An actor, writer, host and producer of over 1,400 hours of television, John Henson completed seven seasons as co-host and producer of ABC’s smash summer hit, “Wipeout.” The reality show is a three-time winner of the “Kids Choice Award” for Best Reality Show, the winner of the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for Choice Summer TV Show and the #1 co-viewing show on television with adults and children.
A veteran of more than 20 years on television, Henson has established himself as one of entertainment’s most sought-after players. Having recently expanded his production company, he is set to co-produce the true-crime TV drama, “Making Jack Falcone,” based on the New York Times best-selling book by Joaquin “Jack” Garcia. Produced with Double Feature Films, the project will be executive produced by Academy Award and Emmy Award winner, Steven Soderbergh.
Henson began his professional career as a stand-up comedian, touring the country for many years before gaining audience attention and critical acclaim when he was selected to replace Greg Kinnear as host of E! Entertainment’s Emmy Award-winning series, “Talk Soup.” It was this role as host, writer and co-executive producer of “Talk Soup” that garnered him a cult following, in addition to three Emmy Award nominations.
Henson’s subsequent projects have included the hour-long weekly series “The John Henson Project,” which he created for Spike TV, as well as TV Guide Network’s longest running series, “Watch This,” where he served as host, writer and executive producer. In 2006 he hosted the Creative Arts Technical Emmys opposite Meredith Vieira. In spring 2010, he served as celebrity guest host on the game show sensation, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” He also appears on truTV, hosting “Funniest Commercials” specials. As a pop culture analyst, Henson has appeared on NBC, CNN and MSNBC, among other networks. Most recently, he served as a recurring guest host on the popular entertainment news show, “TMZ.”
His acting credits of late include the role of Darren on FX’s “Anger Management” and a recurring guest star role as the husband of his real-life wife, comedian Jill Benjamin, playing the parents of Austin Moon on Disney’s hit show, “Austin & Ally.” He was also seen in a recurring role on NBC’s “My Name is Earl.” Henson continues to do stand up comedy around the country, as well as being a regular at The Laugh Factory and The Improv in Los Angeles. As a writer, he has contributed to US Weekly, TV Guide and George Magazine.
In his personal life, Henson is dedicated to several children’s charities, working regularly with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Children’s Institute, Inc. In the last four years, Henson has helped raise over $2,000,000 for Casa Hogar, an orphanage in Cabo San Lucas that he and his wife, Jill, support. John and Jill also served on the board of the Philanthropic Society of Los Angeles and even their golden retriever, George, was a certified therapy dog, offering loving companionship to the patients of senior care facilities and children’s hospitals.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, son and daughter.