Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out is an American sketch comedy and improv television series that was created and hosted by comedian Nick Cannon.[2] It debuted on July 28, 2005, on MTV and concluded in summer 2007.

In November 2012, MTV2 announced that the series would be returning in 2013 after a six-year hiatus. The series features up and coming comedy stars, along with the show's original cast.[3][4] The premiere episode of season five had 1.1 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast in MTV2 history.[5]

On June 9, 2016 MTV announced that Wild 'n Out is renewed for an eighth season and it will premiere on August 4, 2016 on MTV.[6]


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 will be revamped once again with the Gold Squad replacing the Black Squad. The Gold Squad will be led by Cannon while the celebrity guest remains captain of the Platinum Squad.

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'.

Each episode also includes a musical performance, occasionally by the guest captain for the Black 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. Major changes were implemented for the second season including shifting the show location to Hollywood and the teams now compete for a "Wild 'n Out" Championship belt which if the Black Squad wins, the team captain gets to take home.


For the first four seasons, the show filmed from Los Angeles/Hollywood and aired on MTV. The first run episodes were suspended as Mr. Renaissance Entertainment became Ncredible Entertainment in 2012. Upon being revived in 2012, the show was produced in New York City and aired on MTV2 during Seasons 5-7. Beginning in 2016, the show will return to airing new episodes on MTV and also for the first time since season 4, production will be in Los Angeles.

The Wild'n Out Theme Song for Seasons 1-4 was produced by Fat Man Scoop. The theme music for Season 5 onward was created by Nick Cannon himself while a new theme song for Season 8 was made.


