A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to now that Wild 'N Out includes raunchy improv humor that's most appropriate for adults. Mature themes prevail in almost every comedy bit, including strong sexual content, references to drinking, drugs, violent acts, and other issues. There are lots of insults hurled in every direction, but these are offered within a humorous context (even though it doesn't always seem that way).
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What's the story?
Nick Cannon's WILD 'N OUT is a mature, hip-hop edged comedy game show featuring teams of freestyling comedians battling out for laughs. The series, which takes on a style similar to that of the comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway?, features two teams of up-and-coming comedians who take the stage to outdo each other in a series of segments that require them to crack jokes, improvise, and ad-lib. One team is headed up by actor and R&B artist Nick Cannon, while a guest star like Kanye West or Kevin Hart leads the other. During rounds like "Hate On" and "Wildstyle," each team offers jokes, insults, and other moments designed to out humor the other. Points are earned for each successful exchange. After the final segment, the audience gets to choose who they think has won the competition.
Is it any good?
The adult-oriented series, which has revamped itself over the seasons by changing team names, and even moving the show to New York City from Los Angeles, features lots of mature jokes, biting insults, and explicit content. Over the years the series has also been responsible for catapulting comedians like Kevin Hart and Katt Williams into stardom.
Not every moment is funny, and some of the jokes seem downright mean. Wild 'N Out isn't for everyone, but freestyle fans will definitely be drawn to it. Those who enjoy hip-hop oriented entertainment will also find something here. But the series isn't meant for younger audiences, and even some older viewers may find it more offensive than funny.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about comedy. What makes something funny? When does a joke go from being funny to being offensive? Is insulting someone every funny? Are jokes that include stereotypes ever appropriate, even if they generate laughs?
What is freestyle comedy? Is there a difference between freestyling and improvisation?