(University of Central Florida, CFE Arena) -- In front of a sold-out arena crowd, Nick Cannon and his crew of improv comedians and battle rappers from the MTV hit-show 'Wild 'N Out' threw central Florida into a laughing frenzy during its 2-hour show in East Orlando Saturday September 23.
On this night Cannon brought with him Wild 'N Out comedian favorites: Chico Bean, Justina Valentine, Emmanuel Hudson, Rip Michaels, and battle rappers Conceited and Hitman Holla. The show took a neat twist when the audience got individual solo comic routines from Chico Bean, Hudson and Michaels, with each turning out SOLID hilarious performances that could have garnered their own sold-out weekend at Orlando Improv. In between solo acts, the crew ran through live performances of the very television skits that made the TV show so popular (such as 'Let Me Holla' and 'Family Reunion), with each skit calling for audience members to come up and join the cast members onstage. As with the TV show, DJ D-Wrek controlled the familiar 'bell' or 'buzzer' after each joke while the comics were together.
Tonight's live show also included special musical performances by Rich Homie Quan and Kodak Black. The solo-appearing Quan connected better with the audience during his performance toward the beginning of the show, than Kodak and his entourage of about half a dozen did at the very end of the night. Quan's delivery was deliberate and intentional while Kodak's performance fell short with onlookers.
Although the show was on the pricier end (UCF students paid the $25 'discounted' rate, with some non-students getting lucky with scoring $30 tix, while others paid within the $80-$130 range in the week leading up to the show), the show was well worth the cost of admission. The crowd consisted mostly of 25+ year olds, which was good because tonight's language was a lot more graphic than its normal, bleeped-out, profanity-censored TV-format, which was just fine to the ears for most of tonight's adult crowd. The Mariah jokes came out at Nick during the battle segment of the show, but all-in-all the comics were able to roll with the unscripted punches each time. For as large as CFE Arena was, the comedians did a very good job drawing in the audience, and it was like watching friends from school having a good old time at someone's house, with comics putting their arms around fans on stage, some even offering up hugs, and one bold female even got to take a selfie with Cannon as he rhymed about her beside him onstage.
If this show should come your way, I'd highly encourage you to check it out. Between the high-energy and constant laughs and bass-heavy music, it's an all-around great experience.