Nick Cannon Recalls Being A Drive-Thru Comic On 'When I Was 17'

'My mother made me get a job at, like, Wienerschnitzel,' Cannon says of his first job.

Nick Cannon is doing just fine for himself. He's a radio host, actor, TV personality, is married to Mariah Carey and he also happens to be a TV exec. But there was a time when money didn't come easily to him: He had to get a job during in high school to help his family out. It's just too bad he was too focused on being an entertainer to keep it for very long.

"When I was 17, we weren't doing that well financially," Cannon, who now has a very good work ethic, says in this week's episode of "When I Was 17" (airing Saturday at 11 a.m. ET), which also features Aubrey O'Day and Donald Trump. "And my mother, at the time, was working extremely hard. She was going to school. She had a couple of jobs."

In order to take some of the pressure off Mama Cannon, she asked her son to pitch in. And he tried.

"My mother made me get a job at, like, Wienerschnitzel," he recalls in the episode. "[It was a job] just to kind of help ends meet. I ended up getting fired."

Why was Cannon fired? Well, he was practicing for his future career. "I ended up getting fired because I was playing on the intercom system at the drive-thru, telling jokes," he explains. "That's when I knew I wanted to be a stand-up comic."

"When I Was 17" — this week featuring Donald Trump, Nick Cannon and Aubrey O'Day — airs Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.

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