John Henson
Full Name

John Morris Henson




July 11, 1967

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Actor, comedian, talk show host

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Mike Moon

John Morris Henson (born July 11,1967) is an American comedian, talk show host, and actor. He is the co-host of ABC's Wipeout, a prime-time series game show now in its fifth season. He portrayed Mike Moon, the dad of Austin on Austin & Ally.


Henson was born in Stamford, Connecticut, to Joe and Barbara (née Wright) Henson. He has four older brothers, one of whom is Tom Henson, the President and CEO of GE Capital, Americas. Another is Frank (Bubba) Henson, teacher at St. Luke's School, New Canaan, CT. He studied acting at Boston University, Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons and Three of Us Studios in New York City. He has starred in various theatre productions such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Conduct Unbecoming, Heinous Crimes  and  Other Delights , The Greenhouse Effect and Remote Evolution.

Henson was born with a white streak of hair on the right side of his head. As a result he received the nickname Skunk Boy while hosting Talk Soup.


Henson attended St. Luke's School in New Haven, Conneticut. Henson began his career as a stand-up comic. He started appearing in films in the mid to late 1990s. Henson was the longest-running host (four years) of Talk Soup on the E! Entertainment Network. Henson hosted approximately 1,140 shows in the four and a half years he was host. In 2004, he was the host of The John Henson Project, a short-lived comedy-reality show on Spike TV. Henson has also hosted several broadcast specials including ABC's Best Commercials You've Never Seen, ABC's Best TV you've never seen and most recently the 33rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. From 2005 - 2007 Henson was the co-host of Watch This! a daily television show on the TV Guide Channel. Henson has also produced numerous field segments on the entertainment industry for MSNBC and CNN. Beginning in 2008, Henson has had a small recurring role as a local newscaster on My Name Is Earl.

Since 2008, Henson has co-hosted an obstacle course game-show on ABC, Wipeout. Henson always ends the show with the catch phrase "Good night, and Big Balls," a reference to the signature obstacle in the show.

He has also appeared in the Blink-182 music video for their song "What's My Age Again?"


Archive Footage
Year Title Role
2006 The Best of Talk Soup Himself
Year Title Role Notes
1993 An Evening at the Improv Himself Episode dated 7 September 1993
1995 Caroline's Comedy Hour Himself Episode dated 1 January 1995
1995-1999 Talk Soup Himself/ Host 13 Episodes
1996 Maybe This Time Himself Stand Up Your Man
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Himself Movie
1997-1998 Space Ghost Coast to Coast Himself Suckup (1997), Toast (1998)
1999 The Television Show with John Henson Himself/ Host TV Movie
1999 Howard Stern Himself TV Series
1999 Blink 182: The Urethra Chronicles Himself Video Documentary
2002 The Conspiracy Zone Himself - Panelist We Never Went to the Moon (Unaired Pilot)
2003 The GQ Men of the Year Awards Himself TV Documentary
2003 Spike TV VGA Video Game Awards Himself TV Documentary
2004 40 Most Awesomely Bad Dirrty Songs... Ever Himself - Panel TV Special Documentary
2004 The John Henson Project Himself 9 Episodes
2005- 2007 Watch This! Himself/ Host Episode dated 11 July 2005; Placebo (2006); Episode dated 21 February 2007 (2007)
2006 2006 LA Area Emmy Awards Himself TV Special
2006 Square Off Himself Episode #1.26
2008-2012 Wipeout Himself/Host 57 Episodes
2009 The Soup Himself Episode dated 30 January 2009
2009 Dancing with the Stars Himself Round Ten: Final Results
2009-2010 Entertainment Tonight Himself Episode dated 27 May 2009 (2009); Episode dated 3 June 2009 (2009); Episode dated 8 February 2010 (2010)
2010 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Himself - Guest Host Episode #8.155; Episode #8.154; Episode #8.153; Episode #8.152; Episode #8.151
2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself Episode #8.163
2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself Episode #1.276
2011 Rachael Ray Himself New Mom Makeovers
2011 Winter Wipeout Himself - Host 8 Episodes
2011 Spring Wipeout Himself 5 Episodes
2012 Funniest Animal Commercials of the Year: 2012 Himself TV Movie
2012 Mike and Mike in the Morning Himself/ Telephone Interviewee Episode dated 17 February 2012
2012 The Chew Himself - Guest Constant Cravings
2012 Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2012 Himself (Host) TV Movie

Year Title Role Notes
1997-1999 Talk Soup Executive Producer 6 Episodes
2005 Watch This! Executive Producer TV Series
2011 Wipeout Producer Spring Wipeout: The Birds, the Bees and the Bedbugs (2011); Winter Wipeout: Over the Big Balls to Nana's House We Go
2011 Spring Wipeout Producer 5 Episodes

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Two Drink Minimum Episode #2.26
1997 Stag Timan Bernard
1998 Remember WENN Sheldon Glebe Pratfall
2000 Bar Hopping Roger TV Movie
2002 Life Without Dick Dash Davis, The MC
2008-2009 My Name Is Earl Reporter / TV Reporter 6 Episodes
2010- present WordGirl Captain Tangent Voice
2011 Second City This Week Celebrity Guest TV Series
2012 Austin & Ally Mike Moon

Parents & Punishments; Successes & SetbacksRelationships & Red Carpets, Mattress Stores & Music Factories

2014 Anger Management Darren 1 Episode

Year Title Notes
1995-2000 Talk Soup 12 Episodes
1999 The Television Show with John Henson TV Movie
2005 Watch This! TV Series
2006 The Best of Talk Soup TV Movie


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