8 Things You Didn’t Know About Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon was a celebrity before he met and married Mariah Carey. He was a rapper, a television personality, a host and an entrepreneur; however, it his relationship with the iconic singer that shot his career into another stratosphere. Now, even though he and Carey are divorced, he’s a bona fide star with a hosting gig on America’s Got Talent. He’s come a long way since he first got into the entertainment business as a teen. In celebration of his birthday, we have 8 things you didn’t know about Nick Cannon:
Nicholas Scott Cannon was born on October 17, 1980 in San Diego, California, to Beth, an accountant, and James, a motivational televangelist. His parents were both teenagers when they had him, so his paternal grandfather was the one who primarily raised him. He grew up in a really rough neighborhood, but he avoided gangs by spending most of his time playing basketball.
7. Big Opportunities
When he was 11, Nick got his first gig doing stand-up comedy on his dad’s local cable access program. “He told me to write up something and said, ‘If it’s good, I’ll put it on my show,’” he said. “I guess he was impressed.” After graduating from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, California, in 1998, he got another break when he scored a slot as a warm-up comedian for Nickelodeon’s studio audience in L.A. By 2002, he had his own slot on the network, The Nick Cannon Show.