'Whose Line' alum on improv, Fred Willard's new show
July 24th, 2012
07:09 PM ET

'Whose Line' alum on improv, Fred Willard's new show

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."

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    July 28, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dillon

    branden and andrea - the soap never ends! he is lucky.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andrea

    hey branden somebodys trying to be you...LMAO...its coming together now. boy are you a lucky

    July 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Enaira

    Trust Us With Your Life is a fabulous show and I hope that ABC chooses not to fire Fred Willard. He is and always has been hilarious. It airs when I’m at work so I usually don’t have a chance to see it but thanks to my new Hopper and the PrimeTime Anytime feature I know that all my shows on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX will be recorded seven days a week. The best part is that the shows are available up to eight days after they’ve been recorded. If it wasn’t for a Dish co-worker I’d be missing out! Now I can catch Trust Us With Your Life anytime I want. What other charming and available host would make this show what it is? Maybe Drew Carey but wait – we’ve already done that.

    July 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. observer

    i can't wait to see him

    July 26, 2012 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  9. shrimpmommy

    GIVE FRED BACK HIS JOB! Who cares,this guy is hilarious and I want to see him, NOW!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fred

    forgive yes. let go..kinda...face to face!

    July 25, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. RZ70

    Didn't we go through this a few years ago (ok more than a few) with Paul Rubin?

    July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. PeeWee Herman

    Don't worry Fred. People forgive & they sort of forget. Besides, you're 72 & can still get it up. Congrats on that!

    July 25, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. banana

    he wanted to touch the banana... so what.

    July 25, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Richard Fore

    The dude was jacking off in public

    July 25, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |

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