Mike Epps: I Go On Stage At Night To Be Happy

Mike Epps: I Go On Stage At Night To Be Happy

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It's not unusual to hear that a favorite comedian had a rough childhood, only to draw howls of laughter talking about it during a standup routine.  And Mike Epps is no exception.

"You've heard of the dark clown, the sad clown," Mike explained to Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.  "For me, everything I draw from is my childhood.  All the pain that I did grow up with as a kid, I make jokes out of.  Everyone's out there laughing, and after the show I'm like, 'My mother is going to kill me for saying that."

Richard Pryor is another comedian who used his painful experiences to get laughs.  And Mike tells GDLA he's going to play Richard in the upcoming movie, "The Nina Simone Story," starring Zoe Saldana.  "It was very intimidating, but that's the godfather. "t was kind of like someone saying, 'You're the grandson; go out and play your granddaddy."

Mike will play the Long Beach Terrace Theater on Saturday, October 12.  If you need a laugh, check out his show.

Fun Facts About Mike Epps:

  • He is an American stand-up comedian, actor, film producer, writer and rapper. He is best known for playing Day-Day Jones in Next Friday and the sequel-to-the-sequel, Friday After Next, and also appearing in The Hangover, as "Black Doug".
  • He was the voice of Boog in Open Season 2 (the sequel to Open Season), but was replaced by Matthew J. Munn in Open Season 3. 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 L.J. in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and Resident Evil: Extinction in 2004 and 2007 respectively.
  • Epps moved to Atlanta where he worked at the Comedy Act Theater, before moving to Brooklyn to star in Def Comedy Jam in 1995. Epps ended up on the Def Comedy Jam tour and starred in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Mike will be at the Long Beach Terrace Theater on Saturday, October 12th. For tickets, click HERE.

You can follow Mike on Twitter: @therealmikeepps

Website: mikeepps.com

 

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