Season 1-4

Season 5 - Present


Broadcast history

Season 1

No.Team CaptainWriterPerformer/GuestOriginal airdateNo. in total
1"Orlando Jones"Nick CannonCassidy/Biz MarkieJuly 28, 20051
The first episode sets up the whole season. The start off the show by playing “The Questions Game” from where the Black and Red team can only ask each other questions. Orlando Jones comes up with a funny question, “Did Yo Mamma tell you?”, and wins it for the Black Team. The second game they play is “Tore up from the Floor Up”. They bring people out of the audience that they think look funny and make fun of them. During this game Robert Hoffman strips nearly all the way down, leaving his underwear and his long, white, grey-on-the-tip socks. Robert Hoffman seems to love being in his socks, and leaves his shoes off for a while. Hoffman's team wins that round. The 3rd game is a game called “I’m On the List!”, wherein the Black Team and the Red Team have to act out celebrity personalities and the team captains have to figure out who the impression is of, then let that "celebrity" into the club. The Red Team wins the 3rd game. And the last game is called “Wild Style”. The cast has to go head to head free styling each other and making punch lines. Who ever is the funniest wins the whole game. The Red Team Wins the whole thing! Cassidy comes through and plays "I'm A Hustla" from his album 'I'm A Hustla"
2"Christina Milian"Nick CannonCommonAugust 4, 20052
Nick Cannon on the Red Team, goes against Christina Millian on the Black Team to see who can win. Christina Millian tries to take Nick Cannon's comedy crown. They play "Talkin' Spit", "The Interrogation Game", "R&Beef" and "Wild Style" like they do at the end of the show every night. Nick Cannon's Red Team wins at the end of the show. Common Performs "Go" from his album BE and break dances on the floor with Affion Crockett, one of the stars off "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N' Out".
3"Ying Yang Twins"Nick CannonYing Yang TwinsAugust 11, 20053
In this episode the Ying Yang Twins are the captain of the Black Team. In the first game called “Got Props?” the team members get a prop and use them to do funny things. The Black Team wins that round. In the next round called “Star Sightings” the two teams have to go out in the audience and find people that look like celebrities, but do it in a funny way. The Red Team wins that round. Up next is funny game called “That's My Dog”, 1 person from each team has to be a dog, they only can bark and act out things, but they can’t speak. And the other person from each team has to find out what the dog is saying. The Black Team wins that game. In the last round called “Wild Style”, the teams go head to head and do funny punch lines. The Red team wins that round, so that means they win the whole thing. Afterwards the Ying Yang Twins perform their hit song “Wait (The Whisper Song)” from their CD USA (United States of Atlanta).
4"Kanye West"Nick CannonKanye West/Tracee Ellis RossAugust 18, 20054
This week's episode is with Kanye West, he is the captain of the Black Team. The first game is called “Tore up from the Floor Up”, the team mates go out into the audience and get people that they think looks funny and sends them on stage and make punch lines about them. The Black Team wins that round. Next up is a game called “The Hating Game”, it's like the dating game but the woman picks the guy that she hates the most by their lines. Tracee Ross plays the lady that pick between two guys that she hates the most. The Red Team wins that one. In this round they play a game called the “Unhappily Ever After” game, the audience comes up with a story that the cast comes up with that doesn’t end “Happily Ever After”. The Red Team wins that. In the “Wildstyle” round Kanye West and Nick Cannon's team goes against each other making punch lines as they go along. Kanye's Black Team wins the whole thing. At the end Kanye hypes the crowd with a song from his “Late Registration” album called “Diamonds of Sierra Leone”.
5"Eva Pigford"Nick CannonT.I. & P$CAugust 25, 20055
This time the Black Team captain is Eva Pigford. She was along her protege Chynna Terrell. In the first game “Snap on the Shots”, the team members off each team make jokes of pictures that come up on a screen: if it's funny, they get a ding; if it's not they get a buzzer. The Black Team wins that round. The 2nd game 1 person from each team has to sit in a chair and put water in his or her mouth, one of the people from each team and has to say something funny so that the other person can spit the water out of their mouth and win a point. The Red Team takes that round. The 3rd game is “60 Second Sequel” where the audience screams out a movie so that the team members can make a sequel to it. If the audience screams loud for a team that team wins. The Red team wins that round. In the last round “Wildstyle” the two teams go head to head making punch lines; the Red Team wins the last round. At the end T.I. and P$C perform "Set It Out".
6"Kenan Thompson"Nick CannonThe Pussycat DollsSeptember 1, 20056
This episode Kenan Thompson comes through and is the captain of the Black Team. In the 1st game “World's Worst” the team members have to do a skit and make fun of things that a person can do the worst of. The Red Team wins that round. The next game is called “Star Sightings”: the two teams go out and find people in the audience that look like stars. In the 3rd game called “Unhappily Ever After”, the team members make a skit of stories that end happily ever after, but the team has to make their ending unhappy and funny. The Red Team wins. In the last game “Wildstyle” they go against each other making funny punch lines. The Red Team wins it all. At the end The Pussycat Dolls perform their hit single “Don’t Cha”.
7"Fonzworth Bentley"Nick CannonTrillville/Vanessa MinnilloSeptember 8, 20057
In this episode Farnsworth Bentley is the captain of the Black Team. In the first game called “Got Props?” the Wild N’ Out members have to do something funny with the props that are given to them. The Black Team takes that round. In the next game “Tore up from the Floor Up” the cast goes out and finds people they think are funny and send them on stage to make fun of them and how they are dressed. The Black Team wins that one. TRL’S host Vanessa Minnillo selects the Red Team as she plays the game “The Hating Game”; the Red Team wins that round. In the last round “Wildstyle” the Black Team wins overall. After the show Trillville plays a hit song from their album Some Cut.
8"Omarion"Nick CannonLil WayneSeptember 15, 20058
In the 8th episode Omarion is the captain of the Black Team. In the first game “World's Worst” the members do things that people can be the worst at; the Red Team wins the 1st round. In the 2nd round they play a game called “Do Dat Dance”. DJ D-Wrek has to come up with a new dance move and the cast has to create it. The Red Team wins again. In the next game called “Deaf Jam” they have to play out a song without saying any words, and their teammate has to figure it out. The Red Team wins this round too. In the last game “Wildstyle” everyone pitches in and goes against others. The Black team wins overall. Lil’ Wayne performs "Earthquake" after the show.
9"Kevin Hart"Nick CannonDavid BannerSeptember 22, 20059
Kevin Hart joins his black team crew in a game called "That's My Dog". That's where one teammate has to be a dog and the other has to be a person who tries to figure out what the person is saying. The Black Team wins that round. The next round DJ D-Wrek explains "The Questions Game" where a Red teammate and a Black teammate have to keep asking questions, and if one teammate doesn't know a question to ask the other team wins the point. The Red Team wins the round. In the next game "60 Second Sequel" both of the teams are giving a movie to make a sequel to. The Black Team wins that round. In the last round "WildStyle", at the end the black team wins. David Banner gets the crowd hyped with a song.
10"Method Man"Nick CannonLil ScrappySeptember 29, 200510
Method Man comes through, captain of the Black Team. They start it off playing the game "You Can't Say That Shit" were you can say bad things but not make it obvious you are saying it. The Black Team wins that. The next game they play is called "Star Sighting" where the person has to find an audience member that looks like a celebrity. The Black Team wins. Next up is the "R&Beef Game"; you have to sings songs that are really funny. The Black Team wins that one. At the end they play the "WildStyle" game. The Red Team wins the whole thing. Lil' Scrappy then performs "No Problem".

Season 2

The second season contains a total of 12 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from February 2, 2006 to April 6, 2006.

Season 3

The third season contains a total of 8 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from August 10, 2006 to October 5, 2006.

Season 4

The fourth season contains a total of 20 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from May 12, 2007 to September 6, 2007.

There was also a reunion episode to show the funniest moments of the show. It aired on May 23, 2010.

Season 5

The fifth season contains a total of 12 episodes which were originally broadcast in the United States from July 9, 2013, to September 24, 2013.[7]

Season 6

In 2014, Wild 'N Out was renewed for a sixth season.[8] The sixth season contains a total of 16 episodes which broadcast from July 2, 2014 to February 4, 2015.

Season 7

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

Season 8

The eighth season will begin on August 4, 2016 on MTV, marking the first time in almost a decade that the show will air new episodes on its original network, and will contain 21 episodes.