Behind the Doors
Ben Bailey’s Past
The host of the show, Ben Bailey, actually moved to Los Angeles in the early 90’s to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. He worked at a place called The Comedy Store, answered phones and was even a bouncer for a little bit before he got the chance to perform in front of a crowd. After that, he did stand-up for over a decade before he auditioned for Cash Cab and nailed the role.
He’d never actually driven a cab before, but he did work as a limo driver to help pay the bills back in his comedy days. He was the perfect fit!
The Cab Driver
To become the host of the show, Bailey had to actually go through the extensive training and testing it takes to become a fully licensed taxi driver in New York City. According to the guidelines of the Taxi and Limo Commission, he had to get a letter from a doctor saying he was healthy, take a six-hour defensive driving course, prove he was fluent in the English language, attend the Taxi School, pass the drivers exam, and then he finally received his license. Whew!
Behind the Camera
Surprise! There’s actually someone riding shotgun behind the cameras helping Bailey out the whole time. They handle most of the effects like the flashing lights, music, video monitors and other things. They keep track of the score as well, but they never feed the host the trivia questions, those are sent through Bailey’s earpiece.
Cash Cab is one of the most innovative game shows in recent memory. Everything seems like it happens in a normal cab ride in New York… but does it?