Ming Tea, credited as Go Go Dancers in the video description, consisting of Gillian Shagwell, Manny Stixman, and the go-go dancer, made a group cameo appearance in James Bond vs Austin Powers. They were portrayed by Dante Cimadamore, Sulai Lopez, and Samantha Kellie. Fellow band member Austin Powers, who was portrayed by Nice Peter, rapped beside them in his first verse.
Information on the cameo
Ming Tea is a fictional band from the Austin Powers film franchise. They appear in the psychedelic transition stages throughout the movies, dancing and playing music with Austin Powers. The group is comprised of Powers, Gillian Shagwell, Sid Belvedere, Manny Stixman, and Trevor Aigburth, as well as a go-go dancer.
The band was formed by Austin Powers' actor, Mike Myers, along with Matthew Sweet (as Trevor Aigburth) and Susanna Hoffs (as Gillian Shagwell), following Myers' Saturday Night Live career in the early 1990s. The members all adopted 1960s personas and performed under pseudonyms, with Myers creating the character of Austin Powers. Myers' then-wife Robin Ruzan encouraged him to write a film based on the character, leading to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, which was directed by Hoffs' husband Jay Roach.
Appearance in the rap battle
Ming Tea appeared throughout Austin Powers' first verse. They could be seen dancing, playing music, and messing around with Powers, similar to the way they did in his movies.
- Ming Tea are the third band to make a cameo appearance, after the Jackson Five and Led Zeppelin.
- They are the first fictional band.
- They are the first band where members are portrayed by different people.