The origin of Matt Berry’s “Bat!” shout over What We Do in the Shadows

Every time the horny vampire Laszlo Cravensworth turns into a bat What we do in the shadowshe proudly proclaims loudly, with an energetic “Bat!” It’s hard to imagine the vampire sitcom without the iconic exclamation, but actor Matt Berry can’t remember exactly how he came up with it.

“I spoke to you [executive producer] jemaine [Clement] about it – I don’t even remember doing the first one. And he can’t remember where it came from,” Berry tells Polygon. “It’s probably something where I felt like the scene had to end naturally somehow. And it was my way of getting out of the scene. It’s like the improvisations are slowly drying up. So I thought Fuck it, I gotta get out of there.

Berry might not remember the exact details of the very first “Fledermaus,” but luckily his co-star Natasia Demetriou, who plays his wife Nadja, remembers it because it was just so damn funny.

laszlo and nadja in each other's arms

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“I remember where the first ‘bat!’ came out,” Demetriou interrupts. “I could be wrong, but we were on the bridge at this park in LA for the pilot. And then it was like this Correct mate, so you’re going to hit awayand so you just said, ‘Bat!’”

“It was just a kind of signifier,” Berry explains. “It’s always funny when someone says what they’re going to do. That’s probably why I said it.”

“I remember dying of laughter,” says Demetriou. “It wasn’t in the script.”

Berry’s “Bat!” comes from a similar place as another Laszlo character quirk—pronouncing words in unexpected ways (eg, stressing an odd syllable). It’s a bit of controlled chaos, says Berry.

“There’s no directing, it’s just there to amuse me, too,” says Berry. “They’re all made up in some way. We have such great directors and great people running the show that they just let us run with all the old stupid stuff.

New episodes of What we do in the shadows airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EDT on FX and is available to watch on Hulu.

Additional reporting by Pete Volk. The origin of Matt Berry’s “Bat!” shout over What We Do in the Shadows

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