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 starred in the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse produced LeBron James and Mike O’Malley. The show follows Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a basketball star in his early 20s who is thrust into the limelight after signing a multimillion-dollar contract with a pro team. Epps played Cam’s ‘Uncle Julius,’ who moved from the Dorchester projects to an Atlanta mansion with his family after Cam gets a big pro contract.
Mike recently starred in the ABC series Uncle Buck as ‘Uncle Buck,’ a fun loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. The film is based on the 1989 film starring John Candy.
He completed the Universal feature Term Life starring opposite Vince Vaughan and Hallie Steinfield, which was released in 2016. He was seen in HBO bio-pic Bessie based on Bessie Smith, played by Queen Latifah.
He is also currently developing the script Any Means Necessary for Sony Pictures with Neal Moritz attached to produce. He will star opposite Marlon Wayans about a two brothers — one a cop and one a criminal.
In 2011, he 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, being released through Lionsgate/Codeblack Entertainment., followed by the independent Nina Simone biopic, Nina, starring Zoe Saldana.
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…, both which aired on Showtime. His latest comedy special, Mike Epps: Don’t Take it Personal was released on Netflix in 2015. He also released his first comedy rap album called Funny Bidness: Da Album. The album featured Snoop Dogg, Kid Rock, and Slim Thug to name a few. That year also marked the release of his comedy DVD Funny Bidness.
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?