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January 20, 2007

A Conversation with Actor and Comedian Mike Epps

Mike Epps
Mike Epps
On Tuesday, February 27, Farmingdale State College will host actor and comedian Mike Epps in an Inside the Actors Studio-style conversation with It's Showtime at the Apollo host KiKi Shepard in recognition of Black History Month. Kiki Sheppard will engage Mike Epps with questions about his life experience and success in the Roosevelt Hall Little Theater from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. It is free and open to the public.

Mike Epps grew up between Gary , Indiana , where he spent summers with his grandparents, and Indianapolis where he shared a house with eight siblings and his mother. He found fame as a touring stand-up with Def Comedy Jam but left the circuit for Los Angeles when given a chance at starring opposite Ice Cube in the movie sequel Next Friday . Since his big break, Epps' credits include: Dr. Doolittle 2 , How High , All About the Benjamins , Friday After Next , The Fighting Temptations , Resident Evil: Apocalypse and as Ed Norton to Cedric the Entertainer 's Ralph Kramden in the remake of the famed 1950's sitcom, The Honeymooners.

Mike Epps describes his humor as rooted in everyday situations. "My life's experiences are the source of my humor," says Epps. "I don't work off of a script or a set list; I try to be spontaneous. I deal with characters and emotional content." While he admires many of today's comedians, his heroes are the ones he grew up with; namely, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, and Redd Foxx.

This Black History Month special event is sponsored by the Farmingdale Student Government, and the Office of Affirmative Action, Equity & Diversity.

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