About Nick Cannon
For over 20 years, the multi-faceted Nick Cannon has entertained audiences on stage, television and film. As a comedian, TV executive producer and host, actor, writer, director, DJ, entrepreneur, philanthropist and children’s book author, Cannon continues to take the industry by storm.
Cannon can be seen in Roadside/Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed film Chi-Raq, directed by Spike Lee. The film is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Cannon plays the title character and also co-wrote and performs the opening song Pray for My City. Roadside released the film to theaters in December 2015 and Amazon distributed the film on their multiple platforms in February 2016.
Cannon was recently named Chief Creative Officer of RadioShack. In his job as CCO he takes an active role in the development of exclusive products, as well as helping to further transform the retailer into the must-visit electronics destination. The first newly-released product in this joint venture are the Ncredible1 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones.
In 2015, Cannon made a recurring appearance on the Golden Globe-winning comedy Brooklyn 99. Additional television credits include the highly successful comedy Real Husbands of Hollywood (currently in it’s 5th season) on BET, Wild ‘N Out, which he created, produces and hosts. Currently entering its 8th season, the show debuted with the highest rated season premiere in the network’s history, and continues to be one of MTV’s highest rated shows. Cannon is also host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent which just finished its 10th season last May. The show will return this summer.
Cannon began performing at the age of 8 after his grandfather left him several instruments as a gift. 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 made his first appearance on the big screen alongside Will Smith in Men in Black II. Other film credits include Drumline, Underclassman (which he wrote, directed, executive produced and later sold to Miramax), Love Don’t Cost a Thing, Roll Bounce, The Killing Room, Weapons, Dawn of the Dead, American Son, and the critically acclaimed Bobby. With his role in Bobby Cannon would make history by winning the Chopard Revelation “Breakthrough Actor of the Year” Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the first time in the festival’s history that an African American had ever been nominated and won such a prestigious honor. Cannon also received a SAG Award nomination for “Oustanding Performance” for his portrayal in the film. He has also lent his voice and talents to the animated films Monster House, Garfield and Brer Rabbit. He recently wrote, directed and produced his first studio film School Dance, and produced the Drumline sequel titled Drumline: A New Beat.
He inked a multi-year first look production deal with NBC Universal to develop scripted and unscripted fare for the network. The highly successful Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon (currently in it’s second season) which he both hosts and executive produces and a reboot of The Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous are just some of those current projects.
Through his highly successful multi-media company NCredible Entertainment, Cannon produces TV and film projects, including Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop, HALO Awards, TeenNick Top 10, and React To That. NCredible’s latest TV venture is Oxygen’s Like A Boss, which debuted in the spring of 2016. Cannon also headlined and executive produced two highly-rated comedy specials Mr. Showbiz and F#ck Nick Cannon on the cable network Showtime. The company also has several other entities including a line of successful consumer and technology products such as the Ncredible Rocket Copters, Emoji Cards and Ncredible App.
Cannon parlayed his success on the big and small screens to his daily morning radio show “Rollin with Nick Cannon” on WXRK 92.3 NOW FM. The show gained #1 status and remained as such during it’s entire run. It also spawned a syndicated weekend show “Cannon’s Countdown".
In addition to his success in film and television Cannon has also gained success in the publishing world with the release of his Scholastic books Roc and Roe’s 12 Days of Christmas which features his fraternal twin children Moroccan and Monroe as the main characters and Neon Aliens Ate My Homework his collection of poems which features illustrations from Cannon himself and several other notable illustrators.
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, a partner in the famed teen magazine Tiger Beat, as well as Chairman of TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s television network aimed at the teen audience.
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. He is also 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.