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Nick Cannon recently had twins with his wife, Mariah Carey. And he also has a new comedy special, Â ‘Mr. Showbiz on Showtime…everything is coming up Nick…check out some of Nick’s interview with AOL below…
You chose two very unique names — Monroe and Moroccan — how did you guys pick them?
Yeah, I heard the names have been causing quite the controversy as well. [Laughs] It’s funny, I always say we had our names picked out very early on — we picked one of the names like the first date that we had. But it’s kind of weird that they stayed the same. Monroe, obviously, my wife has always been inspired by Marilyn Monroe … she bought her priceless piano and all that stuff. And I just like the idea that is was more than just naming our daughter Marilyn. I think that would’ve been a little too clichÃ©. Monroe is a very strong name — it sounds really elegant.
And then Moroccan was kind of more my pick. When you think about Moroccan, it’s kind of both of our names together — Mariah and Nick together. And I always like the name Rock. Rock Cannon. It sounded like a strong name. We also have Moroccan rooms in our houses in L.A. and in New York. I’ve always thought that was kind of cool … I actually proposed to my wife in the Moroccan room in New York, so it has a lot of symbolism. We like it a lot.
I love that. Also with twins, realistically you could be done having kids now …
Yeah, I think we are if you ask my wife. [Laughs] I keep threatening her with getting her pregnant again, and she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t think that’s funny. I heard women are their most fertile after they have children … [Laughs]
Watch yourself. Now your special is a lot of fun, but the footage in the beginning of you performing as a kid got me thinking: How is this your first comedy special?
I’ve had a lot of successful sidetracks as I call them. I’ve stumbled upon being a pretty good actor, being a pretty good businessman, a pretty good producer — a lot of doors just opened up. But at the end of the day, my foundation is stand-up comedy. That’s what I’ve always been. It’s taken a while — this has been a life-long dream for me, to get out there and do my own special — so I’m excited about it.
Who are your comedy icons?
I mean, Eddie Murphy … when I first saw ‘Delirious’ and ‘Raw,’ I said “Ooh, I can do that.” Then once I got on the stage and started studying the craft, everyone from Richard Pryor to George Carlin to Robin Williams, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, all those people.
You compare your relationship with Mariah to being like Halle Berry with Soulja Boy! At least in people’s minds.
[Laughs] It is! If you think about it, some people probably see it like that. I hold my wife up high on a pedestal, and sometimes I don’t give myself enough credit, so I can see how people would take it like that.
You’re already running around, doing ‘America’s Got Talent’ stuff all over the country. And they just announced you’re doing the YouTube search again.
Yeah, we’re in Vegas for the narrowing down of the auditions. [The YouTube search] is gonna be fun — that’s exciting. We found Jackie Evancho on YouTube last year, so I’m pretty sure we’ll find some extraordinary talent again this year.
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