ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS
MIKE EPPS reteams 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 recently completed filming Friday
After Next with Ice Cube â€“ the film is scheduled to be released on
November 27, 2001.
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 tour the comedy circuit and works out at clubs wherever he is
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