Actor, Comedian, TV & Radio Host, Musician, Writer, Director, Producer and Philanthropist
Nick Cannon, is a successful, multi-faceted entertainer: comedian, TV executive producer and host, film star/director, entrepreneur, philanthropist and children’s book author. Cited by People Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Most Successful Young People in Hollywood,” Cannon proves focus and hard work pays off. A San Diego native, Cannon began performing at the age of 8 after his grandfather left him several instruments as a gift. Shortly after, Cannon took the stage to perform his music along with stand-up comedy. Eventually, Cannon headed for Hollywood at the age of 15 and landed gigs at world-renowned comedy venues including The Improv, The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store. Cannon went on to share the stage with the likes of Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock before landing his first television gig as a series regular and writer on Nickelodeon’s long-running hit series All That, making him the youngest staff writer in television history. This path culminated in the creation of The Nick Cannon Show, which he starred in, directed and executive produced. Cannon later enjoyed much success on MTV as the creator, producer and host of one of MTV’s highest rated shows, Wild ‘N Out. Originally debuting in 2005, the improve comedy show aired for four consecutive seasons before being revived in July 2013 on MTV2. The show, which just entered into its 7th season, had the highest season premiere debut in the network’s history. Presently he is also host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent which just began their 10th season in May. Through his highly successful multi-media company NCredible Entertainment, Cannon produces TV and film projects, including Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop (which recently got re-newed for a 2nd season), HALO Awards, TeenNick Top 10, React To That, as well as pilots for several other networks: Oxygen’s Like A Boss (currently in production), MTV2 and Sundance Channel. The company also has other successful entities as well including a very successful line of consumer products. On the film side, Cannon made his first appearance on the big screen alongside Will Smith in Men in Black II. Other television credits include the classic feature film Drumline and the Emilio Estevez written and directed film Bobby. Cannon recently wrote, directed and produced his first studio film School Dance, and produced the sequel to Drumline titled Drumline: A New Beat. Cannon recently completed filming one of the lead character roles in Spike Lee’s new controversial movie Chi’Raq (release date December 4, 2015). He also inked a multi-year first look production deal with NBC Universal to develop scripted and unscripted fare for the network, and is currently in production on the reboot of Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous. Noted by the New York Times as “one of the most recognizable personalities in teen media,” Cannon also actively serves as the CEO of the teen magazine Celebrity High, as well as Chairman of TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s television network aimed at the teen audience. While his professional body of work keeps him extremely busy, Cannon has always made the time to use his resources and his voice as a philanthropist to give back to the community and those in need - working with nationally recognized organizations such as Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club, Do Something, Toys for Tots, Stomp Out Bullying, Lupus Foundation of America and The National Kidney Foundation to name a few - in addition to being an active member on the Board of Directors of New York’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital and running his own Nicholas Scott Cannon Foundation.