Audience takes walk on the wild side with Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon and his Wild N' Out improv group came to campus last night to perform standup comedy in Renaissance Coliseum. Tickets were sold out by the morning of the performance. Photo by Ethan Herman.
Nick Cannon and his Wild N’ Out improv group came to campus last night to perform standup comedy in
Renaissance Coliseum. Tickets were sold out by the morning of the performance. Photo by Ethan Herman.

Attendees filed in a line stretching from Renaissance Coliseum to well past Baker Hall last night as they waited to see comedian Nick Cannon and his troupe perform.

The show, which started 40 minutes late, was called “Nick Cannon presents: Wild ‘N Out” and is based off an MTV2 television series of the same name.

Cannon interacted with the audience before introducing the standup comedy acts of each of his group members, which included Matt Rife, DC Young Fly, Chico Bean and Karlous Miller.

The topics of the performances ranged from politics to sexual orientation to religion.

“I liked how diverse they made it for everybody,” sophomore sports communication major Danielle Snyder said. “They covered basically every age group you could possibly imagine, from young kids to teens to college students to adults. I enjoyed the show very much.”

Other students, however, said they did not enjoy some of the themes of the show.

“The sex jokes made me uncomfortable,” freshman undecided major Judy Jackson said. “I also thought it was going to be in the typical ‘Wild ‘N Out’ format instead of standup … I probably would’ve preferred the regular format. I thought they were up there a little long.”

However, Snyder said she appreciated the different formatting of the performance.

“I liked that they included a lot of Bradley students from the audience in it,” Snyder said. “It was more than they would in the show where it’s just them, but they actually included the audience in the show, so I liked that better.”

“Wild ‘N Out” cameramen roamed the crowds throughout the performance.

“Some of the tour has just the eight other comedians performing with Nick, but we have Nick, which is why we [were] taped,” Activities Council of BU (ACBU) comedy co-coordinator Ryan Rembert said.

The comedy troupe has been traveling to other schools during the semester to test out its show before creating an official tour. According to ACBU Comedy Coordinator Taylor Dorman, the comedy performances will be shown on MTV2.

“They might just use it to review how a live audience reacts to the performance … [but] if the tour goes well and they are going to continue on, that’s how they are going to advertise, and it will definitely be on TV also to show, ‘Hey, we did this,'” Dorman, a sophomore marketing major, said.

ACBU, the event’s host, sold the final tickets for the show yesterday morning, which brought student ticket sales to 919 and faculty, staff and public sales to 1,693. Students were able to pay for tickets in money or canned goods, which will both be donated to the Peoria Food Bank.

“In total Bradley fashion, we sold out at the end,” Rembert, a freshman civil engineering major, said.

The comedy show ended with audience members taking the stage, dancing and rapping with the troupe.