Ryan Budds, a 2008 Western Illinois University graduate with a degree in English, bills himself as a comedian, writer, trivia host and superhero on his website. The Midwest native, who now lives in California, recently added actor to that list, working as an extra in the science fiction movie, “Sharknado.”
Budds played a “beach victim” in the recently aired television movie from the SyFy channel that has created quite a buzz. He also worked as a production assistant on the film.
“I got to be killed in the first few minutes of ‘Sharknado,’ he told the website, ‘UPROXX: the Culture of What’s Buzzing.'” (uproxx.com/tv/2013/07/i-was-killed-by-a-shark-in-sharknado-this-is-my-story/) “We started filming in January, and the days were long and hard. Lots of hauling stuff, unpacking/packing trucks and driving people around on errands. Not exactly glamorous, especially on a low budget movie. But I learned a lot about how to make a movie and eventually the day came where I got to drop the equipment and get in front of the camera for my cameo.”
Budds earned the right to act in the movie by winning a comedy contest at Flappers in Burbank, CA.
“I was to play Beach Victim #1,” he said. “They put me in beach clothes and covered my leg in prosthetics and makeup to make it look like a shark had chomped it off.”
Budds he has worked as a comedian, opening for comics such as Dennis Miller, Zach Galafinakis and the Wayans Brothers.