He may be married to one of the most famous superstars on the planet, but for CBS Radio host Nick Cannon, being Mariah Carey’s husband means keeping it real
His stand-up special Mr. Showbiz was one of Showtime’s highest-rated shows in years and he’s the baby daddy of a cultural icon (Mariah Carey gave birth to twins Monroe and Moroccan in April), but Nick Cannon has somehow been able to maintain his normal-guy appeal. “My outlook on this entire industry is like the regular dude who’s on the inside,” says the CBS Radio host. “I get to report to everybody about all the craziness that goes on.” We got him to dish on his own day-to-day craziness.
Watch!: Twins! Are you exhausted?
Nick: Nah, I don’t get tired. [Laughs.]
Watch!: Before the big day, you tweeted about being afraid you’d faint in the delivery room. Did you keep it cool?
Nick: I had the camera, so that helped me maintain my emotions. There was a lot of blood, and I don’t really like hospitals that much, but I was like, “Just focus on the camera.”
Watch!: What’s the funniest thing so far about being a dad?
Nick: Diaper changing. My son is a jokester—he likes to wet you up whenever he can.
Watch!: You started doing stand-up comedy at age 11. How did you know you were funny?
Nick: My dad told me. He was a minister, and he would put me on stage in the pulpit before he would go out. He’d be like, “Yo, do that Mike Tyson impression,” or “Do Eddie Murphy.” That was how I cultivated my act—opening up for the preacher man.
Watch!: What makes Mariah laugh?
Nick: Being silly. My characters. She actually loves talking in characters and stuff. We’re always around the house talking in different accents.
Watch!: You’ve already got “Mariah” tattooed across your back—will you get “Monroe” and “Moroccan” tattoos?
Nick: I don’t know; I think I might be tattooed out. I was the person who said I would never get tattoos, so even to have that on my back is a big ordeal.
Watch!: Have you gotten any crazy baby gifts from celebrity friends?
Nick: Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne bought us this life-size stuffed giraffe, and some Gothic thrones for the babies. That was a little … different. [Laughs.]
Watch!: You’ve been doing your CBS Radio show on 92.3 FM in New York for almost two years. What do you love about radio?
Nick: Radio is the most intimate form of entertainment—it allows me to really communicate with the fans. As an entertainer you don’t get to do that enough.
Watch!: Have you ever had to censor yourself? Filling four hours a day can’t be easy.
Nick: I’m very opinionated, so I curb it sometimes. But a lot of times I speak my mind and deal with the consequences later.
Watch!: Like when you gave out your real home phone number on the show. What
were you thinking?
Nick: Luckily, we have more than one line, so now the line in the kitchen is designated for people to leave messages.
Watch!: Have people been calling?
Nick: Like crazy. The phone doesn’t stop ringing. There are thousands of messages. We play them on the show every morning. It’s mostly people calling to tell my wife how great she is, or to sing for her. The people who call to tell me how much they love my radio show are few and far between. One dude called and blatantly just said, “Hey, I need $5,000.” You gotta respect that—he came out and asked for what he wanted.
Source: CBS Watch! Magazine