Wild 'N Out is an American sketch comedy and battle rap improv game show television series created and hosted by musician and comedian Nick Cannon currently airing on VH1.[1] It debuted on July 28, 2005, on MTV.

Wild 'n Out
Also known asNick Cannon Presents: Wild 'n Out
Created byNick Cannon
StarringNick Cannon
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons20
No. of episodes313
Executive producers
  • Candida Boyette-Clemons
  • Michael Goldman
  • Nick Cannon
  • Paul Ricci
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
  • MTV (Seasons 1–4, 8–13)
  • MTV2 (Seasons 5–7)
  • VH1 (Seasons 13–present)
ReleaseJuly 28, 2005 (2005-07-28) –

Premise edit

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 was led by Cannon while the celebrity guest remained captain of the Platinum Squad. For Seasons 9–14, Cannon led his original Red Squad team color while the Black Squad team color returned also.

For Season 15, the teams were revamped as Nick Cannon leads the Old School team, comprising older cast members and a legendary special guest, and cast member DC Young Fly and another celebrity guest lead the New School Team, comprising some newer cast members.

For Season 16, the teams changed once again. In a format similar to Old School vs New School, Nick Cannon leads Team Revolution and the celebrity guest, appearing as a hologram, leads Team Evolution.

For Season 17, it's reverted back to the "Old School" vs. "New School" format. Nick Cannon and a legendary special guest leads the "Old School" team, and the celebrity guest lead the "New School" team.

For Season 20, was reverted back to the "Red Team vs Black Team" format, Nick Cannon leads the Red Team and the celebrity guest lead the Black Team.

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.[2]

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. Starting with season 2, the teams now compete for a "Wild 'N Out" Championship belt (Million Dollar Chain in Season 16 and 17) which if the Black Squad wins, the team captain gets to take home the belt but if Cannon's team win he gets to keep the belt (chain).

Production edit

In November 2012, it was announced that the series would be returning in 2013 after a six-year hiatus. The revival features celebrities, along with the show's current cast.[3][4] The fifth season premiered on MTV2 to 1.1 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast in the network's history. The show would continue on MTV2 for three seasons.[5]

On June 9, 2016, Wild 'N Out was renewed for an eighth season, which would mark the series' return to MTV. The season premiered on August 4, 2016.[6]

In April 2019, the series was renewed through Season 16.[7] On June 19, 2019, it was announced that Wild 'N Out would expand to VH1, with a special Summer season premiering on July 7, 2019.[8][9]

