Nick CannonFebruary 7th, 2018 | Ivy Tech Community College | Culinary Building | 2820 N. Meridian Street
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 was most recently seen in Roadside/Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed film Chi-Raq, directed by Spike Lee. Cannon stars as the title character, and also co-wrote and performs the opening song.
In television Cannon is the creator, producer, and host of the highly successful MTV show, Wild ‘N Out, which returns for it’s 8th season this Summer. He recently completed a cross country tour with some Wild ‘N Out comics and improvisers and documented the experience for a show called Wild ‘N On Tour for MTV2. Cannon is also the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon,” also for NBC. Cannon was recently named Chief Creative Officer of RadioShack where he will play an active role in the development of their exclusive products, as well as help to further transform the retailer into the must-visit electronics destination. 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, and Bobby. He recently wrote, directed and produced his first studio film School Dance, and produced the sequel to Drumline titled Drumline: A New Beat. He has 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.
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. The company also has other entities as well, including a very successful line of consumer products. Noted by The New York Times as “one of the most recognizable personalities in teen media,” Cannon serves as Chairman of TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s television network aimed at the teen audience. He is also the CEO of the teen magazine Celebrity High.
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. Cannon also established the Nick Cannon Foundation, Inc. as the philanthropic arm to his global business endeavors. The foundation has a strategic goal of empowering underserved youth economically through entrepreneurship education, workforce development, and exposing youth to the business side of the multi-billion dollar multi-media/entertainment industry. He is also an active member on the Board of Directors of New York’s St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital.