John Henson: Good night, and Big Balls
Many of you reading this may know him as the skunk-haired host of E!'s Talk
Soup, but in recent years comedian John Henson has made waves as one of the
host's of ABC's popular Japanese-style game show Wipeout. The new videogame
version for the Xbox 360 Kinect by Activison, Wipeout: In the Zone,
features his unique vocal quips and comments, so we thought this might be as
good a time as any to snag the funnyman for another edition of our exclusive One
Quick-Minute series of seriously short interviews.
From television to the videogame world (nearly naked), to what fans of the
popular show can expect from their Xbox 360 Kinect sensors, we're putting our
quick-minute with John Henson to good use.
For an even bigger splash, check out our full review for Wipeout: In
(for Xbox 360 Kinect) right HERE!
A big reason for the success behind Wipeout (the TV show) is
listening to your fun commentary and ad-libs while the contestants do their
thing. Given your history with on-the-spot quips and improvisation, I'm curious
if it was difficult translating your sense of humor into scripted form for
Wipeout (the game)?
The best part of the voice over work was that I could do it in my bathrobe.
But to answer your question, the producers of the game and the show wanted to
have that sense of realism and ad lib commentary. So, I was encouraged to do
multiple takes. Of course, there was a script to work off of, but it was more of
a starting place...so I think you'll find the game and the show have the same
Speaking of videogames, any chance of seeing more John Henson
videogame voiceovers in the future? There's a lot of money in that sort of thing
these days, especially for gifted comedians.
First of all, you did say 'gifted' right? I just want to make sure I heard
you correctly. You referred to me as a 'gifted comedian.' I just wanted to
clarify that for the record. I'm 'gifted.' Anyway, my point was... I'm sorry,
what was the question again?
Speaking of wild flailing and hilarious movements, as the expert on
the subject, do you think the intensive running in place and arm flapping to
play the game might inspire fans to audition for the real thing? Or do you think
they'll be happy just making a few of their own outrageous home videos while
getting a little cardio in there?
It will certainly give fans of the show a sense of how hard and tough the
course can be. I would remind people that if you find the VIDEO GAME hard...
just remember that the actual course doesn't exist in the comfort of your own
living room, complete with snack items and the option to 'pause.' Then again,
the video game won't cut you a check for 50K if you win, so it's kind of a wash.
I guess for those that master the video-game, the Big Balls await...