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Mike Epps
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Epps in 2013
Birth nameMichael Elliot Epps
Born (1970-11-18) November 18, 1970 (age 50)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
  • Film
  • television
  • stand-up
Years active1989–present
SpouseMechelle McCain (2006–2017)
Kyra Robinson (2019-)
Relative(s) Omar Epps (cousin)
Website www.mikeepps.com

Michael Elliot Epps (born November 18, 1970) [1] is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for playing Day-Day Jones in Next Friday and its sequel, Friday After Next , and also appearing in The Hangover as "Black Doug". He was the voice of Boog in Open Season 2 (replacing Martin Lawrence). As of 2010, Epps was the executive producer on a documentary about the life story of a former member of Tupac Shakur's Outlawz, Napoleon: Life of an Outlaw. He is also known for playing Lloyd Jefferson "L.J." Wade in Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) and Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).


Early life

Epps was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, the son of Mary Reed and Tommie Epps. [2] [3] In his adulthood Epps moved to Brooklyn to star in Def Comedy Jam in 1994. Epps ended up on the Def Comedy Jam tour and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts. [4] His first cousin is actor Omar Epps (Omar's mother and Mike's father are brother and sister). [5]


Stand-up comedy

Epps began his professional career by joining the Def Comedy Jam tour in 1995 and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts. He has been criticized by disability campaigners for mocking physically and mentally disabled children. [6]

Film career

Epps' first on-screen appearance came in Vin Diesel's directorial debut, Strays in 1997. In 1999, Epps was then cast as Ice Cube's co-star (effectively, Chris Tucker's replacement) in the sequel, Next Friday . This came after weeks of auditions after Ice Cube attended a stand-up set Epps did, and then asked Epps to try out for the role of Day-Day Jones.[ citation needed ] His role as Day-Day Jones was a breakthrough for the new actor, who was already familiar to much of the audience from his stand-up work [ citation needed ]. Later that year, Epps had a cameo in 3 Strikes , and supported Jamie Foxx in Bait .

Epps had a voice role in the 2001 movie Dr. Dolittle 2 as Sonny the Bear and finished the year with a featured role as comical pimp Baby Powder in How High , starring Method Man and Redman. Epps reunited with Ice Cube in 2002 as the bumbling thief to Ice Cube's bounty hunter in All About the Benjamins , and again re-teamed with Cube in Friday's second sequel Friday After Next . Epps also voiced another bear character (Boog) in the 2008 film Open Season 2 after Martin Lawrence declined the role. In 2010, Epps also released a stand-up comedy special, Under Rated & Never Faded , and hosted the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards . Epps' name has become synonymous with a particular style of humor, through his appearance with several other African-American artists in the same genre. [ citation needed ] Aside from featuring Cube, the common thread of these films was the hilarious prominence of marijuana-smoking comic characters, like the ones portrayed by Epps.

Epps most recently starred alongside Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in the 2012 remake of Sparkle, in his first non-comedic role as the main antagonist, Satin, a stand-up comic by day, an evil and abusive drug kingpin by night, who is engaged in an affair with the titular character's sister. Epps' performance was well received by critics and audiences. Epps is currently working on a baseball-themed movie, entitled Bad Behavior, alongside teen quartet Mindless Behavior, in which he plays their coach, André Parker. On August 26, 2014, it was announced that Epps landed the coveted role of Richard Pryor in the upcoming biopic directed by Lee Daniels, [7] despite Nick Cannon very publicly campaigning for the role and Pryor's family stating that Marlon Wayans or Terrence Howard should get the role. [8] Epps will star alongside Oprah Winfrey, who will play Pryor's abusive grandmother Marie Carter. [9]


Epps had a small part in the 2007 song A Bay Bay by Hurricane Chris, doing the Rick James move. He appeared in the music video "Gangsta Nation" by Westside Connection. He also hosted a Jim Jones and Skull Gang album entitled Jim Jones & Skull Gang Present A Tribute To Bad Santa Starring Mike Epps . Epps has also made a song called "Trying to Be a Gangsta" with Pooh Bear.

Epps also hosted G Unit's 2008 mixtape Elephant In The Sand, appearing on the track Hollow Thru Him. Epps also has a song called "Big Girls", which came out in 2008. It was originally recorded by Bow Wow featuring Yung Joc. The song is currently on iTunes and can be found on his album, Funny Bidness: Da Album , which was released October 27, 2009. Epps also has featured in rapper French Montana's Mac Wit Da Cheese mixtape, which was released on April 19, 2009. Epps is also featured on the Dom Kennedy song "Intro/Hard Work" on his FutureStreet/DrugSounds mixtape. [10]

Part of his stand-up comedy in Under Rated & Never Faded was sampled for the song "I'm On Everything" by Bad Meets Evil on their first EP, Hell: The Sequel [11] and on the track "Runaway", from J. Cole's second album Born Sinner . Mike Epps was also known in his hometown of Indianapolis as the CEO of Naptown Records.[ citation needed ] In 2006 he signed local artist Philthyphil.[ citation needed ] This artist had just been released from prison after serving three years for a drug indictment in which he was the suspected distributor of large amounts of narcotics.[ citation needed ] The record deal which was reportedly worth $175,000 was later terminated after Phillip "Philthyphil" White was charged with first degree murder in Oakland, CA in 2007. [12] Reports state that Phillip "Philthyphil" White was also said to be the sole mastermind behind the drug distribution which ran as far as Atlanta, Georgia and his hometown of Muncie, Indiana.[ citation needed ] Epps appears in the Tee Grizzley music video of "No Effort". [13] He also appears in 21 Savage's "Bank Account" music video. [14]

