The popularity of What We Do in the Shadows was news to Matt Berry

The fourth season of What we do in the shadows has been airing for a few weeks, delighting fans of silly vampire antics and blade-inspired vampire nightclubs. The mockumentary horror comedy has found a passionate fan base in the USA and has been nominated for 17 Emmys.

The show’s popularity came as a surprise to one of its leads, Matt Berry, who plays the perpetually hot and deranged vampire Laszlo Cravensworth. Stuck in the UK (where WWDITS isn’t nearly as popular) during the COVID-19 lockdown, he was isolated from the show’s popularity in the US.

Polygon spoke to Berry in late June when the star shared his discovery of the show’s popularity on a recent trip to Los Angeles.

“I’m pretty slow at everything,” Berry told Polygon. “It wasn’t until I was in Los Angeles two weeks ago that I realized how successful the show actually was because it’s moderately successful in the UK, to put it kindly.”

It was part noticing billboards for the show and part from people yelling at him on the street.

“When I was leaving [to LA]it’s like, Oh shit, that’s quite a deal‘ Berry said. “There are billboards everywhere. You know, people are screaming in the street and stuff.

“It’s either ‘bat!’ or ‘Laszlo!’ Mostly ‘bat!’”

“Bat!” is one of the more popular Laszlo isms and has a funny little origin story that Berry told us in the same conversation. And if it weren’t for that little catchphrase and some strategically placed billboards, he might still be unaware of the show’s considerable popularity.

For more What we do in the shadows see what the cast had to say when asked about their favorite vampire movies, books and series.

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. The popularity of What We Do in the Shadows was news to Matt Berry

Charles Jones

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