Played by Mike Epps
Mike Epps is generating an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers for being not only one of the funniest comic actors in town, but also for his burgeoning dramatic talent.
Mike was seen in the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, produced by LeBron James and Mike O’Malley, and completed an arc on the BET show, Being Mary Jane. He also starred in the Universal feature Term Life opposite Vince Vaughn and Hallie Steinfield.
In 2011, Epps was awarded an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Sony Pictures film, Jumping the Broom. He continued to receive critical praise for his dramatic turn in 2012 with Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston and Jordan Sparks. He further pursued his dramatic side with two important roles: starring opposite Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie in the Lionsgate thriller, Repentance, and in the independent Nina Simone biopic, Nina, in which he plays the legendary Richard Pryor, who opened for the singer in the early ‘60s.
Mike completed his Live Nation national tour, Mike Epps: After Dark in 2014. In 2009, Mike headlined his hugely successful stand-up special, Mike Epps: Underrated and Never Faded, and in 2011 introduced the world to new comedic talent with Mike Epps Presents… He also released his first comedy rap album called Funny Bidness: Da Album. The album featured Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock and Slim Thug among others. That year also marked the release of his comedy DVD Funny Bidness. Mike hosted the BET Hip-Hop Awards from 2009-2012, and Shaq’s Comedy All-Stars on Showtime.
Since 2000, Epps steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks when he was recognized by a national audience in 1995 for appearing on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam (which, years later, he would go on to host). During a performance at LA’s Comedy Store, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube. This led to the first of three feature films they would do together: the cult hits Next Friday, Friday after Next and All About the Benjamins.
Other features include the Hangover franchise, Faster, Hancock, Lottery Ticket, Next Day Air, Roll Bounce, The Fighting Temptations, the Resident Evil franchise, Bait, How High, Dr. Dolittle 2, Talk to Me and Guess Who?