Marlon Wayans: ‘Nobody Sucked’ on I Can Do That

I Can Do That - Marlon Wayans with the Harlem Globetrotters
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I Can Do That

We know America has it­—now NBC tries to discover whether celebrities have talent in the new comedy-variety series I Can Do That. Six famous faces, including recording artists Ciara, Joe Jonas, and Nicole Scherzinger, go head-to-head in outrageous competitions, such as performing with the Blue Man Group, shooting hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters, and dancing with hip-hop troupe the Jabbawockeez. Host and comedian Marlon Wayans previews the star-studded showdown.

What was it about I Can Do That that made you say, “I can host that”?

Hosting is not something I wanted to do. I’m more of a performer than a master of ceremonies. But I like the challenge of actually making it a fun show rather than just reading the cue cards. There’s more of a late-night approach to it. I’m more Jimmy Fallon than Ryan Seacrest.

What went into the selection process of these celebrities?

It’s a combination of good-looking, fun people who are dedicated to their craft. We didn’t want to get a celebrity who was on his last legs. We wanted people who have peaked or are peaking still. Ciara is a huge star and only getting huger. Same with Joe Jonas. You’ll get a Wayans brother and a Jonas brother. It’s like having an Osmond and a Jackson all on one show! [Laughs]

Do you wish you could have participated in some challenges?

The Harlem Globetrotters and the Jabbawockeez looked fun. But there’s no way I could do that. I would stick out like a sore thumb. I’m way too tall to be a Jabbawockee!

Which stars impressed you the most?

I’ve got to be honest: Nobody sucked. And trust me, I was waiting for them to suck! They were all so dedicated, and you see why they’re so successful, because they apply the same discipline and hard work that makes them successful to this show. But there is no prize. The prize is bragging rights. If there was money, forget being the host, I’d be in this! This is about pride. Can’t buy that.

I Can Do That, Series premiere, Tuesday, May 26, 10/9c, NBC