More Mike Epps Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Resident Evil: Apocalypse)While performing at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Mike Epps caught the attention of musician/actor Ice Cube who cast him in the comedy Next Friday. Epps next appeared in 3 Strikes, Bait with Jamie Foxx for director Antoine Fuqua and the Method Man and Redman hit How High. He teamed up with Ice Cube again to star in All About the Benjamins, which Ice Cube also co-wrote and Epps served as co-executive producer, and returned to the Friday series in Friday After Next. Most recently, Epps appeared in The Fighting Temptations, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and Beyoncé Knowles.
Epps, always the class cut-up, got his start as a teenager by performing in local stand-up comedian contests. His success in his home state of Indiana gave him the courage to move to Atlanta, where he made a name for himself at the Comedy Act Theatre. Epps then moved to New York City where he was able to break into some of the comedy clubs and soon found himself a part of HBO's Def Comedy Jam. Not only did he star in two of Def Jam's broadcast programs, Epps also toured with Def Comedy Jam and has appeared on numerous national comedy programs, including Uptown Comedy Club and BET's The Comedy Store.
Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment for "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" (16-Sep-2004)
Biography #3 (for Friday After Next)Mike Epps re-teams with Ice Cube, with whom he made his feature film debut, co-starring in New Line Cinema's Next Friday as the comedic partner to Cube's straight man role. Epps was cast after a nationwide search of comedians and actors. After appearing at the Laffapolooza fest in Atlanta, Georgia, Epps traveled to Los Angeles where a stellar appearance in a showcase at the Comedy Store led to a meeting with Ice Cube and his eventual casting. His creation of the character of Day-Day in Next Friday became his breakout screen performance and has now become a classic. Epps has since gone on to appear in the films, Bait with Jamie Foxx and the upcoming How High with Method Man and Hector Elizondo for which he created the role of Baby Powder. He was recently seen opposite Ice Cube in All About The Benjamins for New Line Cinema.
Epps recently completed filming a role in The Fighting Temptations, opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles.
Epps grew up between Gary, Indiana, where he spent summers with his grandparents, and in Indianapolis, where he shared a house with eight siblings and his mother. A teenage class cut-up, he entered a stand-up comedy contest at an Indiana Club called Seville's. His success on stage gave him the courage: to strike out on his own and move to Atlanta where he began making a name for himself at the Comedy Act Theater. The owner of the club suggested Epps move to New York to build his act, and within a week, Epps caught a Greyhound to Manhattan. He was 21 years old. While breaking into the city's conventional comedy clubs proved difficult, the Def Comedy Jam phenomenon stimulated an underground black comedy scene in which Epps excelled. By 1995, Epps ended up on the Def Comedy Jam tour and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts. He continues to successfully tour the comedy circuit and works out at clubs wherever he is filming.
Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "Friday After Next" (01-Jan-2000)