Mike Epps
Mike Epps
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About Mike Epps
Mike Epps has generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peersand within the entertainment industry for being one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into the Hollywood scene as of late He can currently be seen starring in his own one-hour standup special “Mike Epps: Under-rated and Never Faded” airing on Comedy Central and Showtime. In 2009 Epps hosted the BET Hip Hop Awards, and also released his first comedy rap album called “Funny Bidness: Da Album.” The album features Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, and Slim Thug to name a few. That year also marked the release of his comedy DVD “Funny Bidness.” Epps also starred opposite Mos Def and Donald Faison in the dark comedy, “Next Day Air,” from Summit Entertainment He also made a hilarious cameo in the 2009 mega-hit’ “The Hangover”. Epps will be seen this fall in the Warner Bros. film “Lottery Ticket” also starring Ice Cube, Bow Wow, and Brandon T. Jackson. Also look for him next year in the CBS Films action-thriller “Faster” starring Dwayne Johnson. 2008 proved to be an impressive year for Epps. In February, he appeared the Universal Studios ensemble comedy “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” opposite Martin Lawrence, James Earl Jones and Joy Bryant. In April 2008, he appeared in the indie-film “The Grand,” directed by Zak Penn and starring Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines. He was also seen in MGM’s “Soul Men” Sony Pictures’ “Hancock” and “Open Season 2” in which he lends his voice. When Epps isn’t filming, he is touring the country and performing his comedy act to sold-out theatres and arenas. In 2007 his one hour comedy special, “Inappropriate Behavior” aired on HBO and was one of the network’s top-rated one-hour specials of the year, followed by its subsequent DVD release that same month. Later that fall, he transitioned from his HBO comedy special to hosting duties as the new host of HBO’a Def Comedy Jam, which aired on September 10, 2006. In 2007, Epps reprised his role as ‘LJ’ in Sony’s futuristic action franchise, “Resident Evil: Extinction,” which placed number one at the box office for two consecutive weeks in September ‘07. Epps also had a small but dramatic role longside Don Cheadle in “Talk to Me” for Focus Features in August 2007. Since 2000, Epps’ comedic film roles have exploded; in March 2002 Epps seen starring opposite Ice Cube in New Line Cinema’s “All About the Benjamins.” Epps also reprised his role as Day-Day in “Friday After Next,” the third installment of the “Friday” series, In 2003, Epps appeared in the Paramount comedy, “The Fighting Temptations” alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. Beyonce Knowles, and in 2004 he was in Sony Pictures’ blockbuster sequel Resident Evil Apocalypse” starring Mila Jovovich. In September of ‘05, Epps played the comedic relief as a loud mouthed garbageman in Fox Searchlight’s “Roll Bounce,” a film set in the late 1970s about roller skating lifestyle which also starred Bow Wow, Chi McBride, and Nick Cannon. Epps then went on to play a pivotal role in the Focus Features romantic comedy, “Something New,” starring Sanaa Lathan as a black career woman who expectedly finds love with a white working-class man, played by Simon Baker. Earlier that same year, Epps starred in two classic remakes — first Epps seen in Columbia Pictures’ well received, “Guess Who”, starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac which was released in March of ‘05. He then starred in Paramount Picture’s remake of “The Honeymooners,” which he played comedic legend Ed Norton, alongside Cedric the Entertainer s Ralph Kramden. A native of Indiana who has steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks for the last seven years, Epps’ comedic talent was recognized by a nationa1 audience in 1995 when he appeared on the Def Comedy Jam tour and appeared on HBO’s Def Comedy jam broadcasts. Epps moved to Los Angeles after his successful performance at the 1999 Laffapalooza festival in Atlanta. During his performance at LA’s Comedy Store, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube. This led to being cast in the co-starring role of Day-Day in his feature film debut, 2000’s hit comedy “Next Friday.” Epps has also appeared in “Bait” with Jamie Foxx, “How High” with Method Man and Redman and was the voice of Sonny in “Dr. Dolittle 2.” Epps currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.