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Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out is an American sketch comedy and improv television series that was created and hosted by comedian Nick Cannon.[1] It debuted on July 28, 2005, on MTV and aired on MTV2 from 2013–2016.

Wild 'N Out
Also known as Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out
Genre Comedy
Improv
Created by Nick Cannon
Starring Nick Cannon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 100 (2 Spring Break episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Candida Boyettons
  • Michael Goldman
  • Nick Cannon
  • Paul Ricci
Running time 22 to 24 minutes
Production company(s) Mr. Renassiance Entertainment
(Seasons 1–4)
NCredible Entertainment
(Season 5-)
Release
Original network MTV
(Seasons 1–4, 8)
MTV2
(Season 5–7)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
(Seasons 1–4)
1080i (HDTV)
(Season 5-)
Original release July 28, 2005 (2005-07-28) – present
External links
Website [[1] www.mtv.com/shows/nick_cannon_wildnout/series.jhtml%20Official%20website]]

In November 2012, MTV2 announced that the series would be returning in 2013 after a six-year hiatus. The series features up and coming comedy stars, along with the show's original cast.[2][3] The premiere episode of season five had 1.1 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast in MTV2 history.[4]

On June 9, 2016, MTV announced that Wild 'n Out had been renewed for an eighth season, which premiered on August 4, 2016. The season marked the series' return to MTV.[5]

On June 29, 2017, the ninth season premiered on MTV. The series marked the return of filming in New York and also return to the original team colors, Black and Red.

Contents

PremiseEdit

Similar in premise to shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the series puts two teams of comedians against each other in a series of Wild 'n Out games which are all basically "improvisational" comedy games. The Teams are the "Red Squad", which was the team name until season 5 where they became the "Platinum Squad" and were permanently captained by Cannon; and the "Black Squad", led by a celebrity guest until season 7 where the situation was reversed with Cannon becoming the Black Squad team captain and the celebrity guest leading the Platinum Squad. For season 8, the colors were revamped once again with the Gold Squad replacing the Black Squad. The Gold Squad is led by Cannon while the celebrity guest remains captain of the Platinum Squad. However starting in Season 9, Nick returned to leading his original Red Squad team color while the Black Squad team color returned also.

After three such games, the two teams square off against each other in the final round of the game called 'WildStyle', in which they must deliver a punchline directed at their opponent's team member(s) within a freestyle rap. The comedians "beef" with each other; however, some are impersonal jokes. Although similar to Whose Line, the "points don't matter", the teams score one point per round victory during the normal rounds, plus one point per favorably judged punchline during 'Wild Style', which makes it similar in format to the improv show ComedySportz.[6]

Each episode also includes a musical performance, occasionally by the guest captain for the Black/Platinum Squad (Nick Cannon performed with Migos in Season 6 in the episode featuring Chanel Iman). At times, the musical guest comes out just before 'Wild Style' as the judge for the beefs. Major changes were implemented for the second season including shifting the show location to Hollywood and the teams now compete for a "Wild 'n Out" Championship belt which if the Black Squad wins, the team captain gets to take home.

ProductionEdit

For the first four seasons, the show filmed from Los Angeles/Hollywood and aired on MTV. The first run episodes were suspended as Mr. Renaissance Entertainment became Ncredible Entertainment in 2012. Upon being revived in 2012, the show was produced in New York City and aired on MTV2 during Seasons 5–7, it also returned to that location for Season 9. In 2016, the show returned to airing new episodes on MTV and also for the first time since Season 4, production is in Los Angeles.

The "Wild 'n Out Theme Song" for Seasons 1–4 was produced by Fatman Scoop. The theme music for Season 5 onward was created by Nick Cannon himself, with a new remixed version made for Season 8.

