Mike Epps is an American stand up comedian, actor, film producer and rapper. Beginning his comedy career on Def Comedy Jam tour, Epps is best known for his work in stand-up comedy which is also his biggest money-maker. His film credits include “Next Friday”, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” and their sequel. Mike Epps has an estimated net worth of $6 million.
Mike Epps Net Worth: Beginning And Rise To Fame
Mike was born Michael Elliot Epps on November 18, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He started telling jokes as a kid and by his teenage years, he began performing stand up comedy. In an effort to increase his prospects in stand up, Mike moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began performing at the Comedy Act Theater.
He went professional with his stand up career in 1995 after he moved to Brooklyn and landed a role on Russell Simmons‘ HBO comedy series Def Comedy Jam— the same platform responsible for bring to limelight other African-American comedians like Martin Lawrence, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey and Jamie Foxx. Epps then starred on two Def Comedy Jam broadcasts, gaining much fame.
After Def Comedy Jam ended in 1997, Epps was selected by Vin Diesel to star in his 1997 drama film “Strays” which was his directorial debut. Diesel who wrote the script for the movie also portrayed the lead. Epps then had minor roles in two TV shows HBO’s “The Sopranos” and “Pimps Up, Ho’s Down”.
Mike Epps Net Worth: Movie Breakthrough And Continued Success
While Epps struggled to land regular movie roles, he remained active in stand up. During one of his stand up sets, his performance caught the attention of Ice Cube who at the time was searching for a replacement for Chris Tucker for his film “Next Friday”, a sequel to the original movie entitled “Friday”.
Epps successfully auditioned for the role of Day-Day Jones which became his breakthrough role. “Next Friday” grossed almost $60 million against a budget of $11 million making it a box office hit! Epps went on to reprise his role in the next sequel “Friday After Next” (2002). His relationship with Ice Cube led to another successful collaboration “All About the Benjamins” (2002).
After his breakthrough gig, Epps got another major hit with comedy film “The Hangover” (2009) which grossed $467.5 million against $35 million. The success led to two sequels, however Epps starred in the second sequel “The Hangover Part III” (2013).
His first voice role came in the Eddie Murphy comedy “Dr. Dolittle 2” which made $176.1 million from $70 million. Later in 2008, he replaced Martin Lawrence to voice the role of Boog in “Open Season 2”.
Epps’ longest running TV role is in the LeBron James-produced comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse” which premiered in 2014. He remains active in the big screen, his Meet the Blacks (2016) made $9.1 million from $900 k.
Mike Epps Net Worth: Music Career
Epps has achieved mild success as a rap artist. He has collaborated with more established rap acts like the G Unit rap group, Busta Rhymes and French Montana. He released a few singles in 2008 which was ensued by the release of his debut comedy album entitled “Funny Bidness: Da Album” in 2009.
The album featured Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and peaked at #9 on the Billboard Top Comedy Albums. It included tracks that featured Snoop Dogg, Akon, Bow Wow and Young Joc. Additionally, Epps has appeared in music videos of artists like Whitney Houston, T.I., Alicia Keys, Tyga, Kendrick Lamar and more.
His comic abilities earned him a role as host of BET Hip Hop Awards in 2009 a role he has reprised till 2014.
In 2012, when the Super Bowl XLVI was held in Epps’ native Indianapolis for the very first time, he was selected to serve as the “Super Bowl ambassador”. His roles included promoting the Super Bowl village via commercials and making special appearances at the village during the Super Bowl weekend. That Super Bowl saw The New York Giants emerge victorious against the New England Patriots.
In 2006 He married Mechelle McCain in whom he met on the scene of “The Fighting Temptations”. Ten years after marriage, Mike filed for divorce in 2016 citing irreconcilable differences. The couple share 3 children, while Epps has an additional child from a previous relationship.
Epps is an avid car collector. He has a collection of 9 cars made up of hot rods, vintage, and modern luxury vehicles all valued at $3 million.