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Last year, John Cena took the stage for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in his first-ever stint as host, and he's now gearing up to do it again. Cena is clearly going all in on the comedy this year, and in fact, Nickelodeon has just released a promo video with Cena going full Nutty Professor Eddie Murphy, as the pro wrestling icon plays the entire "Cena family" sitting around the dinner table. Check it out below, but fair warning: it is pretty damned bizarre, to say the least.
Sure, it is Oscar season, and we are very excited to see what happens with the Best Picture nominees like Get Out and The Shape of Water. And even though John Cena didn't show off his layered talents in those flicks, he has us sold on the sheer fun and silliness of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. He embraces weirdness and slime in a major way with this video, showing off his comedic range by cycling through a slew of clichés for the Cena clan -- from the phone-obsessed teenage girl to the happy baby to "Don Cena" hoping that The Rock will make an appearance alongside his former WWE colleague.
And then, of course, there is John Cena as a little baby. There are some things that you cannot unsee, and like the Wayans brothers' similarly angled Little Man, this is most certainly one of those instances.
Beyond delivering a ton of laughs that are undoubtedly perfect for the Kids' Choice Awards' younger demographic (although adults probably laughed quite a bit as well), this video highlights one of John Cena's specific strengths as an actor. Although he has made some notably intense and powerful forays into the worlds action and drama filmmaking (Doug Liman's The Wall comes to mind), comedy is really where the buff athlete has arguably done some of his best work in recent years.
Between his appearances in movies like Trainwreck and Sisters, as well as his upcoming starring role in Blockers, John Cena has shown that comedy might actually be a perfect genre to flex his non-wrestling muscles. Now we just have to wait and see how he does in his sophomore outing as the host of the upcoming, kid-centric awards show.
The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards will air on Saturday, March 24. If you happen to be on the lookout for more information about all of the other shows that are set to debut this spring, then you can make sure to hop over to CinemaBlend's 2018 midseason premiere guide.