Nick Cannon has worn several hats over the course of his career — actor, rapper, host, Mr. Mariah Carey, chooser of unconventional baby names — but with Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz (Saturday, May 14, 9/8c, Showtime), he returns to what he calls his first love: stand-up comedy. The special finds Cannon wilding out on topics both personal and political, as well as sharing a surprising amount of information on what it's like to be married to the biggest selling female recording artist of all time. As Cannon rode from the set of another interview back to the Los Angeles hospital where Carey is staying with her newborn twins, he talked to TVGuide.com about his special, Kanye West, "no homo," and how he gets away with mocking his family onstage.
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Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out
Think of it as Whose Line Is It Anyway, Bitch? With Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out (premiering tonight at 10pm/ET), MTV takes something as stale as improv comedy and gives it flava by pitting its titular host and a team of comics against a guest "captain" and his own crew of cutups. The result? On-the-fly, hip-hop-influenced yakking and cracking that will push the limits.
Explaining Wild 'N Out's genesis, Cannon (Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing) tells TVGuide.com, "I was doing stand-up about a year ago, just hanging out with friends, playing different improv games and cracking on each other as we got ready to go on stage, when it hit me: 'Man, somebody should do a show about this.'