A native of Indianapolis, Mike Epps was funny from an early age. His family encouraged him and he began performing stand-up when he was just a teenager.

He later moved to Atlanta to work at the Comedy Act Theater. In 1995, he moved to Brooklyn to star in Def Comedy Jam and ended up on the Def Comedy Jam tour, starring in two of HBO's Def Comedy Jam broadcasts.

After a successful performance at the Laffapalooza festival in 1999 in Atlanta, Epps moved to Los Angeles.

He performed at the Comedy Store, where he was discovered by Ice Cube and was cast as Day-Day in the hit comedies "Next Friday" and "Friday After Next."

A rapper as well as a comic and actor, Epps has released several songs and appeared in many films.

He also tours with his comedy act. His HBO special "Inappropriate Behavior" was one of the network's highest-rated specials.

Epps played his first non-comedic role as Satin in the 2012 remake of "Sparkle" with Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston.

He currently can be seen with the teen quartet Mindless Behavior in "Bad Behavior," a baseball movie in which he plays their coach, André Parker.