Wild'N Out Summary

  • Wild'N Out is Five Hours long
  • 10 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened July 28, 2005
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Improv Comedy
  • Cable TV

Wild 'N Out is an improvisational TV show where comedians and rappers have rap battles with each other to see who is the best at insulting each other.

Wild'N Out Broadcast Time

Wild 'N Out is transmitted at 11:00 PM every Thursday on MTV2.
The show is very popular on the network, so it broadcasts reruns at random times during late afternoons and evenings.

Wild'N Out Host Profile

Nick Cannon was born in 1980 and is a multi talented entertainment impresario with previous roles in movies including Drumline and Roll Bounce. Cannon is also well known as a wannabe rapper and all-around stage and TV entertainer. Cannon found his way onto mainstream American television when he landed the gig as the host on America's Got Talent (AGT) when Regis Philbin and Jerry Springer could not figure how to hang on to this role. AGT also included Howard Stern and Howie Mandel on the show. Cannon also owns the full rights to his show Wild 'N Out, an urban sketch comedy show that appears at the top of the line-up on MTV. Cannon is infamous in gossip tabloids for his rocky relationship with Mariah Carey and subsequent separation and divorce from her in early 2015.

Wild'N Out Background

Wild 'N Out TV Show With Nick Cannon As Host:

For people who believed the hype that MTV2 was where music videos go-to-die, you may be surprised to find Nick Cannon's latest incarnation of the Wild 'N Out TV show flourishing on this channel. Wild 'N Out is not just showing up on this channel because it has nowhere else to live, it is actually flourishing on this somewhat marginalized cable channel. Over the last couple of years Wild 'N Out has actually become the highest rated TV show on MTV2 since the channel began transmitting in 1996 as The Box. Wild 'N Out now achieves over a million viewers on this cable channel that just does not normally garner that amount of viewership. The show is also strong with fussy demographics like the millennials, who cannot seem to operate a remote control unless it is part of an app on their iPhone.

Seeing Nick Cannon and The Wild N' Out TV Show being taped should be an entertaining and enjoyable night out, but the show is actually shot during the day! At the taping, it does not take them long to get you into the nightclub mood, it is just a little odd when you leave the studio and the sun is shining outside. Most of the audience at the taping are black, college-age (and under/unemployed) youth and because the show is shot during the day in the work week, the timing works for this audience. Other TV shows shot during this time-slot fill their audience with retired people, but this show is definitely not for them. There are no free giveaways at the show. They do have champagne bottles on the tables, but you quickly learn all those are fake and the show does not provide refreshments. The show has some great celebrities in the line-up, but you are never quite sure who is going to turn up. Getting seats at the tables, rather than standing in the balcony seems to be down to a bit of luck and being there very early. Production assistants seem to seat whites and Asians more in the camera line, as they are in the minority. Nick Cannon is friendly/down to earth and provides some hilarious moments during the show taping. Be prepared for a lot of waiting around as the production can take four hours to record just twenty minutes of show footage.

Nick Cannon with Chance the Rapper on Wild N' Out

The Wild 'N Out logo was created by Kevin Van Laken in September 2005. Laken's approach was to portray an urban feel using a graffiti-styled font and the spray paint accents that surround the words 'Wild 'N Out' further emphasizes that hip-hop feeling. At first glance, one would think that the silhouettes are just vector illustrations, but upon extensive analysis, we could see that the middle figure, holding up his arms, is actually Nick Cannon and the figures next to him are two of his cast members.The cast member on the left looks decidedly like SchoolBoy Q, with his unmistakable bucket hat and the figure on the right looks very much like Jay Z. The looming figure in the center was added by Laken who did this purposely to further express Nick Cannon's power over the entire series, (Cannon being the developer, creator, owner, team captain and host of the show).