CastEdit

Season 1–4Edit

Seasons 5–7 (the revival/MTV2 era)Edit

Season 8-present (the return to MTV)Edit

GamesEdit

  • World's Worst: a game where the world best goes wrong; introduced in Season 1 in an episode featuring SNL comedian, Kenan Thompson.
  • You Can't Say That: A game where the most inappropriate thing is said on live TV; this game was first introduced in Season 1 in an episode featuring Wu-Tang Clan member, Method Man.
  • Let Me Holla: Members from each team use a pick up line on a wild'n out girl. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.
  • The Interrogation Game: an improv comedy game of interrogating an unknown suspect and the suspect must give out a clue of who they are. This was used in Season 1 by Christina Milian.
  • The Hating Game: a comedic version of the Dating Game with bad intentions heard about the bachelors. Used in Season 1 featuring guest team captain, Fonzworth Bentley.
  • Before and After: A game where one person from each team is giving a category as he/she must act out a person or thing before and after.
  • Tore Up from the Floor Up: A game where people from the audience are called to walk the runway as the teams clown about the outfits. the team with funny lines, earn bells. Buzzers for non-funny jokes.
  • Celebrity Death Battle: an improv game where two people rhyme as the celebrities shown in a picture.
  • Turn Up For What: A member from each team shout "Turn up......" The audience then ask "Turn up for what?" If the reply is funny, music is played; if it's unfunny, they get crickets. The team with the most points wins.
  • Got Props: Each team is given a prop and has to use it in a scenario. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.
  • That's My Dog: A game where two people of the same team (one the owner of the dog and the other as the dog) must come to an understanding of clues DJ D-Wrek gives out. First introduced in Season 1 by principal cast member (later guest team captain), Kevin Hart.
  • Unhappily Ever After: A funny take on fairy tales with bad endings. Used in Season 1 by guest team captain, Kanye West.
  • Remix: Each team has to remix a nursery rhyme or a song of some sort. The audience decides the winner after.
  • Trap N Out: an alternative version of Remix first introduced in Wild N' Out Season 8 when Migos were team captains/performers.
  • R and Beef: Each team has to make a R&B song from audience suggestions or problems. The audience decides the winner after.
  • Rock N Beef: An alternative version of R & Beef used in an episode featuring Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.
  • Pie or Die: Each member is given a word and has to use it correctly in a freestyle rap. If they use it correctly, they gain a bell. If they don't use it correctly, they get a pie to the face. The team with the most bells wins.
  • Talking Spit: The team captains sit down and fill their mouth with water. Opposite members of each team try to make them laugh. The team that has the most spits loses.
  • Pillow Talk: An alternative version of Talkin' Spit using pillows in substitution of water bottles and a bucket. This concept was used in an episode featuring Victoria's Secret model Chanel Iman.
  • Family Reunion: Each member of each team have to introduce a member of the audience as their "family member" and if the introduction is funny they get a bell, if it's unfunny they get a buzzer. The team with the most points wins .
  • Eat Dat Ass Up: Each team is given a random dance to do. The team that does it the best wins.
  • Plead the fifth: The team captain of both teams sit in a cage and are asked questions by the opposing members. The captains have to answer the questions truthfully. The only way to get out of answering the question is saying "I plead the fifth". The team who pleads the fifth the most loses.
  • Now You Wild Out: Each team is given a place to rap a description about what to do at the place and end with punchline "Now You Wild Out" and its keep going until one team cant think of a rhyme. The team with the most points wins.
  • Pick up and Kill it: One person from each team is rap battling about a specific topic. The team with most points wins.
  • Flow Job: One member of each team must freestyle rap about the occupation they are given to a Wild 'n Out girl. If she gets it, they earn a bell, and if she doesn't, they get a buzzer.
  • Twerk Work: Teams make up twerk songs based on occupation suggestions from twitter. The audience decides the winner after.
  • Breaking up is hard to do: Members from each team use their best breaking up technique on a wild'n out girl. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.
  • So Fly: Members from each team compliment their captain. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.
  • So Ballin': an alternative version of So Fly used in Season 4 by rap artist, Jim Jones.
  • Late Night Questions: A game were one person ask a question in bed causing the other to be uncomfortable.
  • Star Sightings: Members from each team go out and find people in the audience that look like stars. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.
  • Who's On The Pole: Members from each team can say jokes about audience members who go up on stage and dance on the pole. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's not funny, you get nothing. The team with the most points wins.
  • Bail Me Out: Members from each team try to get their captain to say which celebrity they are trying to be. The team that gets the most right wins.
  • Wildagram: DJ D-Wrek will give each team a celebrity name and they got 15 seconds to act out their "Wildagram" post. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.
  • Instaham: Photo of a celebrity will be shown on the screen and the cast members have to explain what happened with a funny punchline. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins. This game was introduced in Season 1 as Snap on the Shots with guest team captain, Eva Pigford.
  • Hood Jeopardy: Jeopardy with a twist, each team member can go up and say the answer to whats on screen. If it's funny, it gets a bell; if it's unfunny, it gets a buzzer. The team with the most points wins.

