July 24th, 2012
07:09 PM ET
Ricky Gervais has done it. The Osbournes have done it. And on Tuesday night, Jerry Springer and Florence "Mrs. Brady" Henderson will take on the challenge as well.
“Everyone is so nervous to come on the show, because they feel like they’re exposing their lives, and what the heck are we gonna do with it?" said Brad Sherwood, one of the cast members of ABC's new improv show "Trust Us With Your Life."
"Everybody comes in a little bit apprehensive, which is funny to see because normally they’re super-confident."
Celebrities talk about stories from their past, many of which have never been told before, and improv comics, including Sherwood and fellow "Whose Line is it Anyway" alums Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Greg Proops, will bring the story to life in their own special way.
“[The celebrities think], 'Oh my God what’s going to happen?' Improvisers feed off that. We love that scare."
The show's host, Fred Willard, has been in the media spotlight lately for something entirely different - namely, an arrest for lewd conduct in an adult theater last week.
“To me that was just surreal. Like ‘what? Really?’" said Sherwood.
"As a comedian, you just laugh and then you feel bad this person is going to have this notoriety for this thing now. You think, ‘Oh I don’t want that to be the footnote that people remember him for, for the rest of his career.’"
Willard lost his PBS job, but Sherwood thinks there has been a backlash ever since.
"Fred is very popular. It just seems like that [they're] firing someone for something that is not that big a deal. Embarrassing yes, but not that big a deal."
ABC, on the other hand, is airing episodes of "Trust Us" as scheduled.
“If nothing else, they’re just curious to see what the ratings are gonna be like this week!"
It's not the first time that something Sherwood has been involved with has made headlines. In 2007, he invited then-White House political adviser Karl Rove to participate in a little rap session at the Washington Radio-Television Correspondents Dinner. Rove went by the name "MC Rove."
"I saw that Karl was sitting at a table near ours at this big event. I thought, ‘Oh I’m going to ask him if he wants to join the show.’ I thought he would give me a look like ‘Go away,’ or ‘I’ll have Secret Service kill you.’ I had no idea he would say yes. Everything from there on was a surprise. He was up there to be a goof with the rest of us, so that was all I cared about at that moment."
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.