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MIKE EPPS (Reggie) has generated an extraordinary amount of buzz among his
peers and within the industry for being one of the funniest comic actors to emerge into
the Hollywood scene as of late.
Epps recently came off of a huge box-office hit with his reprising role as LJ in
Screen Gems’ futuristic action franchise Resident Evil: Extinction, which was number
one at the box office for two consecutive weeks in September 2007. Epps also has a
small but dramatic role alongside Don Cheadle in Talk to Me for Focus Features.
After these two big studio movies, Epps can next be seen in two anticipated indie
films: The Grand, with Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines, which is set for a Spring
2008 release; and Next Day Air, starring opposite Mos Def for a Summer 2008 theatrical
When Epps isn’t filming, he is touring the country and performing in his comedy
act, Mike Epps on the Edge Tour, to sold-out theaters and arenas across the country. Last
year, Mike’s one-hour comedy special, Mike Epps: Inappropriate Behavior, aired on
HBO and was one of the network’s top-rated one-hour specials of the year, followed by
its subsequent DVD release that same month. Later that fall, Mike transitioned from his
HBO comedy special to being the new host of HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, which aired on
September 10, 2006.
Since 2000, Epps’ comedic film roles have exploded. In March 2002, Epps was
seen starring opposite Ice Cube in New Line Cinema’s All About the Benjamins. Epps
also reprised his role as Day-Day in Friday After Next, the third installment of the Friday
series. In 2003, Epps appeared in the Paramount Pictures comedy, The Fighting
Temptations, alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles, and in 2004, he was in
Screen Gems’ blockbuster sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse, starring Milla Jovovich.
In September 2005, Mike played the comic relief as a loud-mouthed garbage man
in Fox Searchlight’s Roll Bounce, a film set in the late 1970s about the roller skating
lifestyle that also starred Bow Wow, Chi McBride and Nick Cannon. Mike then went on
to play a pivotal role in the Focus Features romantic comedy Something New, starring
Sanaa Lathan as a black career woman who unexpectedly finds love with a white
working-class man, played by Simon Baker. Earlier that same year, Epps starred in two
classic remakes—first Epps was seen in Columbia Pictures’ well received Guess Who,
starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac, which was released in March 2005. He then
starred in Paramount Pictures’ remake of The Honeymooners, in which he played
comedic legend Ed Norton, alongside Cedric the Entertainer as Ralph Kramden.
A native of Indiana who has steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy
ranks for the last seven years, Epps’ comedic talent was recognized by a national
audience in 1995 when he appeared on the Def Comedy Jam tour and appeared on HBO’s
Def Comedy Jam broadcasts. Epps moved to Los Angeles after his successful
performance at the 1999 Laffapalooza festival in Atlanta. During his performance at The
Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Epps caught the attention of Ice Cube. This led to him
being cast in his feature film debut, 2000’s hit comedy Next Friday. Epps has also
appeared in Bait, with Jamie Foxx; How High, with Method Man and Redman; and was
the voice of Sonny in Dr. Dolittle 2.
Epps currently resides in Los Angeles.
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