Broadcast historyEdit

Season 1Edit

No. Team captain Writer Performer/guest Original airdate No. in total
1 "Orlando Jones" Nick Cannon Cassidy/Biz Markie July 28, 2005 1
The first episode sets up the whole season. The start off the show by playing "The Questions Game", in which the Black and Red team can only ask each other questions. Orlando Jones comes up with a funny question, "Did Yo Mamma tell you?", and wins it for the Black Team. The second game they play is "Tore up from the Floor Up". They bring people out of the audience that they think look funny and make fun of them. During this game Robert Hoffman strips nearly all the way down, leaving his underwear and his long, white, grey-on-the-tip socks. Robert Hoffman seems to love being in his socks, and leaves his shoes off for a while. Hoffman's team wins that round. The 3rd game is a game called "I’m On the List!", wherein the Black Team and the Red Team have to act out celebrity personalities and the team captains have to figure out who the impression is of, then let that "celebrity" into the club. The Red Team wins the 3rd game. And the last game is called "Wild Style". The cast has to go head to head free styling each other and making punch lines. Who ever is the funniest wins the whole game. The Red Team Wins the whole thing! Cassidy comes through and plays "I'm A Hustla" from his album I'm A Hustla.
2 "Christina Milian" Nick Cannon Common August 4, 2005 2
Nick Cannon on the Red Team goes against Christina Millian on the Black Team to see who can win. Christina Millian tries to take Nick Cannon's comedy crown. They play "Talkin' Spit", "The Interrogation Game", "R&Beef" and "Wild Style" like they do at the end of the show every night. Nick Cannon's Red Team wins at the end of the show. Common Performs "Go" from his album BE and break dances on the floor with Affion Crockett, one of the stars off "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N' Out".
3 "Ying Yang Twins" Nick Cannon Ying Yang Twins August 11, 2005 3
In this episode the Ying Yang Twins are the captain of the Black Team. In the first game called "Got Props?" the team members get a prop and use them to do funny things. The Black Team wins that round. In the next round called "Star Sightings" the two teams have to go out in the audience and find people that look like celebrities, but do it in a funny way. The Red Team wins that round. Up next is funny game called "That's My Dog", 1 person from each team has to be a dog, they only can bark and act out things, but they can’t speak. And the other person from each team has to find out what the dog is saying. The Black Team wins that game. In the last round called "Wild Style", the teams go head to head and do funny punch lines. The Red team wins that round, so that means they win the whole thing. Afterwards the Ying Yang Twins perform their hit song "Wait (The Whisper Song)" from their CD USA (United States of Atlanta).
4 "Kanye West" Nick Cannon Kanye West/Tracee Ellis Ross August 18, 2005 4
This week's episode is with Kanye West, he is the captain of the Black Team. The first game is called "Tore up from the Floor Up", the teammates go out into the audience and get people that they think looks funny and sends them on stage and make punch lines about them. The Black Team wins that round. Next up is a game called "The Hating Game", it's like the dating game but the woman picks the guy that she hates the most by their lines. Tracee Ross plays the lady that pick between two guys that she hates the most. The Red Team wins that one. In this round they play a game called the "Unhappily Ever After" game, the audience comes up with a story that the cast comes up with that doesn’t end "Happily Ever After". The Red Team wins that. In the "Wildstyle" round Kanye West and Nick Cannon's team goes against each other making punch lines as they go along. Kanye's Black Team wins the whole thing. At the end Kanye hypes the crowd with a song from his "Late Registration" album called "Diamonds of Sierra Leone".
5 "Eva Pigford" Nick Cannon T.I. & P$C August 25, 2005 5
This time the Black Team captain is Eva Pigford. She was along her protege Chynna Terrell. In the first game "Snap on the Shots", the team members off each team make jokes of pictures that come up on a screen: if it's funny, they get a ding; if it's not they get a buzzer. The Black Team wins that round. The 2nd game 1 person from each team has to sit in a chair and put water in his or her mouth, one of the people from each team and has to say something funny so that the other person can spit the water out of their mouth and win a point. The Red Team takes that round. The 3rd game is "60 Second Sequel" where the audience screams out a movie so that the team members can make a sequel to it. If the audience screams loud for a team that team wins. The Red team wins that round. In the last round "Wildstyle" the two teams go head to head making punch lines; the Red Team wins the last round. At the end T.I. and P$C perform "Set It Out".
6 "Kenan Thompson" Nick Cannon The Pussycat Dolls September 1, 2005 6
This episode Kenan Thompson comes through and is the captain of the Black Team. In the 1st game "World's Worst" the team members have to do a skit and make fun of things that a person can do the worst of. The Red Team wins that round. The next game is called "Star Sightings": the two teams go out and find people in the audience that look like stars. In the 3rd game called "Unhappily Ever After", the team members make a skit of stories that end happily ever after, but the team has to make their ending unhappy and funny. The Red Team wins. In the last game "Wildstyle" they go against each other making funny punch lines. The Red Team wins it all. At the end The Pussycat Dolls perform their hit single "Don’t Cha".
7 "Fonzworth Bentley" Nick Cannon Trillville/Vanessa Minnillo September 8, 2005 7
In this episode Farnsworth Bentley is the captain of the Black Team. In the first game called "Got Props?" the Wild N’ Out members have to do something funny with the props that are given to them. The Black Team takes that round. In the next game "Tore up from the Floor Up" the cast goes out and finds people they think are funny and send them on stage to make fun of them and how they are dressed. The Black Team wins that one. TRL’S host Vanessa Minnillo selects the Red Team as she plays the game "The Hating Game"; the Red Team wins that round. In the last round "Wildstyle" the Black Team wins overall. After the show Trillville plays a hit song from their album Some Cut.
8 "Omarion" Nick Cannon Lil Wayne September 15, 2005 8
In the 8th episode Omarion is the captain of the Black Team. In the first game "World's Worst" the members do things that people can be the worst at; the Red Team wins the 1st round. In the 2nd round they play a game called "Do Dat Dance". DJ D-Wrek has to come up with a new dance move and the cast has to create it. The Red Team wins again. In the next game called "Deaf Jam" they have to play out a song without saying any words, and their teammate has to figure it out. The Red Team wins this round too. In the last game "Wildstyle" everyone pitches in and goes against others. The Black team wins overall. Lil’ Wayne performs "Earthquake" after the show.
9 "Kevin Hart" Nick Cannon David Banner September 22, 2005 9
Kevin Hart joins his black team crew in a game called "That's My Dog". That's where one teammate has to be a dog and the other has to be a person who tries to figure out what the person is saying. The Black Team wins that round. The next round DJ D-Wrek explains "The Questions Game" where a Red teammate and a Black teammate have to keep asking questions, and if one teammate doesn't know a question to ask the other team wins the point. The Red Team wins the round. In the next game "60 Second Sequel" both of the teams are giving a movie to make a sequel to. The Black Team wins that round. In the last round "WildStyle", at the end the black team wins. David Banner gets the crowd hyped with a song.
10 "Method Man" Nick Cannon Lil Scrappy September 29, 2005 10
Method Man comes through, captain of the Black Team. They start it off playing the game "You Can't Say That Shit" were you can say bad things but not make it obvious you are saying it. The Black Team wins that. The next game they play is called "Star Sighting" where the person has to find an audience member that looks like a celebrity. The Black Team wins. Next up is the "R&Beef Game"; you have to sings songs that are really funny. The Black Team wins that one. At the end they play the "WildStyle" game. The Red Team wins the whole thing. Lil' Scrappy then performs "No Problem".

