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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 – 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 filming.


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