Q Cash Cab is a clever idea for a TV show. Interested to know if cab driver Ben Bailey was a cab driver before this show? And did he create it?
—Gene Lachawicz, Dunsmuir, Calif.
It would be a great story if Ben Bailey had been a cabbie and created the hit Discovery Channel game show, which takes place inside the cab he drives around New York. But he was—and still is—a standup comedian by trade. He had to obtain a taxicab driver's license to get the Cash Cab job. Several years ago, Bailey, 36, was answering phones in the office of the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles when he decided to try his hand at making people laugh. Since then, he has performed on all the late-night TV talk shows and in clubs across the nation.