Amateur Night

Amateur Night at the Apollo Season Opener


with special guest co-host Nick Cannon

Known as one of New York’s most popular live entertainment experiences, Amateur Night at the Apollo attracts performers and audiences from around the world in a classic talent competition that has launched the careers of countless legendary artists, from Ella Fitzgerald to Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, D’Angelo, Jazmine Sullivan, and Machine Gun Kelly.

After nearly two years of being dark, the classic competition returns to shed light on the careers of a whole new roster of stars. Be a part of the notoriously “tough” audience in an interactive, family-friendly evening unlike any other. Lend your voice to decide who will “Be good or Be Gone!” and ultimately decide who will win the triumphant $20,000 grand prize.

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This event is included in our Half Off for Harlem promotion. Harlem residents, employees, business owners, and students can save 50% on tickets to select performances throughout the season.

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For the safety of our audiences and staff, all ticketholders and attendees of this event must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the theater. In addition, all attendees are required to wear face coverings while inside the theater. Click here for more information about our COVID safety policies.


Guest Co-Host

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

TV & Radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, director, DJ, philanthropist, children’s book author, and activist, Nick Cannon has entertained audiences for over 20 years. Cannon is currently the host of his own syndicated daytime talk show, Nick Cannon, the executive producer and host of Fox’s hit TV series, The Masked Singer, and host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio show, Nick Cannon Radio. He is also the producer, writer, director, and star of the recently released films She Ball and Miracles Across 125th Street. Nick is also known for his work as Creator, Host, and Executive Producer of the sketch comedy show Wild ‘N Out, which recently announced the premiere of its 17th season.

As a music business curator and label head of Ncredible Entertainment, Nick has helped discover and develop award-winning talent such as H.E.R. and Kehlani. Cannon continuously curates a roster of groundbreaking talent that will dominate the airwaves and music landscape through highly anticipated releases from the Ncredible Gang, Lil’ Dope Boy, Suave, Black Squad, and Justina Valentine. Nick released his latest album in 2020, the EP The Miseducation of the Negro You Love to Hate.