missed."
Brydon adds, "Just heard the terribly sad news that Margaret John has passed away. What a wonderful person she was, everyone on G&S adored her."
Horne wrote, "Really sad to hear Margaret John has passed away. She was such a good woman and so fun to work with."
The stars, along with others including Dame Vera Lynn, Mathew Horne, Ronnie Corbett and Joanna Page, have drawn around their digits and personalised the pieces for auction.
The eBay sale, to benefit the Cats Protection League, will go live on 1 December (10) and close on 11 December (10).
LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS stars JAMES CORDEN and MATHEW HORNE have seen off competition from LITTLE BRITAIN's DAVID WALLIAMS and MATT LUCAS to be named the best comedy duo in Britain, in a new poll by online TV service www.SeeSaw.com.
The comedy star fainted during an afternoon matinee performance of West End show Entertaining Mr Sloane in April (09), and couldn't move for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.
The experience left Horne terrified for his health - but he was furious when critics blamed the incident on his partying.
He says, "I was on stage and I just blacked out and dropped to the floor. It came on pretty suddenly and the next thing I was in hospital and the doctors said I might have had a stroke. It was a scary time. Because I'd passed out and there was no obvious cause, they ran all the stroke tests on me. Thankfully, it only took a few hours to get the negative results and be told that it was just a virus. Even so, it was really frightening. It gave me a shock, and it took me a good three weeks to fully recover.
"During that time, when you're really frightened and coming to terms with it, to have people saying things like that was pretty hard. If they had pictures of me coming out of clubs every night, fair enough, but that's not the case."
But the star insists the experience has taught him to take better care of himself: "I was pushing myself too hard with work at the time and that definitely contributed. I was doing the Brits (Awards), the press for our sketch show and film, and the play. I was running a lot, too. I was definitely doing too much. It was a good learning curve."