It has not been all love-and-roses for Cannon's TV show, which has been an on-again, off-again affair with its initial green-light in 2005 in Los Angeles, show cancellation in 2007 and then and its surprising new green-light in 2013 in New York City. The often mercurial MTV (owned by Viacom) decided they could leverage Cannon's new on-screen and off-screen stardom (From AGT as host and marriage/divorce with Mariah Carey) for more ratings. The plan worked, as each Wild 'N Out show now garners a 1.6 share in a market with over 1 million eyeballs watching the show on MTV2 and over 2.5 million people watching the show online in some other media form. MTV has made overtures to move the show from MTV2 to MTV, where their bigger shows reside, but Cannon smartly resisted the temptation to mess with a winning formula. However, in 2015, Cannon brought Wild'n Out back to MTV for the reason being this show is the best show MTV has to offer with higher ratings than any other show currently on either networks.

Wild'N Out Notes

Noteworthy Dates For This TV Show:

  • July 28, 2005: Premier of the first iteration of the show.
  • September 5, 2007: Conclusion of the first iteration of the show before its 6-year hiatus.
  • May 23, 2010: Reunion episode recalling the funniest moments on Wild 'N Out over the years.
  • July 9, 2013: Brought back to life with the premier of 5th season after six year absence.
  • July 2, 2014: The show was renewed and the 6th season began.
  • February 2015: New shows shot in New York City

Show Shooting Schedule Timeline:

The Wild 'N Out TV show can start at different times, but as an example the show on a given night ran to the following schedule:

  • 3:30 PM Ticket holders arrive early to be on the line for the table seats.
  • 4:30 PM Ticket holders are asked to arrive at this regular time and get in line and fill out release forms
  • 6:00 PM The audience finally gets into the building, but not the studio,
  • 6:30 PM Ticket holders are put through rigorous security and are forced to check all possessions.
  • 7:00 PM The audience is led to their locations on the balcony overlooking the stage, early birds are already seated at the tables
  • 7:05 PM Two comedians come out to warm-up the crowd
  • 7:15 PM Standby ticket line is led into the studio to fill up whatever standing slots are left
  • 7:30 PM Nick Cannon finally starts the show to a bored crowd
  • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM The show tapes with various short breaks to clean up the stage and get ready for the next take. Show retakes are necessary.
  • 8:30 PM Show taping runs for an hour and finishes at 8:30 PM

ORIGINAL TV STUDIO

In the early days of the show, Wildn'Out was taped at the Brooklyn Studios at 24B Greenpoint Ave in Greenpoiint, Brooklyn.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:

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Terminal 5

610 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019
Directions: Take the MTA A, B, C, D, or 1 trains to 59th St - Columbus Circle. Walk down 8th Ave to W 56th Street, then walk West along W 56th St towards 12th Ave. The studio is located on W 56th St between 11th and 12th Ave.
Studio Information

Wild'N Out Ticket Information

Getting tickets to the show is easy. You just simply answer the question "Why do you love Wild 'N Out?" and pick how many tickets you would like.

You can also get stand-by and advanced tickets. You can only get a limited amount of 4 tickets per person. ID's are not checked so you can use someone else's tickets.

If you want to see this show on standby, your experience will be poor as they place latecomers and standby ticket holders behind the ticket holders on the balcony. This means that these people may not actually see the show without trying to peer over the heads of the people on the balcony and looking through the gaps in their legs. Many standby's just leave the studio when they realize how poor their viewing angle really is.

Wild'N Out Show Schedule

Wild 'N Out tapes two shows a day at 2PM and 6pm Sundays to Thursdays., This shooting format provides 10 new shows that MTV can insert into the schedule. This format is repeated every three months, that will provide continuous new content for the show transmission.

Cast Members

Host
Nick Cannon
Black and Silver Team Members
Shawty
Black and Silver Team Members
Timothy De La Ghetto
Black and Silver Team Members
DeRay Davis
Black and Silver Team Members
Affion Crockett
Black and Silver Team Members
Chico Bean
Black and Silver Team Members
Mikey Day
Black and Silver Team Members
Rasika Mathur
Black and Silver Team Members
Emmanuel Hudson
Black and Silver Team Members
Doboy
Black and Silver Team Members
Lauren Flans
Black and Silver Team Members
Corey Holcomb

Production Credits