Mike Epps is generating an extraordinary amount of buzz among his peers, not only for being one of the funniest comic actors in town, but also for his burgeoning dramatic talent.
Mike returned last summer for the second season of 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 plays Cam's Uncle Julius, who moves from the Dorchester projects to an Atlanta mansion with his family after Cam gets a big pro contract. Although Uncle Julius loves the perks of success, he still tries to keep the family on point with his guidance and wisdom.
In March 2016, he will start production on The Weinstein Film "Pryor," starring opposite Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy and Kate Hudson, as the legendary comedian Richard Pryor. Directed by Lee Daniels and written by Bill Condon and Danny Strong, the film will bring to life the comedian's ground-breaking accomplishments on stage, TV and film.
He was recently seen in HBO's Emmy-winning biopic "Bessie,"as Richard Morgan, a bootlegger and romantic interest to Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah). The film also won a Critics Choice Award for best mini-series/movie.
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," followed by the independent Nina Simone biopic, "Nina," starring Zoe Saldana. In "Nina," he also played Richard Pryor, who opened for the singer in the early 60s.
In 2009, Mike headlined his hugely successful stand-up special, "Mike Epps: Underrated and Never Faded," followed in 2011 by "Mike Epps Presents…." He also released his first comedy rap album, "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."
Epps steadily climbed his way up the stand-up comedy ranks after 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?"
Epps can be seen in over 40 cities and 3 continents this year on his worldwide "Mike Epps After Dark" Live Nation Tour.