Nick Talks About Newborn Twins

>> Saturday, May 14, 2011

EW talked to Nick Cannon about his first stand-up special, his wife Mariah Carey, and the pair's recently born twins, Moroccan and Monroe. Excerpts from the interview are below.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that you are a father, you're probably getting great material from the twins.
Yeah I got tons of jokes already. Ready to hit the stage ASAP.

How is it being a father?
Ah, man, it's amazing. It's surreal. Probably the most beautiful thing that's ever happened to me is to be able to have a family and to be able to just live in that moment as long as you possibly can.

The names Moroccan and Monroe have gotten a lot of attention. Did you two anticipate that?
I had no idea it was gonna get that much attention. We don't sit around and like calculate what we're gonna do. These are things that we really feel. We're creative and eccentric people, so clearly a lot of people are gonna have opinions about the deicisions we make. But we don't really care at the end of the day. They're meaningful names to us and they're special to us. I guess that's the purpose of having a name: for people to take notice. So we're off to a good start.

Who do they look most like?
A lot of people [say] they look like me. It's funny, we have our own baby pictures in the room, and we're like holding them to the baby and like, "Wel l, he kinda has your head and my eyes." I would say it's a mixture of both right now.



Mariah in Wedding Dress Hours After Giving Birth

The world already knew Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon had renewed their vows on their anniversary, as they have every year since marrying in 2008. This was, of course, despite her giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe just hours before. But in our discussion with Cannon about his upcoming Showtime comedy special, Mr. Showbiz, he revealed that it was a ceremony complete with proper attire.

"We thought we probably weren't going to be able to do it, especially since my wife gave birth on our anniversary," Cannon tells "But she's a champ, man; she's superwoman. She pulled it off: Hours after giving birth she was in a wedding dress and a veil, exchanging vows. Not only do our children share a birthday, but we all share a day together. It's like Cannon Family Day. We're starting our own holiday. "

He also filled in details of playing Carey's music during her childbirth on April 30: "I was DJing her music. Our kids were born to her Fantasy performance at Madison Square Garden, so there was a big round of applause as the kids came out. She timed it that way."

She also continues to stay with the twins in a Los Angeles hospital since they're remain in the neonatal intensive-care unit, though Nick expects them to be home "Sunday/Monday-ish." In the meantime, they've taken over an entire wing of the undisclosed hospital. "I don't know how the hospital feels about that," he admits. "We got security standing at the elevator. It's crazy."