Wedding bells are going to ring for comedian and ‘Wipeout’ host John Henson, who reveals that he and Chicago improv actress Jill Benjamin are into preparations for their nuptials in June. Deep into preparations.
‘We have to make sure the caterer is prepared, the bar stocked. There are so many details. It’s like an entire industry,’ observes the funny man, for whom this will be a second marriage. ‘You start to feel like, 25 years from now, the only thing anyone will remember is, did you have monogrammed napkins?’
First, Henson’s hosting this week’s ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ — a gig he loves. ‘I now have even more respect for Meredith (Vieira) and Regis (Philbin). You see that screen in front of Meredith on the show? It’s like an air traffic control board it’s so complicated. To manage that while keeping up an ongoing conversation takes some doing.’
And as far as ‘Wipeout,’ which returns for its third season this summer, John tips that ‘there are a lot of new obstacles, and two entirely new courses. They’re now employing the concept of deceit. Contestants can get a false sense of security that they’re in the clear when actually something bad is about to happen to them.’
‘Wipeout’ has become so popular, a mini version of the course is touring around the country so that fans can have the chance to try out the insanity of the oversized obstacles, including the fabled Big Balls, themselves. As Henson notes, ‘there’s potential for a real theme park here.'<p>But he has no interest in participating. ‘No, seeing the contestants through the years is like its own ‘Scared Straight’ program.