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.
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