Nick Cannon Talks His 'Mr. Showbiz' DVD, TV, Radio And Marrying His Celeb Crush
November 2nd, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Actor, host, comedian, father, radio vee-jay and entrepreneur Nick Cannon is juggling many hats in his busy life but always seems to have a big smile and a positive attitude towards life. Maybe it’s because he’s married to the gorgeous Mariah Carey and has two of the cutest babies in the world. Whatever it is, Nick is an amazing role model and inspiration to anyone who wants to make it in the industry- he and Ryan Seacrest seem to be taking over everything and anything entertainment. The thirty- one year old chatted with us about his life, being a father and husband and his new stand-up comedy DVD “Mr. Showbiz.”
Starpulse: Your new stand-up comedy DVD, Mr. Showbiz was recently released on DVD. How are your fans responding to that?
Nick Cannon: People are loving it! When it debuted on Showtime, it was the number one stand-up special in years. So, for it to have such a debut, kind of surprised a lot of people because some people never knew I even did stand-up so for it to get the response it did, was great.
Starpulse: You have been doing stand-up since you were ten or eleven on your father’s public access show, right?
Nick Cannon: Yeah, I was eleven years old when I first got on stage.
Starpulse: Are you on tour now for the comedy special?
Nick Cannon: Yes, I am getting ready to tour and probably shoot my next special. I’m not stopping based on the success of this one. I believe that I have so much more material that I have to put out there.
Starpulse: You were on All That and The Nick Cannon Show, you’ve been a member of the Nickelodeon family for a while and now you are the Chairman of Teen Nick. How did that come about?
Nick Cannon: I have been with them since I was seventeen years old and I always said, “one day I am going to run this company.” Its family and they have given me so many opportunities and a few years back I came in with a proposal on why they should give me my own network and they did.
Starpulse: You were recently on the 20/20 Special with Mariah Carey and your twins but it took you a while to introduce them to your fans- what made you wait so long?
Nick Cannon: Yeah, it was me more than anything- I was hesitant to have them out there in the public and I wanted to hold onto the privacy as long as I could possibly hold on to it. Then it got to the point where we didn’t want to do the tabloid thing and sell the pictures and we didn’t want it to be a paparazzi shot. So we thought the best way to do it was to sit down with someone that my wife felt comfortable with and respected and what other journalist is better than Barbara Walters?
Starpulse: Up All Night is one of the best shows on television right now, what’s it like working with the cast of that show?
Nick Cannon: It’s an incredible cast- they are heavy hitters when it comes to the world of comedy. I like to scoot in on the set and watch everyone operate.
Starpulse: What is the craziest act you have seen on America’s Got Talent?
Nick Cannon: I can’t even begin to tell you. Things where people set their genitals on fire and swallow items and regurgitate them and turn their body parts into musical instruments. It’s always something insane.
Starpulse: Do you know what the contestants are going to do on the stage before the audience does?
Nick Cannon: No, they like to keep it a surprise. Especially if they know it is going to be something outrageous.
Starpulse: You also have a morning radio show in New York.
Nick Cannon: Yeah, every morning- it’s the number one radio show in New York City.
Starpulse: And you have your own music label- how do you find the time to balance your career and your family?
Nick Cannon: If you love it, it doesn’t seem like work. I love everything that I do, I love every aspect of entertainment and obviously being a father is my main priority and my main job and from there everything else just falls into place.
Starpulse: What else are you working on?
Nick Cannon: My music and I’m still going out there on the road and I am actually preparing to do my first feature film at the top of the year.
Starpulse: I read that Mariah Carey was always your celeb crush, then you met at the Teen Choice Awards and now you are married to her. That must seem so surreal to you- are you constantly pinching yourself?
Nick Cannon: Oh yeah. Sometimes I wake up and I’m like, “wow, that’s Mariah Carey next to me in bed!” I married my dream girl so I can’t ask for anything more in life. I definitely see it as a blessing.
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