Cast edit

Cast member Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Nick Cannon Starring
DJ D-Wrek Starring
DeRay Davis Starring Guest Starring
Spanky Hayes Starring Starring
Mikey Day Starring Guest
Rasika Mathur Starring Guest Starring
Rob Hoffman Starring Starring
Affion Crockett Starring Guest Starring
Leonard Robinson Starring
Nyima Funk Starring Starring
Katt Williams Starring
Joshua Funk Starring Starring
Alanna Ubach Starring
Darrel Heath Starring
Gene Hong Starring
Corey Holcomb Starring
Cameron Goodman Starring
Scruncho Starring Starring
Christine Lakin Starring
Dominique Starring
Nic Nac Starring
Shenika Williams Starring
Shawty Shawty Starring Starring Starring Starring Guest
Marques Ray Starring
Randall Park Starring
Taran Killam Starring
Benji Brown Starring
Biz Markie Starring
Brandon T. Jackson Starring
Cipha Sounds Starring
Deon Cole Starring
Guy Torry Starring
Jackie Long Starring
Jeff Ross Starring
John Brown Starring
Kevin Hart Starring
Lil G Starring
Loni Love Starring
Luenell Starring
Porscha Coleman Starring
Rodman Starring
Shamrock Starring
TK Kirkland Starring
Conceited Starring
Chico Bean Starring
Emmanuel Hudson Starring
Karlous Miller Starring
Jacob Williams Starring Starring Starring
Timothy DeLaGhetto Starring Starring Starring
Jack Thriller Starring Starring Starring
DoBoy Starring Starring
Lauren Flans Starring Starring
James Davis Starring Guest Starring Guest Starring
Pete Davidson Starring
Chaunté Wayans Starring
Hitman Holla Starring Guest Starring
Rip Micheals Starring
Jon Gabrus Starring Starring
Blair Christian Starring
Kojo Starring
King Bach Starring
Shakir Standley Starring
Akaash Singh Starring
Esther Ku Starring
Natasha Rothwell Starring
DC Young Fly Starring
Darren Brand Starring Starring Starring
Matt Rife Starring Starring Starring
B-Daht Starring Starring
Aarona Lopez Starring
Hunter Steibel Starring
Rosa Acosta Starring
Charlie Clips Starring Starring
Justina Valentine Starring
Michael Blackson Starring Starring Starring Starring
Tonio Skits Starring
Billy Sorrells Starring Starring
Burpie Starring Starring
Becky "Pickles" Robinson Starring
Cynthia LuCiette Starring
Elgin "Davisito" David Starring
Nate Jackson Starring
Ross Bryant Starring
Teddy Ray Starring
Corey Charron Starring Starring Starring
Jess Hilarious Starring Starring
B. Simone Starring Starring Starring
Bonnie Godiva Starring
Cristian Oliveras Starring
Dewayne Perkins Starring
Leonard Ouzts Starring
Lil Freckles Starring
Reggie COUZ Starring
Summerella Starring
Julia Young Starring
Royce Bell Starring Starring Starring
E-Money Starring
Bobb'e J. Thompson Starring
Yvng Swag Starring Starring
Vena E. Starring Starring
Jason Lee Starring
Dan Rue Starring
Funny Mike Starring
Renny Starring
Zoie Starring
ARNSTAR Starring
NickNack PattiWhack Starring
Pio Starring
Lil JJ Starring Starring
Radio Big Mack Starring
Cortez Macklin Starring
Tyler Chronicles Starring Starring
Mope Williams Starring
Teresa Topnotch Starring
Watts Homie Quan Starring
Clayton English Starring
Jay Will as Kandie Starring Starring
Hi My Name's Tee Starring
Venk Potula Starring
Retro Spectro Starring
ItsLovelyMimi Starring
King Cannon Starring
Christian Perfas Starring
MyVerse Starring
RiceGum Starring
Maddy Smith Starring
Santwon McCray Starring
Amber Diamond Starring
Jay Cole Starring
Shuler King Starring
Carter Deems Starring
MC Jin Starring
King Los Starring
Infared Fred Starring
Aida Goitom Starring
David Shine Starring
Teddy Mora Starring
Jessie Woo Starring
Brent Pella Starring Starring
Godfrey Starring
Courtney Bee Starring
FatsDaBarber Starring
Kosha Dillz Starring
Or Mash Starring
Phillip Hudson Starring
Thatboyfunny Starring
C. King Starring
J. Snow Starring
Mike Ruga Starring
Morgan Jay Starring
Mr. Clank Clank Starring
Sydney Castillo Starring

Episodes edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
110July 28, 2005 (2005-07-28)September 29, 2005 (2005-09-29)MTV
210February 2, 2006 (2006-02-02)April 6, 2006 (2006-04-06)
38August 10, 2006 (2006-08-10)October 5, 2006 (2006-10-05)
420May 12, 2007 (2007-05-12)September 6, 2007 (2007-09-06)
512July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)MTV2
616July 2, 2014 (2014-07-02)February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04)
716June 10, 2015 (2015-06-10)January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
821August 4, 2016 (2016-08-04)April 20, 2017 (2017-04-20)MTV
921June 29, 2017 (2017-06-29)November 9, 2017 (2017-11-09)
1020November 30, 2017 (2017-11-30)March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)
1121March 15, 2018 (2018-03-15)September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)
1226August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)April 23, 2019 (2019-04-23)

Season 1 (2005) edit

Season 2 (2006) edit

The second season contains ten episodes which were broadcast from February 2 to April 6, 2006, on MTV.

Season 3 (2006) edit

The third season contains eight episodes which were broadcast from August 10 to October 5, 2006, on MTV.

Season 4 (2007) edit

The fourth season contains 20 episodes which were broadcast from May 12 to September 6, 2007, on MTV.

Season 5 (2013) edit

The fifth season contains 12 episodes which were broadcast from July 9 to September 24, 2013, on MTV2. This is the first season of the show to air since the fourth season in 2007.

Season 6 (2014–15) edit

The sixth season contains 16 episodes which were broadcast from July 2, 2014, to February 4, 2015, on MTV2.

Season 7 (2015–16) edit

The seventh season contains 16 episodes which were broadcast from June 10, 2015, to January 6, 2016, on MTV2. There are also stand up specials after the episodes in this season are finished.

Season 8 (2016–17) edit

The eighth season contains 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 9 (2017) edit

The ninth season contains 16 episodes which were broadcast from June 29 to October 5, 2017, on MTV.

Season 10 (2017–18) edit

The tenth season contains 16 episodes which were broadcast from November 30, 2017, to March 1, 2018, on MTV.