Season 2Edit

The second season contains a total of 10 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from February 2 to April 6, 2006.

Season 3Edit

The third season contains a total of 8 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from August 10 to October 5, 2006.

Season 4Edit

The fourth season contains a total of 20 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from May 12 to September 6, 2007.

There was also a reunion episode to show the funniest moments of the show. It aired on May 23, 2010.

Season 5Edit

The fifth season contains a total of 12 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from July 9 to September 24, 2013.[7]

Season 6Edit

In 2014, Wild 'N Out was renewed for a sixth season.[8] The sixth season contains a total of 16 episodes which broadcast from July 2, 2014 to February 4, 2015.

Season 7Edit

The seventh season contains a total of 16 episodes which broadcast from June 10, 2015 to January 6, 2016. There are also stand up specials after the episodes in this season are finished.

Season 8Edit

The eighth season contains a total of 21 episodes which were broadcast from August 4, 2016 to April 20, 2017 on MTV, marking the first time in almost a decade that the show aired new episodes on its original network.

Season 9Edit

The ninth season was taped from New York City from April 9 to April 18, 2017 and is currently airing on MTV.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MTV Announces Premiere of 'Nick Cannon Presents Wild'N Out'". The Futon Critic. July 14, 2005. 
  2. ^ "MTV2 Greenlights Re-Imagination of "Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out" to Premiere in 2013". The Futon Critic. November 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 12, 2012). "MTV2 Greenlights Re-Imagination of 'Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out' to Premiere in 2013". TV by the Numbers. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 11, 2013). "'Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out' & 'Ain't That America With Lil Duval' Deliver Highest Ratings in MTV2 History". TV by the Numbers. 
  5. ^ McCrary, Michelle (June 9, 2016). "Season Eight of Nick Cannon Presents Wild-N-Out Returns to MTV" (Press release). Viacom. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  6. ^ Fotis, Matt (2014). Long form improvisation and American comedy : the Harold. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-37658-9. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (April 25, 2013). "'Snooki & JWOWW' Renewed for Third Season + MTV Greenlights 'Scream' Pilot". TV by the Numbers. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 8, 2013). "'Ain't That America With Lil Duval' & 'Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out' Renewed for New Seasons by MTV". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 

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