Photo Courtesy Showtime
Photo Courtesy Showtime

First things first. Yes, Nick Cannon jokes about his gig hosting America’s Got Talent – eight summers in primetime on NBC, with his ninth season and the talent showcase’s 12th beginning production next week – on his third stand-up special for Showtime, Stand Up, Don’t Shoot, only he doesn’t say NBC cost him his black card.

“I grew up like a real n****r. All that stuff. But I honestly believe, once I started doing America’s Got Talent, they took my real n****r card. They did! Because then like these type of people started showing up to my shows,” Cannon says, jokingly pointing to three older white audience members in the front row. “I can’t do the real n****r stuff no more, because then they’ll put me on TMZ.”

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