  • International Women's Day Special

Season 11 (2018–19) edit

The 11th season consists of 21 episodes and premiered on March 15, 2018, on MTV, two weeks after the end of Season 10, and concluded September 29, 2019, on VH1.

Season 12 (2018–19) edit

The twelfth season consists of 26 episodes and premiered on August 17, 2018, on MTV.

Season 13 (2019) edit

The thirteenth season was filmed in Atlanta from October 29 to November 11, 2018. It premiered on February 1, 2019, on MTV, and continued on VH1 from July 7 to September 15, 2019.[8]

Season 14 (2019–20) edit

The fourteenth season was filmed in Atlanta from May 14 to 25, 2019. The season premiered on August 17, 2019, with two episodes and a special that aired on MTV. The rest of the season began airing on VH1 starting on January 7, 2020, and ended on April 14, 2020.

Season 15 (2020–21) edit

The fifteenth season was filmed in Atlanta from December 9 to 18, 2019, and premiered on April 21, 2020, on VH1, just a week after the end of Season 14. The season continued airing on April 6, 2021, and concluded on May 4, 2021, on VH1.

Season 16 (2021) edit

The sixteenth season was filmed in San Bernardino, California from June 8 to 17, 2021. It premiered on August 10, 2021, and concluded on December 7, 2021, on VH1.[10]

Season 17 (2022) edit

The seventeenth season was filmed in Jersey City, New Jersey from October 14 to 25, 2021. The season premiered on February 22, 2022, and concluded on May 3, 2022, on VH1.

Season 18 (2022) edit

The eighteenth season was filmed in Covington, Georgia from March 29 to April 9, 2022. It premiered on June 21, 2022, and concluded on August 2, 2022, on VH1.

Season 19 (2023) edit

The nineteenth season was filmed concurrently with the twentieth season in Fayetteville, Georgia from August 30 to September 23, 2022. It premiered on April 6, 2023, and concluded on June 29, 2023, on VH1.

Season 20 (2023) edit

The twentieth season was filmed concurrently with the nineteenth season in Fayetteville, Georgia from August 30 to September 23, 2022. This season premiered on July 6, 2023 and concluded on September 28, 2023, on VH1.

Controversy edit

On July 14, 2020, Nick Cannon was fired by ViacomCBS after making racist and anti-Semitic remarks during an episode of his podcast Cannon's Class with Professor Griff.[11] Cannon endorsed conspiracies about Jewish control of finance, claimed that Jews had stolen the identity of "black people as the 'true Hebrews'", and cited Louis Farrakhan, who is labeled as an anti-semite by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League.[12][13]

Cannon also called white people "savages" who were "closer to animals", claiming the "only way that they can act is evil",[14][15] citing the pseudoscientific melanin theory. A statement from ViacomCBS noted that the company's relationship with Cannon was terminated due to his promotion of "hateful speech and ... anti-Semitic conspiracy theories".[16] Two days later, Cannon released an apology for his remarks regarding anti-Semitism, saying, "I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education."[17] He also demanded for complete ownership for Wild 'n Out, and an apology from ViacomCBS for his termination.[18]

When Fox was aware of his podcast, the network immediately consulted him and accepted his public apology, allowing him to remain host of The Masked Singer.[19] He donated his first paycheck to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in light of the incident.[20][21] On February 5, 2021, ViacomCBS announced that Wild 'N Out would resume production with Cannon as host, saying that Cannon has "taken responsibility for his comments" and "worked to educate himself" through conversations with Jewish leaders.[17] New episodes began airing on April 6 that same year.[22]

References edit

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  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 12, 2012). "MTV2 Greenlights Re-Imagination of 'Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out' to Premiere in 2013". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 11, 2012.
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  17. ^ a b "Nick Cannon rejoins 'Wild 'N Out' as host after getting fired for anti-Semitism". usatoday.com. February 5, 2021.
  18. ^ Carras, Christi (July 16, 2020). "Nick Cannon apologizes to Jewish community, keeps 'Masked Singer' hosting gig". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Hipes, Patrick (July 15, 2020). "Nick Cannon To Remain As Host Of Fox's The Masked Singer After Apology Over Anti-Semitic Comments". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020.
  20. ^ Merrett, Robyn (July 23, 2020). "Nick Cannon Visits Jewish Human Rights Group, Learns About Holocaust After-Semitic Comments". People. Archived from the original on July 24, 2020.
  21. ^ "Nick Cannon Continues Dialogue with SWC Officials, Views Hitler Letter, Tours MOT & Discusses Working Together on Joint Media Projects Promoting Tolerance & Understanding Between Blacks and Jews". Simon Wiesenthal Center. July 21, 2020. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020.
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