“When I was 17, we weren’t doing that well financially, and my mother, at the time, was working extremely hard. She was going to school. She had a couple of jobs. My mother made me get a job at, like, Wienerschnitzel. [It was a job] just to kind of help ends meet. I ended up getting fired. I ended up getting fired because I was playing on the intercom system at the drive-thru, telling jokes. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a stand-up comic.”
-Actor, rapper, radio host and television impresario Nick Cannon, explaining to MTV’s “When I Was 17″ why his employment situation in his high school years was so rocky. Cannon is a part of this weekend’s new episode of “When I Was 17,” which airs on Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. on MTV. The episode is fleshed out by testimonials from real estate mogul and “The Apprentice” host Donald Trump (who talks about his love of sports and his prospects for playing major league baseball) and former Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day (who thought sex was “gross” and was known by a nickname that can’t be re-printed on this particular blog).
Cannon didn’t have to go back to working the drive-thru, as he worked his way up the stand-up ladder and eventually landed acting work in “Drumline” and on Nickelodeon’s “All That.” From there came the rest of his career: A rap album, several MTV shows, hosting duties on “America’s Got Talent” and the better half of wife Mariah Carey.
Check out the new episode of “When I Was 17″ — featuring Nick Cannon, Aubrey O’Day and Donald Trump — this Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV