Last week American rapper, actor, comedian, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality Nick Cannon came to London for the weekend and true to form, didn’t spend a minute of it sleeping.
Across a three-day period Cannon performed to a packed out O2 Brixton Academy where he recorded a UK version of his infamous Wild N Out show, made appearances at two nightclubs and threw an all day rooftop pool party.
Cannon was a child prodigy who excelled in acting as well as music and played the lead role in movies like Drumline, and in 2005 created, produced, and hosted the MTV improvisation comedy series Wild ’N Out, which not only airs in the USA but in numerous countries globally including the UK.
In the UK, Wild’N Out inspired a whole raft of its own comedy talent and brands including Kojo’s Comedy Fun House, Harvey’s Young Gods Of Comedy and more. Cannon’s own production company, NCredible, produces Wild ‘N Out for MTV2 in the States, which is obviously significant in regards to minority ownership.
Alongside his own comedy series, Cannon has hosted around seven seasons of America’s Got Talent alongside his peers like Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and more, proving mainstream American households love him too.
As well as all this on-screen creative arts skill, his talent as a businessman mustn’t be overlooked. Cannon is the chairman of TeenNick for Nickelodeon and additionally proving the Hip Hop generation are in demand and his personal genius is sought after by mainstream money, the Radioshack brand named him ‘’Chief Creative Officer’’ in hopes of catering to a younger audience.
At one point in time, Cannon was juggling hosting TV shows, a regular daily radio show and his business ventures. He eventually stepped down from his radio show due to lupus health issues, but it hasn’t stopped him continuing to support numerous charitable causes.
For this London trip, Cannon brought a full squad of talent to the capital to record a show from here for his Wild ‘N Out series. UK comic White Yardie opened the show, which consisted mostly of his comics each taking a 10-15 minute stand up slot each, and then the performance ended with a couple of regular games from the main show.
One of these was the “Family Reunion,” where comics scan the audience and bring up celebrity lookalikes from the audience onstage. This was hilarious and in London they found T. Pain, Akon and a poor, suffering girl who had her weave ripped off her head to the crowd’s hysteria.
BBC Radio’s DJ Ace provided the musical set for the full show in between acts, including a spot where there was a ‘UK Wild ‘N Out Girls Search’ where around 15 young ladies were paraded onstage, with Nick teasing, “I’m going to take one back to the States with me.” The NCredible team played their latest song, ‘Snapchat (Gettin Freaky)” which went down well with the hyper audience.
At the end of the show the general consensus from the audience was a great night had been had by all, and whilst they knew and expected Nick to be a very efficient host, it was as a stand-up comic himself that he really surprised and excelled.
Even American media mavens Karen Civil and Julissa B were in the house to support Nick.
As he left British shores, Cannon posted his #LondonNights poem he had managed to shoot while in town. And to our delight, it showed him addressing the issue of racist nightclubs in London, which has been a big area of debate in the UK in recent months.
Carry on conquering, Nick. Your international fans appreciate you.