Bad Trip: Lil Rel Howery Reveals A Scary Scene Gone Wrong That Had Him Literally Running For His Life

Bad Trip's Lil Rel Howery sits down for an interview with The Illuminerdi and reveals one of the scariest days of the hidden camera shoot.
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[This article contains minor spoilers from one scene from Bad Trip.]

Bad Trip’s Lil Rel Howery sits down for an interview with The Illuminerdi and reveals one of the scariest days of the hidden camera shoot.

Lil Rel Howery Interview With The Illuminerdi

Next week Netflix will release the long-awaited comedy Bad Trip, starring Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, and Michaela Conlin. The film combines hidden camera elements, with re al world reactions from unknown participants in the mayhem. The film follows Andre and Howery’s characters as the travel on a road trip that is full of non-stop comedy.

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Lil Rel Howery’s Scariest Bad Trip Moment

Last week, The Illuminerdi’s Braxter Timberlake sat down for an interview with Lil Rel Howery (Judas and the Black Messiah) as he talked about some of the craziest moments in the shoot, his future aspirations, and a whole lot more.

Lil Rel Howery Bad Trip

Bad Trip takes Andre and Howery’s characters on an epic adventure. The humor is further bolstered by the real-world reactions that the duo inspires when the bystanders have no idea that they are actually in a movie. One of those scenes saw the pair…tightly connected, with a Chinese finger trap, as they search the streets of Atlanta for some assistance from a helpful stranger.

Howery revealed that a scene that takes place in a barbershop was his most frightening day on “set”:

The pranks you don’t expect to be like ‘whoa’ was really the finger trap thing. That’s one where everybody was really angry about that. I was like ‘Why are y’all so mad about two dudes…?’ There were people walking by like ‘They better not say nothing to me!”

Man. that was the first day, that brother… It’s crazy, the man went from about to kill us. He finds out it’s a movie. He’s like ‘Man I almost…’ Like brother you was finna to go to jail? Because we came in to ask for help? I mean his reaction… I was like what was talking about before we came in? Was he like, ‘Man, let somebody walk in here with their dicks connected… (Laughs) I’ll kill him!’ So I don’t know what his conversation was… He was so… It looked like he was looking for a gun, before he grabbed the knife. He was literally searching for something.

Eric was in the mode. I was out of character! Like ‘Hey man.’ He chased me out the shop. I scrapped my elbow and knee because I fell to the ground like under this car. It was crazy. I was so scared.

And it was the hood. I remember telling em that when we pulled up like, ‘Fam, do we have enough security for this?’ And it happened exactly how I thought it would. Even more scary. Because I’m not a scary dude. But then, when you have to tangle with somebody… I had no way to defend myself. So I was frightened out my mind. But that was the first day, I walked to the hotel and everything with still in my costume.

It’s even more incredible that this was one of the first scenes they shot, which surely set the stage for the remainder of the wild shoot. While there are numerous other wild scenarios throughout the film’s runtime, this experience was certainly an eye-opener for Howery.


Part of the charm and a reason why Bad Trip manages to stand apart from most comedies is the unexpected and unscripted responses from onlookers. The opportunities for humor and danger are vast and that hidden tension really helps propel the film into uncharted territory, that you only see in the likes of films such as Borat.

Bad Trip Trailer

Make sure you catch Bad Trip when it premieres on Netflix next week.

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This hidden camera comedy follows two best friends as they go on a cross-country road trip full of hilarious, inventive pranks, pulling its real-life audience into the mayhem. Bad Trip stars Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, and Michaela Conlin. The film is directed by Kitao Sakurai from the minds of Dan Curry, Kitao Sakurai, and Andre – and produced by Andre, Jeff Tremaine, David Bernad, and Ruben Fleischer.

Bad Trip debuts on Netflix on March 26, 2021. What do you think of Lil Rel Howery’s scary moment? How excited are you for Bad Trip? Tell us what you thought in the comment section below or on our social media!



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Braxter Timberlake

Braxter Timberlake was born in New York and raised in California. He’s a graduate of UC Berkeley and the School of Hard Knocks and is always in search of the next adventure. The daring writer and editor of The Illuminerdi is also a veteran of film and television production, with an unquenchable thirst for stories, whether on the comic page, video game console, or small, medium, or the big screen. After years of expeditions in search of K’un-Lun and Wakanda, he now spends his time investigating all things geek and shares his spoilery findings with anyone with open ears. Aside from on the internet, he can be found on the basketball court, hiking with his dog, or at a screening near you.