Super Bowl XLVI

Epps served as the "Super Bowl ambassador" in his native Indianapolis for the 2012 Super Bowl. He was featured in commercials promoting the Super Bowl Village and he made special appearances in the Village during the week of the Super Bowl. [15]

2014 Atlanta incident

On June 1, 2014, Epps purportedly assaulted fellow stand-up comedian LaVar Walker outside of the Uptown Comedy Club. It was stated Epps and two of his bodyguards did this in response to Walker making a parody video about Epps and comedian Kevin Hart. Epps allegedly struck him in the face and kicked him in the stomach and back, while one of the other two men threw the victim's cellphone and crushed his prescription glasses. Atlanta Police issued a warrant for Epps' arrest two days later on June 3. [16]

Kangaroo incident

Around mid-2017, Epps received criticism for bringing a kangaroo onto the stage during one of his shows. Many noted the animal looked distressed, with Epps grabbing and holding it against its will. Epps later apologized, saying it was completely unscripted and that he would never hurt an animal. [17]

Personal life

Epps is married to OWN Network executive and Iyanla: Fix My Life producer Kyra Robinson. [18] Epps and Robinson married in Newport Beach, California in June 2019. [19] Epps was previously married to Mechelle McCain, whom he married in July 2006. Epps and McCain lived in Beverly Hills, California together until they divorced in September 2017. [20]



1996Vera's InitiationSimonShort
1997 Strays Mike
1998 Pimps Up, Ho's Down HimselfDocumentary
1999Shelly FisherEsquire JonesTV movie
2000 Next Friday 'Day-Day' Jones
3 Strikes Crackhead
Bait Stevie Sanders
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Sonny (Kodiak Bear)Voice only
How High Baby Powder
2002 All About the Benjamins Reginald Wright
Friday After Next Day-Day / Old Man with Shotgun
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Rap-Battle Host
The Fighting Temptations Lucius
2004Still 'Bout ItBobby RayVideo
Resident Evil: Apocalypse Lloyd Jefferson 'L.J.' Wade
2005 Guess Who The Cab Driver
The Honeymooners Ed Norton
Roll Bounce Byron
2006 Something New Walter
2007 Talk to Me Milo Hughes
Resident Evil: Extinction Lloyd Jefferson 'L.J.' Wade
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Reggie Jenkins
Hancock Criminal
Bigg Snoop Dogg Presents: The Adventures of Tha Blue Carpet TreatmentHimselfVoice only
Open Season 2 Boog Voice only
Soul Men Duane Henderson
2009 Next Day Air Brody
The Hangover Doug 'Black Doug'
Janky Promoters Jellyroll
2010Love Chronicles: Secrets RevealedBlackVideo
Lottery Ticket Reverend Taylor
Ghetto Stories Lawn Service Worker
Faster Grone
2011 Jumping the Broom Willie Earl
35 and Ticking Harold
2012 Mac & Devin Go to High School Boyce Armstrong
Sparkle 'Satin' Struthers
2013 Repentance Ben Carter
The Hangover Part III Doug 'Black Doug'
2014 School Dance Principal Jimmy Rodgers
2015 Bessie RichardTV movie
7th and WestlakeGuy
Stealing Cars Sheriff Bryan Till
2016 Fifty Shades of Black Ron
Meet the Blacks Carl Black
Nina Richard Pryor
Term Life Darryl Mosley
What are the Chances?Next door neighbor
2017 Girls Trip Absinthe Dealer
Where's the Money Dre
2018 Acts of Violence Max Livington
Love Jacked Rufus
Death Wish Dr. Chris Salgado
Supercon Gil Burkhaulter
Don't Get CaughtThe Next Door NeighborVideo
Uncle Drew Louis
2019 The Last Black Man in San Francisco Bobby
Troop Zero Dwayne Boudraux
The Trap'Dutch'
How High 2 Baby PowderTV movie [21]
The Cat and the Moon Cal
Dolemite Is My Name Jimmy
2021 The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 Carl Black


1999 The Sopranos JeromeEpisode: "46 Long"
2002All About the Stunts
2004Judge MooneyDionTV Series
2005 106 & Park 1 episode
2005Letter to the President
1995–2006 Def Comedy Jam 5 episodes
2006Inappropriate Behavior
2006The Unsuccessful ThugHimselfTV Series
2006 The Boondocks Moe "Mo Gunz" JacksonEpisode: "Wingmen"
2009–2012 BET Hip Hop Awards Himself/Host
2013 Wild 'n Out Himself
2014 Ridiculouness Himself/L.J.
2014–2015 Survivor's Remorse Uncle Julius
2015That's Racist with Mike EppsHimself
2016 Uncle Buck Buck Russell
2020 BlackAF Uncle Ray1 episode
2021 The Upshaws Bennie Upshaw10 episodes

Comedy Special

2015 Mike Epps: Don't Take It Personal HimselfStand-up comedy special

Music videos


Studio albums
Collaboration albums
Guest Appearances


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